AMR Air Ambulance Acquires Las Vegas-Based Life Guard International – Flying ICU

AMR Air Ambulance Acquires Las Vegas-Based Life Guard International – Flying ICU

News Jul 06, 2017

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.—AMR Air Ambulance, a division of American Medical Response (AMR) and an indirect air medical carrier, announced today that it has acquired Life Guard International (Flying ICU). Flying ICU, an indirect air medical carrier, is the only fully accredited fixed-wing air ambulance service based in Las Vegas. The addition of Flying ICU strengthens AMR Air Ambulance’s commitment to arranging safe, reliable and timely medical transportation services to the western United States and beyond.

“Life Guard International has developed a strong reputation among patients, clients and industry leaders for its safe and high-quality medical transportation services,” said John Paladino, executive director of medical operations for AMR Air Ambulance. "The established air program, in partnership with AMR’s robust ground ambulance services in Las Vegas, Southern California and Arizona, enables us to provide our western clients with a true one-call solution.”

Flying ICU has been arranging for regional, national and international air medical transportation services since 2002. The company’s nearly 50 employees consist of flight nurses, flight paramedics, physicians, perfusionists and more. Flying ICU arranges for services through four contracted aircraft, including one Learjet 35A and three Beechcraft King Air turboprops—all of which are capable of transporting patients of all acuity levels, including those who are critically ill or injured.

With licenses in Nevada, Arizona and Utah, Flying ICU arranges for numerous southwestern communities to receive first response fixed-wing emergency medical services when distances are too long for a helicopter transport. The strategically located base, with contracted aircraft, allows AMR Air Ambulance to arrange for calls in the region quicker and reduces its need to pull resources from one of its other bases.

“I am excited about our future!” said Donna Miller, chief executive officer and flight nurse for Flying ICU. “Together, with the nation’s leading medical transportation provider, we will advance our commitment to arrange for safe and high-quality bedside-to-bedside medical transportation to every patient, every time.”

Following the acquisition of Flying ICU, AMR Air Ambulance now has operations in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan and Nevada.

AMR Air Ambulance and Flying ICU are indirect air medical transport carriers that arrange and provide air medical transportation for critical care, advanced life support and basic life support patients. All flights are operated on medical aircraft by direct air carriers holding certificates issued under 14 C.F.R. Part 135. AMR Air Ambulance is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems and carries insurance that exceeds industry standards. The company is based at the Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado.

About American Medical Response

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC), is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. For more information about AMR, visit and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter.


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