Life Star's Leonardo AW109. Photo courtesy of Kansas Life Star
Kansas-based hospital Stormont Vail Health has sold its emergency air transport service to Med-Trans Corp.
The level-II trauma center was part owner of Life Star since its inception in 1988 and the sole owner-operator when the sale of St. Francis Hospital in 2017 prompted Stormont to sell interest in the company, according to a company press release.
“By transitioning the operations of Life Star to Med-Trans, we can focus on patient care and the patient experience, while continuing to be confident in the medical air transportation service,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail's president and CEO. “We will continue to be involved in the care of patients being transferred, including providing the neonatal intensive care transport team."
Med-Trans is a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, which provides emergency air medical services worldwide and operates Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, REACH Air Medical Services, AirMed International and Lifeguard. Its presence in Kansas is established through Eagle Med, the release said.
Life Star’s flight crew on each helicopter includes a pilot, nurse and paramedic. It operates out of two base locations. Its fleet comprises a Leonardo AW109 in Junction City and a Leonardo AW119 in Lawrence. Its communications center is in Topeka.