EagleMed expanding in wake of Okla. crash

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OKLAHOMA CITY- After having its accreditation put on hold earlier this year, EagleMed LLC announced that it is expanding.

The company says it will also offer services in Cody, Wyoming for West Park Hospital.

When fully staffed, the Wyoming base will have 15 EagleMed flight, medical, management and ground support personnel.

It will use a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter, which is designed for high-altitude terrain.

“As we grow, EagleMed is pleased to add another base to our service area that now includes 27 locations in nine states,” said EagleMed President Larry Bugg. “To date, Cody is the furthest west community that we serve, but we are continually looking for other communities where the citizens require life-saving critical care air medical transport services.”

The Commission of Accreditation of Air Medical Transport Services says EagleMed’s accreditation is on hold at the moment, pending an investigation into a crash in Le Flore County that occurred in June.

It was the company’s third crash in Oklahoma since 2010.

EagleMed says its pilots and staff undergo extensive aviation and rigorous safety training.