LIFE STAR Adds Service in Massachusetts
Fleet’s Third Helicopter Now In Flight
A new LIFE STAR helicopter based at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport began flying as the only air ambulance service in western Massachusetts. This expansion of services is a result of a partnership between Hartford HealthCare, Baystate Health and Air Methods, a medical transport company.
Patients suffering from medical emergencies and traumas that require timely transport to tertiary care centers are those that benefit from air ambulance services. In situations like a stroke or major blood loss, every minute matters — and rapid air transportation can make all the difference in survival and recovery.
Other LIFE STAR helicopters are based at MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Backus Hospital in Norwich, with a combined 32,000 flights and more than 20,000 patients in 30-plus years.