Tuesday, July 30, 2013
EagleMed Achieves SMS Level 2, Expands to Alaska
Air Medical Group subsidiary EagleMed has announced a new safety achievement and expansion plans, as the Wichita, Kan.-based company has reached Level 2 of FAA's voluntary safety management system (SMS) program. The air medical transport provider will also be providing management for Alaska Regional Hospital's EMS program.
FAA implemented its SMS program in 2010 in an effort to work with operators to improve their safety policies, procedures and practices. By reaching Level 2, EagleMed will now begin working with the agency to improve its existing safety risk management process.
On July 15, EagleMed assumed management of Alaska Regional Hospital's fixed-wing medevac service, providing pilots for their fixed-wing King Air B200. Alaska Regional is currently the only non-military hospital where fixed-wing aircraft are able to taxi right up to the hospital doors. By adding Alaska Regional, EagleMed now operates out of 28 different locations across 10 states, with a mixed fleet of Eurocopter helicopters and Beechcraft fixed-wing aircraft.
Related: Air Medical News