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Friday
December 14th, 2018

• L&T staff report

 

Saturday, Guymon, Okla., welcomed a Bell 407 helicopter to town as part of Apollo MedFlight’s continued effort to expand its ambulance fleet.

Headquartered in Amarillo, Texas, Apollo has been serving the Guymon area since 2012 with a fixed wing air ambulance, which will now be stationed in Amarillo.

The change took effect Saturday, and it allows Apollo MedFlight to provide comprehensive air ambulance within a 150-mile radius of Guymon with a fleet of three aircraft, including the Bell 407 in Guymon, an EC-135 helicopter in Borger, Texas, and a King Air 90 in Amarillo.

The state-of-the-art Bell 407 will include advanced safety features such as autopilot, a Night Vision Imaging System, a Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System and the ability to transmit streaming data with the Outerlink IRIS satellite communication system.

It will initially be stationed at the Guymon airport, but will later move to its permanent home at Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

“Apollo is excited to announce this addition to our fleet,” Executive Vice President Brandon Leasure said. “To be able to improve the rapid care we provide to those with life threatening injuries and illnesses through the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles means a lot to us.”

In another move to expand services, every Apollo MedFlight aircraft will begin carrying blood products in 2019, further enhancing Apollo’s rapid response air medical transport capabilities across the region.

This is in part to Apollo’s new partnership with Coffee Memorial Blood Center, which will provide the lifesaving blood products and packed red blood cells or PRBCs.

Apollo MedFlight offers 24-hour emergency air medical transport. Every Apollo aircraft is equipped similarly to an ICU/CCU with state-of-the-art medical technology expected in a hospital.

Established in 2011 and one of only 175 organizations accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, Apollo MedFlight has bases in Amarillo, Guymon, Borger, Childress and Lufkin.

For more information on Apollo MedFlight services, visit ApolloMedFlight.com, or contact Brandon Leasure at 806-584-8393.

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