CJ Systems Aviation Group Launches “MedEvac” to Serve Wausau, Wisc.

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CJ Systems Aviation Group, a leading provider of air medical services, launches its “MedEvac” medical transport service this week in Wausau, Wisc. Together with Aspirus Wausau Hospital, the MedEvac program will provide high quality medical transport services to the residents of Wausau and its neighboring communities. The service will include both air and ground capabilities via its helicopter and ground ambulance fleet.

“CJ Systems is extremely pleased to be working with Aspirus Wausau Hospital to bring this vital service to the area,” said Ed Marasco, Senior Vice President of Air Medical Services for CJ Systems. “Just like CJ Systems, Aspirus Wausau Hospital has a long and respected history for providing high-level medical care to patients.”

“Aspirus Wausau Hospital has become a true regional health care provider, which means that patients from many communities look to us for specialty care,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, PhD, President/COO of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “We are constantly seeking ways to improve access for these critical patients, and this partnership with CJ Systems will do that. It will save lives.”

MedEvac will use a Bell 206 helicopter, which will be based at the hospital. The aircraft will be staffed with highly trained, locally hired crews including a pilot, a flight nurse, and a flight paramedic.

Although the air medical transport service is new, the ground ambulance service already existed under the name Aspirus Critical Care Transport. Each ground ambulance is staffed with a paramedic, a registered nurse, and an emergency medical technician (EMT) most of who were retained in the Aspirus transaction. The ground fleet will be used to transport non-emergency patients between hospitals and medical centers throughout the Wausau area. Further strengthening its commitment to the Wausau area, Aspirus Wausau Hospital will provide the Program’s medical direction.

“The consolidation of the critical care ground operation and the air medical program will create a multi-faceted system of critical care transport for the entire central Wisconsin region,” added Marasco.

Brian Fladhammer will serve as MedEvac’s program manager. A 25-year veteran of the EMS field, Fladhammer has been a firefighter, fire company officer,flight paramedic, and program manager. He began his career as a firefighter working his way up the ranks to assistant chief of a rural California Fire Protection District and eventually became a firefighter paramedic in the San Francisco Bay Area.After work as both a ground and flight paramedic in California, Fladhammer became the manager of a three-helicopter air medical program in Southern Nevada.

Both air and ground services will be dispatched from the same location, making the process of requesting transport more efficient. To request medical transport services, call
1-800-888-8056.

About CJ Systems Aviation Group

CJ Systems Aviation Group is a leading provider of air medical services in the United States. Operating a fleet of approximately 120 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, CJ Systems manages air medical services for hospitals and communities at base site facilities nationwide. The company employs more than 800 people across the United States and is headquartered near Pittsburgh. For additional information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.cjsystemsaviation.com/.

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