Covenant sells AeroCare to Med-Trans Corporation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/09

Covenant sells AeroCare to Med-Trans Corporation

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Wednesday, Covenant Health System announced that they have entered into agreement with Med-Trans to buy AeroCare.

According to the agreement, this purchase is expected to be effective October 15th, and Med-Trans will assume ownership and the overall management of the AeroCare air medical program. This includes all aviation and air medical services in Lubbock and Clovis, New Mexico. Craig Rhyne, M.D., will continue to serve as the program's medical director.

As a part of the agreement, Med-Trans committed to enhance the AeroCare program with two new helicopters: the first a Bell 407, and the other a Eurocopter EC135 P2, both designed to facilitate optimal patient care. Med-Trans aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art safety equipment and features, such as night vision goggles, radar altimeters, GPS navigation, satellite tracking and communications, and helicopter terrain alert warning systems (HTAWS).

Fred Buttrell, president and chief executive officer of Med-Trans Corporation, said, "Covenant Health System and AeroCare have done a tremendous job of serving the region and providing critical care to patients throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. It is a privilege to work with Covenant, under the AeroCare brand, and to provide this indispensable service to the vast region that they serve."

Covenant AeroCare staff and crews in Lubbock and Clovis will continue to work with hospitals and first responder services throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs in selected locations throughout the United States. Med-Trans currently partners with other West Texas hospitals in Odessa, San Angelo and Amarillo to provide air medical services.

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