AeroCare Opens Second Air Ambulance Base in Scottsdale, Arizona

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AeroCare Medical Transport System, Inc based in Sugar Grove, Illinois (40 miles west of Chicago) announced today the opening of their second fixed-wing air ambulance base of operations at the Scottsdale Municipal Airport in Scottsdale, Arizona. AeroCare has received full licensure by the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) and will begin revenue flights in the region starting August 15, 2006.

AeroCare’s Medical Director, Dr. Wendy Marshall, has received licensure in the State of Arizona and will serve as Medical Director for both bases, Arizona and Illinois. AeroCare’s Clinical Director, Becky Pusateri RN, MSN will oversee the day to day clinical and compliance issues at both bases and has appointed seasoned Flight Nurse Mike Quilter, RN, CEN to act as Lead Flight Nurse for the Scottsdale base.

AeroCare has formed a strategic alliance with FAA Part 135 operator Great Western Air of Scottsdale Arizona. Under the terms of the agreement AeroCare will utilize Great Western’s Cessna Citation 501 jet aircraft (Tail Number N21EP). The aircraft has been outfitted with a state-of-the-art Lifeport stretcher system which will allow AeroCare to deliver the highest level of critical care aeromedicine. Great Western Air will have operational control of the aircraft under their Part 135 Air Taxi Certificate. “Great Western Air is a top notch provider and is extremely dedicated to safety,” says AeroCare CEO, Joseph D Cece. “We are extremely proud to be joining forces with a charter company with the reputation and proven track record that Great Western Air has.” Great Western Air’s President, Andy Cashetta, is a senior 757 and 767 Captain for Continental Airlines in addition to his role at Great Western Air.

In addition to the Cessna Citation 501 jet aircraft, AeroCare has deployed its Cessna 421C (tail number N421DB) to the Scottsdale base. The 421C is a pressurized twin engine aircraft which will be used for regional flights of less than 400 miles. As the 421C is piston-powered, it is extremely fuel efficient and therefore very cost-effective for shorter flights. The 421C will remain on R&M Aviation’s Part 135 Air Taxi certificate, a wholly owned subsidiary of AeroCare Medical Transport System, Inc.

AeroCare and Great Western have moved into a 3,500 square foot office together located at 14700 Airport Drive Suite 117 at the Scottsdale Airport adjacent to the Corporate Jets Hanger on the west side of the airport. The office contains a conference room, medical office, flight operations offices, and AeroCare’s national air ambulance sales office. AeroCare’s Director of National Sales, David Schult will oversee all requests for quotes on a world-wide basis. David has been with AeroCare since December of 2005 and previously worked for Air Evac as their Manager of Fixed-Wing Services for 16 years.

AeroCare has hired a team of 14 Critical Care Flight Nurses, Flight Medics, and Respiratory Therapists to staff flights out of the Scottsdale base. “We have put an incredible team of medical professionals together,” says AeroCare Clinical Director, Becky Pusateri, RN, MSN, “The entire team is extensively experienced in critical care, 911, and have previous aeromedical experience allowing them to deliver the highest level of care to patients in the State of Arizona as well as the entire Southwest region.”

Entering its 13th year of operations, AeroCare is a CAMTS (commission on accreditation of medical transport systems) accredited fixed-wing air ambulance provider with bases in suburban Chicagoland and Scottsdale Arizona. AeroCare flies patients throughout the world utilizing a fleet of aeromedically equipped aircraft including a Cessna 421C, Beechcraft King-Air 90 and 200, Cessna Citation 501 jet, and Lear 35A jet . AeroCare’s 24 hour Communication Center can be reached by calling (800) 823-1911 or if outside the US and Canada by calling (630) 466-0900. For more information visit

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