Big Bend Hospital Chooses New Ambulance Services

ALPINE, TX (Ben Caxton) — Big Bend Regional Medical Center is getting a new ambulance service. First Flight of McKinney, Texas has been chosen by the hospital to provide both air ambulance and out-of-county ground transfer services. Big Bend Regional Hospital District board members were informed of the decision at last week’s meeting by Big Bend Regional Medical Center CEO/CFO Diane Moore. The move was made necessary because one of the hospitals previous providers, Air Methods, which handled the air ambulance services, discontinued operations earlier this year. Two options for new service were available, First Flight, and Elite Medical Transport of El Paso. The hospital ultimately chose First Flight because they promised to station an aircraft at Alpine Casparis Municipal Airport full time beginning later this month. The Big Bend Sentinel reported that the hospital had received complaints in recent years from people being charged as much as $40,000 for air ambulance transfers, even for non-life-threatening conditions, simply because West Texas Ambulance, the city/county ambulance service, was not contracted to provide out-of-county ambulance service.

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