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California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) Leads the Way in Pioneering Helicopter Modification Which is Expected to Greatly Enhance Safety and Save Lives
Date:6/25/2009

Mendocino County, the George and Ruth Bradford Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Ukiah Wal-Mart Store," he said.

CALSTAR is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization that serves all of Central and Northern California as well as parts of Nevada. In September of this year it will mark its 25th anniversary. Cook noted that CALSTAR is widely recognized as being a leader in the industry. Since its inception CALSTAR has completed over 38,000 flights with an excellent safety record, with no aircraft accidents injuring either patients or crew members.
   
All flight crews are made up of a pilot and two registered nurses. "This is considered to be the gold standard for air ambulance Crews," Cook said. Pilots must have as a minimum a commercial pilot's certificate, an instrument rating and 3,000 hours as pilot in command.

CALSTAR is fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS), an internationally recognized agency that reviews, inspects and provides credentials to medical transport organizations that meet a comprehensive list of established standards.

As a non-profit organization, CALSTAR offers memberships to companies large and small as well as to individuals. For a nominal fee, individuals and their families can become CALSTAR members. If a member is flown by CALSTAR or one of its affiliates, CALSTAR will accept the patient's insurance reimbursement, if any, as payment in full.

For information on how to become a CALSTAR member call 1-888-207-LIFE (5433).

Contact:
Gene Hall (707) 365-4310

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