(Jasper, TX) – The advantages of living in rural areas with its wide-open spaces and secluded homes can also create difficulties for first responders during a medical emergency.That is why CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial Hospital is proud to welcome Jasper Air Rescue to its hospital campus, which now offers an air base for helicopter medical service.
"When you suffer a major medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, every minute matters. It is so important to get patients to a proper medical facility as soon as possible," said Debra Harris, Trauma Services Coordinator at Jasper Memorial Hospital.
“With Air Rescue stationed at CHRISTUS Jasper Memorial Hospital, this decreases wait times for care tremendously,” Harris added. “It’s important, because in an emergent situation people’s lives and their outcomes are measured in the minutes it takes to get them to the help they need.”
Air Rescue, owned and operated by Air Evac EMS, Inc., is part of the nation’s largest helicopter air ambulance provider, according to the company’s website. Crews, consisting of a flight nurse, flight paramedic and pilot, are on duty 7 days a week. The air rescue crews may respond to the scene of a medical injury or illness, and transfer patients between area medical facilities.
Company officials said with recent Emergency Room expansions at Jasper Memorial Hospital, and the growth seen in the surrounding community, it seemed like the right time to bring the service back to Jasper.
Seth Myers, president of Air Evac Lifeteam, said he is grateful for the support of city officials, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas, and area first responders.
“We are proud to be a part of Jasper, and especially to work with area hospitals and EMS agencies,” Myers said.