JAMESTOWN – UPMC Chautauqua, W.C.A. Services and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department announced that the Chautauqua region’s medical helicopter service will transition from Starflight, Inc. to STAT MedEvac. The new service will be co-branded with STAT MedEvac and Starflight. The Starflight, Inc. Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to transition the service later this year.
“This is exciting news for our community and ensures the future of air ambulance service in Chautauqua County and the region,” Howard Howlett Jr., board chair and one of the founders of Starflight, said.
STAT MedEvac is a critical care transport system and is the clinical arm of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania (CEM). It has evolved to be the largest single operated and dispatched air-medical transport system in the United States. STAT MedEvac operates 17 helicopter base sites in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
“STAT MedEvac will supply the region with state-of-the-art helicopters and equipment and will continue to be based on the campus of UPMC Chautauqua providing 24/7 coverage,” Brian Durniok, UPMC Chautauqua acting president, said.
Starflight has operated in Chautauqua County for the last 33 years and flew 448 flights in 2018. The Starflight board will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.
“Providing critical emergency care and transport is a key component of our quality of life here in Chautauqua County,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “I am confident that STAT MedEvac’s advanced equipment and high-quality service will ensure that Starflight’s legacy of saving lives continues on for many years to come.”
“The Sheriff’s Office is proud to have been a founding partner of Starflight. We are thankful for the hard work of former Sheriff Bentley and Sheriff Gerace in starting and maintaining this life-saving service to our county,” Sheriff James Quattrone said. “We are grateful to our long succession of pilots and maintenance technicians for providing over three decades of service to our community and the many life-saving flights. We look forward to a continued partnership with STAT MedEvac, so we can continue providing effective service to those in our county and surrounding areas.”