HELP Flight Achieves Accreditation
January 07, 2009
St. Vincent Healthcare’s HELP Flight has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment for services providing rotorwing, fixed wing and ground transport systems.
Established in 1979, H.E.L.P. (Helicopter Emergency Lifesaving Program) Flight was the second hospital-based helicopter air ambulance program in Montana and within the first ten in the United States. The HELP Flight team consists of highly skilled Nurses, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, Communications Specialists, Pilots and Mechanics who care for and transport adult, high-risk obstetric, pediatric, and neonatal patients from hospitals, clinics, and accident scenes to a higher level of medical care. This rapid service can save lives and reduce the incidence of disabilities resulting from medical illnesses or traumatic injuries.
Today the HELP Flight program includes both a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft. The helicopter is a Eurocopter EC 135 P1, which is owned and operated by Metro Aviation, Inc. The helicopter’s primary service area is a 150 mile radius from Billings and includes South Central Montana and Northern Wyoming. The fixed-wing aircraft is a Beechcraft King Air B200, which is operated by Edwards Jet Center. The fixed wing service area builds on that of the helicopter to include all of Montana, Wyoming and the Western Dakota’s as well as transports to Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Rochester, MN and Seattle, WA.
For residents of farms, ranches and other rural areas, HELP Flight offers a Rural Registry program at no charge. Individuals may pre-register their names, addresses and GPS coordinates of their residences, which can save precious minutes should they ever require rapid air transport services.