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Guardian Flight Buys Sunrise Air Ambulance, Adds Four Bases in Arizona

By R&WI Staff | May 2, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Guardian Flight.

Global Medical Response company Guardian Flight has purchased Sunrise Air Ambulance and its four air medical transport bases in Arizona.

Sunrise operates both fixed-wing and a rotary-wing aircraft from its base in Show Low, Arizona, fixed-wing operations in Springerville and Safford. The Sunrise acquisition brings Guardian Flight's total dedicated Arizona air medical aircraft to nine including bases in Chinle, Kayenta, Window Rock and Yuma.

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"Now that Sunrise is a part of Guardian Flight's air medical operations, our presence in the state will grow even stronger as we are now able to take advantage of its market strength in the region," said Sunrise Chief Executive and Program Director Mike Hayes, who will continue to lead the Sunrise bases. "We continue to deliver the highest quality affordable air medical transportation to the communities we serve."

Guardian Flight, an Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) company, will add Sunrise’s operations to an existing fleet of about  85 aircraft dedicated to air medical flights in the Upper Midwest, Mountain West, Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. Guardian Flight has 750 professional staff, including clinical providers, pilots, mechanics, trained communicators, and support staff.

"We welcome the tremendously experienced and professionally trained Sunrise team of flight and medical providers to Guardian Flight," said Guardian Flight Senior Vice President of Operations Randy Lyman. "Adding Sunrise's eastern Arizona bases strengthens our footprint within the state as we begin working more closely with Mount Graham Medical Center, Summit Healthcare, and White Mountain Regional Medical Center."

Guardian Flight companies include Eagle Air Med, serving parts of Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado, and Utah; Hawaii Life Flight in Hawaii; and Guardian Flight in Alaska and Wyoming. Companies also include Gallup Med Flight and MedStar in New Mexico; Valley Med Flight in North Dakota, Michigan, Montana, and Minnesota; Alaska Regional LifeFlight in Alaska; MountainStar AirCare operating in Utah; North Central AirCare in northern Ohio and AeroCare Medical Transport serving in Arizona and New Mexico.

Parent company AMGH is the country's largest provider of emergent air medical services with more than 100,000 patient transports annually. Across the country, the company has more than 330 air base locations in 38 states with a fleet of more than 400 aircraft.

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