The new company will be one of the three firms under REACH Medical Holdings, LLC, a holding corporation which is part of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc., one of the largest air medical firms in the United States. Cal-Ore Life Flight, which merged with REACH in 2011, also is a part of the holding company.
Both REACH and CALSTAR medical helicopters serve the Sierra Foothills, including Nevada County.
CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC will continue to operate with its own unique brand and flight nurse staffing model. REACH and CALSTAR officials foresee no base closures with the goal being to focus on integration, support and maintaining the services that have made both organizations successful. No other decisions have been made related to services.
Financial terms are not being disclosed at this time. The proceeds of this transaction will go to and fund a new not-for-profit foundation to benefit the public. The mission and activities of this new foundation are still to be determined and will be shared at a later date as they become available.
Sean Russell, REACH President, and Lynn Malmstrom, CALSTAR CEO, said the air medical operation of CALSTAR will become a limited liability company as part of the terms of the agreement, and will operate under the current CALSTAR brand as CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC. The parties intend to better serve the community through their united efforts.
“Our companies have been competitors for 30 years, built upon similar foundations of high quality services, patient care and loyalty to our communities, to our patients and to our members who rely upon us for safe, reliable air medical transport,” Russell said.
Malmstrom said a team comprised of staff from each company will be appointed to help guide the integration process.
“We want to ensure that the resources of both programs are reviewed and utilized in a manner that is reflective of the best practices from our 30-year commitments to community and patient care, to industry-leading employee training and to the safe operations of one of the most modern rotor and fixed-wing fleets in air medical care.”
CALSTAR’s current members will become members of the AirMedCare Network, extending their membership benefits with no out-of-pocket expenses related to transport across 32 states and more than 251 aircraft locations that are part of AMGH.
REACH (www.reachair.com) has been headquartered in Santa Rosa since its founding in 1987. The company, including Cal-Ore Life Flight, has more than 40 rotor and fixed-wing aircraft at more than 30 bases in California, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado and has bases affiliated with hospitals in Texas, and also assists customers in ground transport programs. Combined with Cal-Ore, the company has approximately 600 employees.
CALSTAR (www.calstar.org) was founded in 1984 with headquarters in Hayward and now is headquartered in McClellan. CALSTAR has approximately 225 employees, and 14 rotor and fixed-wing aircraft at nine bases of operation.
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