New Hospital Medflight Option

December 01, 2020 - 9:42 am
Chippenham Hospital Launches HCA Virginia Healthcare Air Ambulance

Richmond, VA _  HCA Virginia Healthcare has launched a new air ambulance service to improve patient transport and to expedite lifesaving care to trauma patients in need of access to Richmond’s newest Level 1 Trauma Center at Chippenham Hospital. The Bell 407 medflight helicopter will be based at Chippenham Hospital and is operated in partnership with Med Trans, a national air ambulance service. Chippenham will provide five full-time nurses and five paramedics to facilitate around-the-clock emergency services.

“In tandem with our recent designation as a Level 1 Trauma Center and our commitment to providing best in class care for our community, the HCA Virginia medical helicopter service ensures patients throughout Virginia will receive the fastest, most professional, patient-focused transportation for urgent lifesaving treatment,” said Chippenham Hospital chief executive officer William Lunn, MD. “Our medically-trained HCA Virginia Air Care Eagle team can be in the air within 10 minutes of being called by local EMS providers and other hospitals. We are excited to add this additional level of care to the Commonwealth.”

The HCA Virginia Air Care Eagle will join medflight services provided by the Virginia State Police and VCU Hospitals, expediting access to south Richmond’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.

The level 1 accreditation is the highest level a hospital trauma center can receive. To receive a Level 1 designation, a hospital must first meet all requirements to accept a higher acuity of trauma patients. This achievement signifies the hospital and its trauma teams have demonstrated commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for injured patients.