Air Methods Awarded Contract to Provide Services to Haiti Air Ambulance
DENVER, Jan. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation
(Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced
today that it has entered into an agreement with Haiti Air Ambulance Service,
Inc. ("Haiti Air Ambulance"), a New York not-for-profit corporation, to
provide air medical transportation services to the Republic of Haiti. Under
the agreement, which is similar to a traditional hospital services contract,
Air Methods will provide two Bell 407 helicopters (primary and dedicated
back-up) and employ three pilots and two mechanics. Haiti Air Ambulance will
employ the clinical crew and provide medical direction. Initially the service
will conduct daytime only, inter-facility transports from outlying hospitals
back to designated trauma and critical care facilities. As the country's EMS
infrastructure begins to develop, scene transports may become a reality. The
base will be located near the airport in the capital city of Port-au-Prince,
and operations are anticipated to start in first quarter of 2014.
"Air Methods is very pleased to support Haiti Air Ambulance's wonderful
humanitarian effort to bring such a valuable health care resource to the
citizens of Haiti," said Aaron Todd, Air Methods' Chief Executive Officer.
"Patients with survivable injuries in Haiti too often die because of lack of
trauma care in remote parts of the country and poor road conditions. The
ability of this service to extend the reach of trauma services in an
expeditious way will save and improve hundreds of Haitian lives annually."
"At Haiti Air Ambulance, we find this service is an inescapable step toward
increasing health care capacity and enhancing health care access to the
citizens and visitors of Haiti, and it will directly contribute to the
development of my country," said Reginald Auguste, Haiti Air Ambulance Board
Member. "To accomplish the mission, we are proud to partner with the proven
world leader in air medical operations, Air Methods. This is life changing for
Air Methods Corporation (www.airmethods.com) is the global leader in air
medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest
provider of air medical transport services in the United States. The United
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respectively. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft
features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Forward Looking Statements: Forward-looking statements in this news release
are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release that are
"forward-looking statements", including statements regarding the anticipated
start date of the service and types of patient transports, are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently
anticipated due to a number of factors, including, including but not limited
to, receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals to commence service under
the agreement; the integration of air medical services into the Haitian health
care system; and other matters set forth in the Company's filings with the
SEC. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any
obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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