By Wayne Allen
MedFlight and HealthNet Aeromedical Services announced Friday that ground has been broken to begin construction on the new home of the HealthNet4/MedFlight 7 base at Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport in Minford.
HealthNet4/MedFlight 7 base is currently located at 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville.
According to the company, “MedFlight and HealthNet Aeromedical Services has secured another three year Preferred Provider Agreement with Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) in Scioto County (Portsmouth, Ohio). SOMC is a regional medical center of excellence that continues to do what is best for patients and their caregivers.
Dating back to 2006 the HealthNet/MedFlight partnership medical helicopter has served the Portsmouth region and SOMC safely and competently. As we develop and adjust business plans to better serve our pre-hospital and hospital caregivers and patients, we are required to evaluate our base locations to make sure they are in the best location.”
Mullins Construction, of Wheelersburg, and Southern Ohio Construction, of Waverly, will be handling the construction of the base. The anticipated completion date is Sept. 26, 2014. According to officials with the base, it’s believed the relocation will benefit the area and will better position them to respond to the needs of the area.
“We have anticipated and discussed the possibility of relocating and the flight team is eager for the move and the opportunities the new location will enable us to further serve our patients,” said Veronica Neale, HealthNet Aeromedical Services Base4/MedFlight 7 Base leader in a released statement.
Rod Crane, president and CEO of MedFlight, said the goal of the relocation is to ensure the base is located in the best place to serve the needs of the area.
A formal base dedication is scheduled for October.
HealthNet Aeromedical Services and MedFlight have partnered in Scioto County since 2006 with the nation’s only jointly sponsored air medical helicopter base. HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit critical care transport system operated cooperatively by Charleston Area Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, and WVU Healthcare. Formed in 1986, HealthNet has transported over 70,000 patients with a perfect safety record.
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