Northwest MedStar to Open Base in Brewster, Washington
New Base to Provide Critical Care Transport Services
for Okanogan, Douglas and Chelan Counties and Beyond
Spokane, Wash. - Northwest MedStar, the region’s critical care transport provider, is establishing an air medical base at Anderson Field Airport in Brewster, Washington. The full-time base will be opening in May, 2014.
“This is another opportunity for Northwest MedStar to collaborate with the local health care community throughout north central Washington,” said Eveline Bisson, program director for Northwest MedStar. “We look forward to providing more immediate critical care transport services to meet the needs of our shared patients.”
Northwest MedStar will position an EC-135 air medical helicopter and critical care flight crew at Anderson Field Airport. This will be Northwest MedStar’s sixth base.
“We’re very pleased to see Northwest MedStar come to our community,” stated Three Rivers Hospital CEO Bud Hufnagel. “This commitment will provide increased critical care access to the entire district and enhance our mutual objective of providing essential care to the communities we serve.”
Collaboration with local emergency medical agencies continues. “We have worked closely with Northwest MedStar since their inception and value our partnership in patient care,” said Cindy Button, EMT-P, director of service for Aero Methow Rescue Service. “We are honored to work with MedStar’s professional, competent and reliable staff and welcome them to our county.”
The announcement also received praise from Kevin Abel, Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO, “We look forward to the opening of Northwest MedStar’s new base in north central Washington. Our patients have often benefited from Northwest MedStar’s critical care transport team. It’s been a privilege to work with their team for the past two decades, and we welcome the opportunity to continue and expand our partnership as we care for our patients.”
Northwest MedStar is leasing land from the airport and purchasing a 3,600 sq ft hanger at the airport. Northwest MedStar will also be placing a 1,400 sq ft crew quarters near the hangar. The local base will be home to 14 flight crew members, Metro Aviation pilots and a Metro Aviation mechanic. The investment of this additional base, including construction and medical equipment (not including the aircraft), is estimated at more than $575,000. Annual crew salaries and benefits are estimated at more than $1 million.
With this announcement, Northwest MedStar operates six bases: Brewster, Spokane, Moses Lake, the TriCities and Palouse regions in Washington and a Missoula, Montana base that went operational on April 2, 2014.