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Medstar Plans to Expand Air Ambulance Crew

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Missoula's emergency air ambulance will soon switch hands from Life Flight to Northwest Medstar, but representatives from the Spokane-based non-profit say they are looking for a smooth transition in crews and services.

On April 2, Northwest Medstar will operate air ambulance service for Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center.

Life Flight's 16 employees were informed of the move Monday and will have to re-apply to their positions.

Medstar Spokeswoman Nicole Stewart says the company plans to hire any Life Flight crew members that apply.

Stewart adds they may even add a few more positions, though it's too soon to tell.

"Our goal has always been to make a smooth transition with the Life Flight staff and make it as smooth as possible for critical care services for both the patients in the community and the provider in the region," Stewart said.

Medstar has worked with Life Flight in Missoula, transporting patients in need of Level 1 trauma care to Seattle and other hospitals, for almost 20 years.

Stewart says they plan to maintain the same crew structure and three modes of emergency response-- helicopter, plane and ground ambulances.

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