LifeSave transport new base operation in Salina
SALINA — LifeSave Transport, a ground and critical care air transport company, is pleased to announce plans to begin operations of a new air medical transport base in Salina, KS. LifeSave will provide a rotor wing aircraft to transport critically ill or injured patients when needed, serving the North Central part of Kansas. LifeSave’s highly trained medical and flight crews safely transport patients with a medical or surgical emergency that may need advanced care such as provided by a trauma center, a cardiac cath lab, or a stroke team.
A Bell 206 helicopter will be based at the Salina Regional Airport helipad with the crew on-site and “ready alert” within the next 30 days. A budget for hangar renovations to accommodate crew quarters and the mission aircraft has been approved by the Salina Airport Authority. With the rotor-wing aircraft that will be based in Salina, LifeSave will also utilize a system of back up resources including rotor wing and all-weather King Airs based throughout Kansas.
The location of the new base comes as part of LifeSave’s infrastructure plan supporting its new role as the Preferred Partner for the University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative to increase service availability for member hospitals located in North Central Kansas.
“We are fully committed to our transport role in improving patient outcomes and containing costs for patients, hospitals and health systems," said Martin Sellberg, M.D., CEO and Medical Director. "This base offers a new geographic opportunity to deliver our brand of care."
LifeSave’s focus is to work cooperatively with EMS agencies and area hospitals to enhance and expedite patient care when needed. Over the past 18 years, the experienced and dedicated LifeSave crew members have provided thousands of patients rapid access to a higher level of care around the clock in the safest, most efficient, and most caring way possible.
“Our transport service is a very different model from most of the flight services across the country,” explains Missi Knott, Chief Operating Officer. “The owners of our company are both emergency medicine physicians and pilots, which give them a unique understanding of every aspect of the mission. We see ourselves first and foremost as a medical service. We do whatever we can to help the patient and to put the patient first.”
In addition to participating with statewide providers of health insurance including serving as an in-network Blue Cross BlueShield provider, LifeSave offers a membership program. Membership provides prepaid coverage on the out-of-pocket cost associated with a medically necessary LifeSave air transport that may exceed any insurance or medical benefits. For members, LifeSave waives all out-of-pocket costs for a LifeSave air transport after insurance or medical benefits contribution. Memberships are available to community members with a special rate offered to Medicare beneficiaries. For more information about LifeSave’s membership program visit lifesave.com/membership or to speak with a LifeSave Membership specialist by calling toll-free at 1.833.867.5095.