Air Evac Lifeteam is increasing its coverage in Tennessee with a new base in Henry County. Officials said the new base, which opened on April 8, will ensure even more residents in the region will have access to lifesaving medical care. The base is temporarily located at the Henry County Airport.
Air Evac Lifeteam is the nation’s largest independently owned and operated air medical service, and its crews provide on-the-scene medical care, rapid medical transport, and transfers between medical facilities. An Air Evac Lifeteam crew, which includes a registered nurse, paramedic and pilot, is on call at each base 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Air Evac Lifeteam President Seth Myers said he is excited to serve Henry County and surrounding residents.
“The Henry County base, along with our bases in Waverly and Martin, Tenn., and Mayfield, Ky., give area residents access to a higher level of care,” Myers said. “Henry County residents now have four bases in a 35-mile radius of Paris.”
Mark Pierce, program director for the Waverly and Henry County bases, said he has been overwhelmed by the support Air Evac has received.
“We’ve received so much help from Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Airport Manager Don Davenport,” Pierce said. “The employees of Henry County Medical Center, HCMC EMS, sheriff’s department, police department, fire department, the Paris Henry County Rescue Squad and 911 Dispatch have been so supportive.”
Pierce added that citizens of Paris and Henry County have a tremendous resource when it comes to their healthcare needs.
“Henry County Medical Center and Henry County Medical Center EMS provide excellent care and service, and we hope to complement that with our newest Tennessee base,” he said.
Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said he is thankful Air Evac decided to establish a base in Henry County.
“Our citizens and patients of Henry County Medical Center will truly benefit by Air Evac’s commitment to further enhance the level of healthcare and emergency services in our community,” Greer said.
Don Davenport, Henry County Airport manager, said he is glad to have Air Evac in Henry County.
“I am a member, and this is a great service to the community,” Davenport said. “We’re glad to have them locally.”
Although membership is not required, Air Evac members who are flown for a life or limb-threatening illness or injury have no out-of-pocket expenses beyond what is covered by insurance. There are currently more than 21,000 members in Henry and surrounding counties. Membership in the AirMedCare Network, of which Air Evac Lifeteam is a part, is just $65 per household per year.
For more information about becoming a member, please visit joinairmedcarenetwork.com, or call 1-800-793-0010.
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