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Medstar Lands in Missoula; Prepares for Life Flight Take Over

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A new air ambulance provider lands in Missoula, replacing the familiar green and white Life Flight Missoulians have come to recognize over the last several decades.

Northwest MedStar touched down Tuesday at St. Patrick's Hospital and Community Medical Center in Missoula, two of the hospitals it will deliver patients to starting Wednesday at 7 a.m.

"Hopefully the only things they will see are improvements," Eveline Bisson, Director of Northwest MedStar, said.

"They've entrusted us with the stewardship of the program and we take that very seriously."

After months of review, St. Pat's and Community decided to expand their relationship with the Spokane-based critical care transport services, which both hospitals had worked with for 10 years.

"A lot of people are not aware that we have been dispatching or providing communication services for Life Flight for over ten years, so when someone calls they get that same dispatch service they have for ten years," Missoula Base Chief Tony Raynor explained.

Almost of all of the 20 person crew of pilots, flight nurses and paramedics, now wearing MedStar uniforms, moved over from Life Flight.

"Obviously we have a new look and we have a new helicopter there, we're just going to keep on doing," said Larry Peterman, a flight nurse who moved from the Life Flight to MedStar crew.

"For a long time now, we've been taking care of some real sick and critical injured patients around Montana, but our team loves what we do and we're looking forward going forward as MedStar."

Northwest MedStar is taking over Life Flight's membership program that offsets air transport costs for individuals and families not covered by insurance.

Check out the premiums here.

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