REACH Air Medical Services Opens New Air Ambulance Base in Colorado


La Junta, CO – August 6, 2015 – REACH Air Medical Services announces the opening of its new air ambulance base in La Junta, Colorado, which will operate under the name Southern Colorado CareConnect. This much needed and anticipated emergency medical helicopter service will provide Pueblo County and an expansive surrounding region with 24/7/365 emergency medical transport.

CareConnect is the result of several years of collaborative negotiation on the parts of REACH, headquartered in Northern California and Parkview Medical Center, located in Pueblo, Colorado. The culmination of their efforts means that the many thousands of residents in this area, as well as visitors to the region, will have tremendously improved access to critical care air transport services, which is especially crucial in rural and rugged areas. The La Junta location was chosen because it is centrally located among the many rural hospitals that designate Parkview Medical Center as their preferred tertiary care destination for critically ill and injured patients. These facilities, which include hospitals in Lamar, Eads, Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton, New Mexico, have been enthusiastic advocates for CareConnect’s life-saving services. CareConnect is proud to have partnered with Prowers Medical Center.

“Being able to serve this community is a privilege—and we look forward to doing so from our new location in La Junta,” states Sean Russell, President of REACH Air Medical Services. “Entering the market with the support of a number of facilities including Parkview Medical Center as our primary destination hospital shows the partnership we strive for in all our practices.”

Leslie Day-Jensen, RN and Emergency Services Manager at Prowers Medical Center, comments, “Having this new service housed in La Junta will provide us with quicker response time which allows our Team to expedite patient transfers to a higher level of care when necessary.” “Providing this new air ambulance service is just another step in our efforts to build a Southern Colorado Network and allows us to take better care of our patients in our respective communities,” states Craig R. Loveless, CEO at Prowers Medical Center. “This new service demonstrates the visible beginning of a new milestone for Prowers Medical Center in our journey of providing excellent patient care to Southeast Colorado residents.”


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