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SEARHC contracts with firm for medevac flights

Posted: October 1, 2013 - 2:27pm  |  Updated: October 2, 2013 - 12:02am

An Alaska-based Medevac provider has taken over providing emergency flights for the Southeast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

Michael Jenkins, spokesman for SEARHC, said that the organization decided to outsource Medevac services to Guardian Flight to save money. Jenkins said the move was a response to the fiscal impacts of federal sequestration.

“As we have gone through our various services that we provide, we look to those that we’re paying out of pocket for and aren’t sustainable,” Jenkins said. “We were paying for the lease on the plane, the pilot and the medical staff.”

Jenkins said the change would likely provide better service to SEARHC patients in rural areas who need Medevac service.

“They have a number of helicopters, whereas we only had one,” Jenkins said. “(The agreement with Guardian Flight) really does offer much better serviceability.”

Guardian Flight took over Medevac services for SEARHC Oct. 1.

 Contact reporter Jennifer Canfield at 523-2279 or at jennifer.n.canfield@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/canfieldjenn.

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