Community-based health systems create alliance broadening access to air medical transport services in Virginia – WHSV

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – On Wednesday, VCU Health System, Bon Secours, Mary Washington Healthcare, and Riverside Health System announced an air medical transport alliance.

The effort is supported by Med-Trans Corporation, and this alliance would increase access and shorten response times for patients requiring air support.

A new airbase would be created in Hanover that would expand access to life-saving transport services northeast of Richmond.

Base locations will be in the following areas:

  • Hanover Aiport (new location)
  • Bon Secours Southside Medical Center in Petersburg (Will relocate from Dinwiddie County Airport later this year)
  • Middle Peninsula Airport in West Point

Art Kellermann, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System spoke about the alliance.

“When a patient is critically ill or injured, seconds count,” said Kellermann, “This new alliance proves that when community-based health systems come together to serve all Virginians, good things happen. It will save lives.”

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