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Summit Air Ambulance Expands to Reno; Service Starts Monday

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Summit Air Ambulance today announced that it will begin operating from its new base in Reno, Nevada, on Monday, March 4, 2013.  From Reno, Summit will serve hospitals and patients throughout western Nevada, eastern California and portions of southern Oregon.  The aircraft will be housed at the Reno Tahoe International Airport.

Hospitals and patients in Summit's new service area will have access to Summit's Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.  These modern fixed-wing airplanes can cruise at speeds approaching 300 miles per hour, are equipped with superior safety systems and will offer another means of providing emergency care and transport for patients in this region.   The PC-12's spacious interior and large cargo door facilitate patient care and patient loading/unloading.  They are configured for dual-patient transportation, thereby expediting service in multi-patient situations.

Recognized by healthcare professionals for its consistent delivery of quality, safety and customer service, Summit Air Ambulance is dedicated to providing rapid response and exceptional patient care. Summit provides specialized air medical transportation for cardiac, stroke, trauma, respiratory, general medical and other types of high-risk patients.  Each medical crew consists of an experienced flight nurse and paramedic who are provided with the most state-of-the-art equipment available.  Summit's pilots have the training, experience, and sophisticated onboard technology necessary to ensure patients are transported safely and comfortably.  The aircraft's safety equipment includes, but is not limited, to, advanced avionics, instrument flight rules (IFR) capability, infrared camera system for low visibility situations, air to ground communications, and satellite flight tracking.

Summit's new Reno location will become the company's third base of operation.  Summit also operates fixed-wing and rotor-wing air ambulance services in Elko, Nevada, and Bozeman, Montana.  Summit's corporate office, communications center and maintenance facilities are located in Caldwell, Idaho. 

"We are humbled by the warm reception we have received from area hospitals," said Monty Gallegos, Summit Air Ambulance's chief executive officer, "and we look forward to commencing service on Monday.  We believe we are bringing a higher level of service to the area by providing modern, reliable aircraft, a professional communications center, highly skilled medical professionals and pilots, and a focus on exceptional patient care and customer service."  Added Mr. Gallegos, "Our aircraft and crews are positioned for rapid response, which we expect will be of benefit to both the facilities and patients we serve."

Summit Air Ambulance offers a membership plan that is designed to minimize or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for its patients.  For more information or to request a membership application, interested persons may call (208) 453-8400.

As a safety measure while Summit's pilots and crews become acclimated to the new service area, the company will provide service from Reno 12 hours a day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, seven days a week, during the first few weeks of operation.  Service will then expand to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Summit will notify facilities when it begins 24-hour service.

To request flight service, Summit's 24-hour flight dispatch may be contacted toll free at 877-554-9111.

From Summit Air Ambulance

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