New CHRISTUS partnership strengthens Flight for Life service across East Texas

New CHRISTUS partnership strengthens Flight for Life service across East Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Christus Trinity Mother Frances is strengthening its Flight for Life program by announcing a new partnership with PHI Air Medical.

When it comes to a medical emergency, seconds matter: that's what CHRISTUS TMF have been saying for years. A new partnership with PHI is proving they're committed to making the most of that time.

"We bring our medical expertise, and the history of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, and our clinical division, to the table," said Scott Kunkel, chief administrative officer for Flight for Life. "P-H-I brings their aviation experience to the table, which has existed since 19-49."

The partnership officially got underway in July. Kunkel said it opens emergency care up to a large area of East Texas by establishing five bases in Wills Point, Longview, Mount Pleasant, Palestine, and Tyler.

"Our primary service area is about 100 miles from each base, in a circle, so when you look at that total area, our service area is over 100,000 sq. miles," Kunkel said.

As for how it works, PHI is providing some of the most technologically-advanced aircraft, along with CTMF's existing line, and decades of mechanical know-how. Add to that one of East Texas' largest health systems, "we bring together two levels of expertise to better serve the community," Kunkel added.

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