The Greenville, S.C.-based unit of Med-Trans Corp. has been recognized as the South Carolina Small EMS Program of the Year, the first helicopter program to gain that recognition.
The Med-Trans One unit transports 1,600-1,700 patients a year, which qualifies it as a small program in South Carolina. The award was presented by the South Carolina EMS Network, comprised of eight state medical and EMS organizations.
The award is given annually to the small unit that "exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community," according to the network.
The unit flies a Bell 407 and operates on a 24-hr basis. It flies under visual flight rules. Med-Trans is gradually converting all its units to the use of night-vision goggles.
In all, Med-Trans has 20 helicopters and operates in nine states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Headquartered in Dallas, Med-Trans Corp. has grown from four to 18 programs over five years.