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Flight For Life Base Opens at PRMC

9/24/2012

Base Part of TMF’s Expanding Role As A Leader In Critical Care

PALESTINE, TEXAS – Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler has evolved from the small building that opened in 1937 to a center for specialty care, now in its 75th year. Part of that evolution led health system officials to locate a Flight For Life base at Palestine Regional Medical Center. According to officials, the new medical helicopter base brings an extended reach to patients of both hospitals.

“Nothing has changed in regard to our program, who flies our helicopter or the leadership of Flight For Life. What has changed is that Trinity Mother Frances has grown to a regional hub for advanced care,” said Mark Anderson, MD, medical director of Flight For Life and MFH-Tyler’s Emergency Care Center. “The new Flight For Life Base in Palestine enables us to extend our reach to our patients. We elected to place it there because there is a need.”

The base, located at Palestine Regional Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Campus, also serves as a station for Palestine Regional Emergency Medical Services 911 EMS Responder for Anderson County. The facility includes covered parking for the fleet of ambulances and living quarters for the responders when on duty, but not on call. The Flight For Life helicopter joined the station on September 1. The two response teams will share some common spaces, including the kitchen and training rooms and have separate resting quarters for responder staff.

“The arrangement is mutually beneficial,” said Alan George, CEO, Palestine Regional Medical Center. “The benefit to PRMC is access to readily available flight transport for patients who might require relocation. Trinity Mother Frances benefits by having a station in Anderson County and expanding its outreach service area.”

Officials with PRMC said the new addition would not affect other emergency transport services that Palestine Regional Medical Center has in place, rather it complements them. George said that Palestine Regional Medical Center continues to strive to better meet the needs of its patients and the community at large.

About Flight For Life
Trinity Mother Frances was the first medical facility in East Texas to offer patients medical air transport when it launched Flight For Life in 1986. During the last 26 years, thousands of patients have benefited from the program.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 39 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving East Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

About Palestine Regional Medical Center
Palestine Regional Medical Center serves approximately 100,000 people including Palestine and surrounding communities. The Hospital and Rehabilitation Campus provides 156 beds with highly skilled staff and excellent healthcare professionals. A full range of comprehensive care is offered including the latest in diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Healthcare services include Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Cardiac Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Services, Intensive Care, Interventional Cardiology, Obstetrics, Rehabilitation, Sleep Medicine, Surgery and Wound Care. The physician staff consists of more than 100 physicians representing more than 30 different medical specialties.  Over 500 employees and over 50 volunteers work closely with the medical staff to serve the patients of PRMC.

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