Air Methods gets Big Contract from Haiti Air Ambulance

Haiti Air Ambulance Service Inc. (HAASI) made an announcement to the media it has partnered with Air Methods Corporation (AMC), a supplier of air transport medical services, to offer transportation services from rural hospitals in Haiti's hinterlands to metro acute-care facilities. This is good news for Haiti's Emergency Medical Services sector, which can anticipate critical events will receive air transport services at the scene.


AMC will supply two state-of-the-art Bell 407 helicopters, staffed with three pilots and two mechanics. They will augment HAASI's emergency medical technicians, trained in air transport procedures.

HAASI, a New York non-profit, has been on a humanitarian mission to deliver beneficial healthcare services to Haiti's poorer residents. The problem AMC CEO, Aaron Todd, says that afflicts Haiti is "Patients with survivable injuries . . . too often die because of lack of trauma care in remote parts of the country . . ." He adds deteriorated roads form the nexus of the problem.

Member of HAASI's Board, Reginald Auguste, remarks, not only will the HAASI/AMC partnership improve the availability of healthcare for the poor, it will provide emergency care for visitors to Haiti, an important factor in making the island safe for its tourist trade. He also said the extended healthcare service, offered to Haitian citizens and foreign visitors is a sea change in how the government of Haiti provides for the country's population.

AMC operates three divisions: Air Medical Services, United Rotorcraft Manufacturing, and its Tourism Services.

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