(KIRKSVILLE, Mo.) — Air Evac Lifeteam and University of Missouri Health Care are partnering to provide northern Missouri and southern Iowa residents with rapid air medical transport to a higher level of emergency healthcare. Air Evac’s Kirksville air medical base, which opened in March 2004, is now MU 4, and the Kirksville crew will continue to serve area residents living within a 70-mile radius.

The aircraft is new, and the brand is new, but our outstanding nurses, paramedics and pilots remain,” said Travis Richards, Program Director. “The new Bell 407 helicopter arrived on July 1, and we are proud to be a part of the MU Health Care family.”

MU 4 is one of four air medical bases with the MU Health Care brand. The others are located in Sedalia, Moberly and Osage Beach. Misty Jones, Director of Emergency Services, said MU Health Care provides medical direction for the clinicians who are on the four helicopters.

“Patients can be assured of the best medical care when they need to be flown for a life- or limb-threatening medial emergency with clinical oversight now provided by MU Health Care physicians,” Jones said.

Richards added that those with AirMedCare Network memberships are still covered if they are flown by MU Health Care.

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About University of Missouri Health Care

University of Missouri Health Care is an academic health system with a mission to save and improve lives. Caring for patients from each of Missouri’s 114 counties, MU Health Care specialists treat the simplest and most complex medical conditions, discover breakthroughs and train the next generation of doctors to do the same. Committed to collaboration, research and innovation, MU Health Care has more than 6,000 physicians, nurses and health care professionals in over 80 specialties working together to give patients seamless care with the most advanced treatments and safest procedures. Serving more than 240,000 patients each year, MU Health Care facilities include Capital Region Medical Center, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Missouri Psychiatric Center, University Hospital, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital, as well as multiple quick care, urgent care, primary care, specialty and affiliate locations. For more information, visit http://muhealth.org.

About Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam is the nation’s leading provider of helicopter air ambulance services. Crews consisting of a pilot, a flight nurse and a flight paramedic, are on duty 7 days a week to respond to the scene of a medical emergency or transport patients between medical facilities. The company operates more than 140 air medical bases across 15 states. For more information, please visit Lifeteam.net.

Air Evac Lifeteam is part of the Global Medical Response family of companies. Global Medical Response, Inc. is the industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services, and managed medical transportation organization. With more than 38,000 employees, GMR delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.globalmedicalresponse.com.