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The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and PHI Air Medical Announce New Medical Helicopter October 18, 2018

New Helicopter

(San Antonio, TX) – A new partnership between PHI Air Medical and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio will launch a new medical helicopter in 2019, increasing life-saving access to children in the region.

The dedicated EC 135 rotary wing aircraft will operate with flight and maintenance personnel from PHI, along with The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio providing flight nurses, paramedics or other appropriate clinical staff.

The helicopter features a range of up to 150 miles and will be equipped to transport pediatric patients, including Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) patients.

“We are honored to partner with a great organization to increase access to care for many children living in surrounding communities and rural areas,” said Rhonda Thompson, Chief Nursing Officer of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “This new helicopter will give patients and our medical team a big advantage.”

When every second counts, community physicians and parents can rely on the ALL KIDZ Team, a specialized pediatric transport team bringing children in desperate need of specialized health care quickly and safely to The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Thompson added.

As a COOP program, PHI and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio will continue providing high-quality access to lifesaving care for residents across Central Texas and surrounding areas with a combined commitment to safety and world-class service.

“At PHI Air Medical, it is our responsibility to the communities we serve to provide aviation and healthcare solutions with unprecedented reliability, safety and quality,” said Laura Price, Regional Director of PHI Air Medical. “The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio shares our dedication to safety and innovation, making them the ideal partner for us.”

This exciting new partnership will launch in January 2019, with open job positions listed right away and the hiring and training process beginning shortly thereafter.

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About The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first freestanding hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Baylor College of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the nation, is the academic partner of The Children’s Hospital with 170 pediatric subspecialists affiliated with Baylor. In addition, community physicians in private practice remain a valuable partner in the care of children in our community. We are a health care ministry that works to continually meet the needs of the community to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, following the values and mission of our sponsoring congregations; Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. For additional information on The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, visit or for more information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, visit Find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

About PHI Air Medical
PHI Air Medical is the leading air ambulance provider across the country, providing air medical services and outreach education to local communities and leading healthcare systems. We safely transport more than 30,000 patients each year, operating out of more than 70 bases across the United States. At each base, we maintain a dedicated crew of pilots, nurses and communications specialists – all exceptionally trained and ready to respond.