Bases and Service Area
Even though our program began with a single base at the University of Utah, we have expanded to provide faster service where and when we are needed. We now operate out of five separate bases. We have state licensure in the State of Utah and Wyoming, where our basese are located.
The base at the University of Utah is still in full swing and is home to both an Adult/Pediatric team and the High-Risk Obstetrical team. Not only are they responsible for taking flights, they also assist with difficult IV starts in the hospital and ground transports across the bridges that connect the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Primary Children’s Hospital to the University Hospital.
We have agreements with both Ogden Regional Hospital and Mountainview Hospital in Payson. We keep an aircraft and crew at their facilities and they provide us with living quarters and friendly faces. We have a remote base just outside Park City to provide a quick response to the ski resorts and back country areas. In the winter in the event of an accident or avalanche, we can be in the air and overhead in a matter of minutes with the Long Range Receiver. In the summer we can be in the high Uintahs in approximately ten minutes.
A primary function of our program is to provide remote areas with limited medical recourses with a fast, reliable way to transport sick and injured patients from their care facilities to other hospitals with more recourses. We wanted to get closer to those in need so we placed an airplane in Rock Springs Wyoming. Although we have a close relationship with Sweet Water Memoiral Hospital in Rock Springs, we still transport patients from all across the surrounding area using that aircraft.
We also keep a fixed-wing aircraft at Salt Lake International Airport. The team at the University of Utah is responsible for covering that aircraft in the event of a flight.
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Our service area covers the entire Intermountain West and beyond if needed. Our helicopters are usually used on flights under 180 miles. On certain occasions a helicopter can be used on longer flights, but on most flights longer than 180 miles it becomes more economical and faster to take a fixed-wing aircraft. Typically our response area is within Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada, but we will respond on calls as far away as the Mississippi.
Although we originated from the University of Utah Hospital and our medical control is there, we will take patients to any appropriate facility.