StatFlight to relocate to Huntingburg airportMarch 22, 2019
From Local Sources
HUNTINGBURG — St. Vincent StatFlight will relocate its Evansville-based aircraft to Huntingburg Regional Airport by the end of April.
According to a news release Friday from the hospital, moving the aircraft to the Huntingburg location will place the aircraft closer to the major requesting EMS agencies, which in the past, had to use competing air programs.
Additionally, the new location puts the St. Vincent aircraft and the St. Vincent brand in an area that makes it the closest aircraft to serve Daviess Community Hospital, Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, providing the patients with faster access to St. Vincent’s Centers of Excellence.
The impact will be minimal to the Evansville community and those patients who are being transferred out to Louisville or Indianapolis. PHI Air Medical is a partner of St. Vincent and will also operate an aircraft in Greenville, Kentucky, that will be able to rapidly respond to transfer requests originating in Kentucky, without any loss of existing service.
Recently, the pilots of the Evansville-based StatFlight aircraft completed their instrument flight rules training, so they can now transport patients in weather where previously, poor visibility (low clouds, heavy haze and fog) prevented transport by air.
With the new base at the Huntingburg airport, the StatFlight aircraft will be able to take advantage of the airport’s instrument approach process, making it available for more transports than in the past.
“We are excited about this new growth opportunity that expands the St. Vincent name into the communities that we serve, while at the same time providing the excellent patient care that our flight team is known for,” said Dan Parod, President Southwest Region, St. Vincent.
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