We recently welcomed CalStar/AirMedCare Network celebrate their merger with Reach with a ribbon cutting! The merger makes CalStar/AirMedCare Network part of the largest helicopter EMS Program in the country.
CalStar has a helicopter abulance at the Santa Maria Airport that provides emergency care services to people up and down the central coast. They have been in Santa Maria for fourteen years. The service does a lot of transports locally – roughly one to two per day.
“When a 911 emergency is called out, we are then transported to that location to pick up a patient, take them to a hospital to deal with that trauma,” explained Tracy Shearer, Membership Sales Manager for CalStar/AirMedCare Network.
Shearer says CalStar/AirMedCare Network transports to a number of different hospitals on the central coast, including Marian Regional Medical Center here in Santa Maria. “The hospital we transport to really depends on the level of trauma and the doctors available at the time of the incident,” she said.
CalStar/AirMedCare Network offers a membership program for those interested in making the investment in case an emergency were to occur.
“It’s a fantastic deal. It’s $65 per year and included everyone in the household.” Shearer explained. “When you become a member with us, your flight is free. There’s no out of pocket cost.”
Shearer explained that typically, insurance only covers a small portion of the air transport expenses. The only two insurances that will cover the full cost are Medicaid and Military.
Additionally, CalStar/AirMedCare Network is working with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce to provide members a membership discount. More details about this program will be made available soon!
Shearer says her favorite part of her job is being able to work with such outstanding and dedicated people.
“These people – they save lives. They disrupt their lives to serve the community. They live at the base,” she explained. “To me, these people are heroes and it’s an honor to work for them. People who save lives like that – it’s just pretty amazing.”
We are thrilled to have CalStar/AirMedCare Network as valued Chamber members, and so thankful for the service they provide our community. Learn more HERE, or by watching the video below.