CareStar Heading to Southeast Texas Ahead of Gustav

From Medical Center Hospital:

ODESSA - Medical Center Hospital will be sending one CareStar aircraft to Southeast Texas, today August 29, 2008 to assist in emergency response efforts for those who may be affected by Tropical Storm Gustav.

On Thursday, MCH sent one medical crew by commercial air to Beaumont, TX and today one additional medical crew will fly out of Midland International Airport to join them. The CareStar pilots and medical crew are expected to return on Sunday, September 5th.

With on-scene capability, the MCH CareStar Flight Service is able to provide trauma care and rapid transport for critically injured patients. Locally this service transports critically ill patients from outlying regional hospitals for advanced care and treatment.

CareStar Public Relations Liaison, Peggy Word said "Our Non- Profit Mission is to help our community, and now Texas needs that help. We are part of a statewide emergency management system and we are a resource they can call on because we are not affected by the Hurricane."

The MCH CareStar Air Medical Crew is comprised of highly skilled registered nurses and paramedics specially trained and employed by Medical Center Hospital. MCH associate company Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs in selected locations throughout the United States. The company's extensive fleet of helicopters delivers teams of highly trained medical and flight professionals to patients requiring emergency medical care and transports the patient to the appropriate medical facility.

MCH currently has two CareStar aircrafts servicing Ector County and surrounding communities.

While CareStar 2 heads to Southeast Texas, Ector County will continue to be covered by CareStar 1.