Fast, reliable emergency transportation is just a call away

MedSTAR Transport takes about 10,000 patients each year to and from MedStar Health facilities in our fleet of four medevac helicopters and five ambulances. Thanks to our highly qualified air and ground transportation teams, no patient is far from advanced cardiovascular care.

Our 24/7 communication center is always prepared to facilitate moving patients from outlying facilities into the MedStar Health system. From expediting the referral and coordinating the transport to locating an admitting physician and making bed assignments, we’re ready when patients need us most.

Air transportation

Our helicopter bases are strategically located throughout the mid-Atlantic region to transport critical care cardiac patients. The standard flight crew includes a pilot, critical care nurse and critical care paramedic, all of whom are trained to handle the full spectrum of adult and pediatric cardiac emergencies.

The medical crews are required to maintain licensure in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware and to be certified in all areas of life support.

Our pilots are required to be helicopter-instrument-rated and have a Class 2 medical certificate, as well as a minimum of:

  • 2,000 total flight hours
  • 1,500 helicopter flight hours
  • 1,000 helicopter hours as pilot in command (PIC)
  • 100 hours of unaided night-flight time as PIC
  • 500 hours of turbine time

Ground transportation

MedStar Health owns five ambulances and partners with All American Ambulance, whose medical services include basic and advanced life support and specialty care transports into or out of any MedStar Health facility.

The ambulance units are fully equipped for emergency cardiac care. The units are staffed by state-certified emergency medical technicians, nationally registered or state-certified paramedics, and registered nurses. A wheelchair-van service is available for clients who require assisted transportation but not an ambulance.

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