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REACH Air Medical Services Opening Air Ambulance Base in Rancho Cordova, CA
REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announces the expansion of their Northern California operations with a new base scheduled to open in Rancho Cordova, California in October. This base will provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical services to the Sacramento area. It will have a new Eurocopter EC135 aircraft dedicated to the emergency services market as well as the hospital partnerships we currently service from our existing bases in outlying areas. REACH chose this location to better serve the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in the Sacramento region.

Sean Russell, President of REACH states, "For more than 27 years, REACH has enriched regional communities by providing quality emergency patient transport services." He adds, "This aircraft was chosen to serve the area because it allows for additional staff and specialty equipment to be carried to those in need. The helicopter will support our existing airplane service in Sacramento that partners with UC Davis Medical Center."

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July 22, 2014

Child Airlifted after Vehicle Collision
A three-year old girl was struck by a vehicle while she and her mother crossed a busy street. She suffered moderate injuries and was airlifted by REACH to the hospital. She is expected to fully recover and was released home that same night.

When an accident happens, it's heartening to know our REACH crews are ready and prepared to help others. In this two-minute video created by Central Valley Report and published online June 27, 2014, you have the opportunity to see one of our REACH teams doing what they do best--taking care of patients. This shows our REACH 2 Stockton team - Lead RW Pilot Matt Higginbotham, Flight Paramedic Megan Nemier, and Flight Nurse Yuko Murakami - responding to a scene call in Modesto, CA. There are some nice shots of Matt piloting the Bell 407 into and out of the tight school playground landing zone, and Megan is shown with local EMS personnel bringing the patient to the aircraft. While we know all our crews do amazing work every day, it's nice that we get to see it. Thanks for all you do.

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Posted June 6, 2014

REACH Air Medical Services Adds State-of-the-Art Medical Helicopter to Enhance Emergency Services to Northern California Customers
REACH Air Medical Services has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC135 model helicopter. This new aircraft is based at REACH's Marysville/Yuba, CA base, known as REACH 7. The aircraft will be the seventh EC135 for REACH, bringing its fleet to a total of 21 helicopters and nine airplanes.

"We are excited to offer this new aircraft to serve our customers in Northern California. The EC135 offers enhanced technology features and capabilities, including the ability to fly greater distances, capacity to carry more weight, increased room for hospital specialty teams and specialty equipment," says Sean Russell, President of REACH Air Medical Services.

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May 6, 2014

Cal-Ore Life Flight and REACH Air Medical Services Expand Air Ambulance Service in Siskiyou County
Cal-Ore Life Flight and REACH Air Medical Services are excited to announce the expanded operation of an emergency medical aircraft in Siskiyou County. The company has taken a multi-year lease for a hangar and crew quarters at the Weed Airport. Cal-Ore will provide emergent airplane service for two to three days per week, with a REACH helicopter providing back-up service as needed. This service will benefit customers in Siskiyou County and the entire region.

Joe Gregorio, Director of Service Delivery for Cal-Ore, notes "While we have been serving the region for years, this is a great opportunity for the people of Siskiyou County to have access to increased emergency medical transport services. Weather depending, we can fly patients from the airport in Weed to hospitals throughout Northern California and beyond. And we have the back-up resource of REACH providing service as well."

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April 14, 2014

REACH Air Medical Services Adds Airplane to its Southern California Medical Transport Network
REACH Air Medical Services is pleased to announce the addition of a King Air Beechcraft 200 airplane to provide 24/7 emergency air medical services in Southern California and the surrounding states from our base in Thermal, CA.

"We are excited to be increasing our medical transort services with the addition of this airplane base of operations.," states Sean Russell, President of REACH Air Medical Services.

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January 7, 2014

New Telemedicine Program at Oakland's Children's Hospital Helps Pediatric Patients
When a child comes into the emergency room suffering from a serious medical condition, the staff at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Northern California's most active pediatric trauma center, is ready to jump into action. But in a rural hospital the family of a critical child faces a much different scenario: there are likely no pediatric specialists in the ER and they are hundreds of miles from the nearest trauma center.

"Unfortunately, many hospitals - particularly those in rural or remote areas - do not have the resources to treat critically ill and injured children," says Dr. Heidi Flori, medical director, Critical Care, and director of the Pediatric Critical Care Research Program at Children's Hospital, Oakland. "Evidence shows the best outcomes for these children are achieved when they are transferred to a pediatric specialty center such as Children's."

The busy pediatric trauma center partners with REACH Air Ambulance to transport critically ill and injured children from outlying hospitals and accident scenes. In April, Flori and her colleagues launched a pilot telemedicine project they hope will improve care and provide comfort for pediatric patients and their families. Funded by a grant from the Department of Defense, the pilot project puts mini tablet computers into the hands of REACH Air Ambulance staff, allowing them to maintain video communication with Flori and her colleagues at Children's as they respond to emergency calls. Since patient protection is paramount, the telemedicine project uses encrypted tablet applications that allow secure videoconferencing and image sharing.

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December 5, 2013

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Community Base in the City of Oceanside, CA. Medical Emergency Air Transport Began 24/7 Service October 1, 2013.
REACH Air Medical Services announces the expansion of their Southern California emergency helicopter service to include a fourth base in Oceanside, California. This aircraft will provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service in partnership with the City of Oceanside Fire Department. Initially the helicopter is responding from a base located at the Oceanside Airport. The base's final location will be at the Oceanside Fire Training Center.

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October 8, 2013

REACH Air Medical Services Adds State-of-the-Art Medical Helicopter to Enhance Emergency Service in Northern California
In an ongoing program to modernize and upgrade its fleet of emergency air medical helicopters, REACH Air Medical Services has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC135 helicopter. The aircraft will be based at REACH's Santa Rosa, CA base, known as REACH 1. The new aircraft will be the seventh EC135 for REACH, a 26-year-old emergency air medical services provider, bringing the fleet to 21 helicopters and eight fixed-wing aircraft and an additional ten ground ambulances.

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September 17, 2013

REACH Airlifts Injured Man from El Pescadero Park
A REACH 2 helicopter airlifts injured man from El Pescadero Park in Tracy, CA.

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July 23, 2013

Quick Thinking and Coordination Save Bruce Russell's Life
Bruce Russell knows he beat the odds by surviving. Unaware of the abdominal aortic aneurysm that had likely been growing in his body for years, he faced the most dire of health emergencies when his artery burst in April 2012. Quick thinking and coordination at every step by his wife Jerelyn, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, REACH Air Medical Services and Dr. Toshio Nagamoto of Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute saved Russell's life.

View the short, inspirational video.
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May, 2013