Leaves Yuma With One Provider
There's still more fallout from the
abrupt closing of Silver State Helicopters. In Arizona, Silver
State Air Rescue, in which Silver State Helicopters was a partner,
ended service to Yuma Regional Medical Center on Wednesday.
Fortunately for the center, Silver State was not the only
provider. Officials there tell the Yuma Sun the remaining provider
will be able to handle Yuma's emergency transport needs, even in a
Silver State Air Rescue was reportedly a partnership between Sun
Care, a local company owned by Gary Ewing, and Silver State
Helicopters of Nevada. As ANN reported, SSH abruptly
sent employees home and terminated operations Sunday, February 3,
and officially filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday last week.
Silver State Air Rescue folded the same day, and the Sun
reported its calls to Ewing's home and office went unanswered.
Yuma Regional Medical Center's other provider is Tri-State
CareFlight, headquartered in Bullhead City. The company recently
purchased the Diamond Air Jet Center at Yuma International Airport,
which it plans to use as a base of operations for the area.
Corrin Koehler, chief executive officer for Tri-State, told the
Sun the company has a helicopter and fixed-wing airplane in Yuma,
will add a second helicopter within a couple of weeks, and can
direct in aircraft and personnel from other areas if needed.
"We have a small army on the river," she said. "If we have mass
casualties, we can dispatch."