Flight For Life medical transport service expanding into Gregg County
Longview, TX — A Flight For Life medical transport helicopter will begin operating today at Gregg County’s East Texas Regional Airport, an official of Trinity Mother Frances hospitals in Tyler said Monday.
Will Knous, public information officer for the Tyler-based hospital system, said the new Gregg County base would expand Flight For Life’s coverage to about 100,000 square miles from about 65,000 square miles currently covered.
Flight For Life, a joint venture of Good Shepherd Medical Center and Trinity Mother Frances, already has bases in Palestine and Winnsboro. Its aim is to quickly transport critically ill and injured patients from isolated rural medical facilities and EMS agencies to more advanced care centers such as Good Shepherd and Trinity Mother Frances.
“Access. That is really what we are trying to up, ease of access for anyone and everyone who might need it,” Knous said. “For Flight For Life patients, those minutes and seconds can be costly.”
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