Med-Trans Partners with Colorado Program Continuing a 25 Year Legacy

Dallas, TX (December 21st, 2007) Med-Trans Corp. and North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC), a Banner Health facility, announced their partnership today and that they will add a second helicopter to their medical air transport service and change the program name to North Colorado Med Evac (currently AirLife of Greeley) effective February 1, 2008. The service will be operated in a partnership with Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of air ambulance programs, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The location for the second helicopter will be announced in the near future.

"We have been reviewing the regional population growth and air transport needs of the region for some time," said Gene O'Hara, NCMC Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased that this partnership will enable us to meet the growing regional transport needs with the same service, clinical quality and medical professionals that our community partners and residents have received for the past twenty-five years." The partnership with Med-Trans Corporation will provide two new Bell 407 aircraft. The familiar red, white and blue color scheme will be continued on the new aircraft.

The current NCMC air transport service, AirLife of Greeley, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. During those twenty-five years, over 15,000 incident-free flights have been flown. Approximately twenty medical professionals are employed as flight nurses, paramedics and communication specialists in the program. "The same talented staff that has provided excellent air medical transport patient care will continue do so with an expanded service area," said O'Hara.

The new name, North Colorado Med Evac, appropriately reflects the areas served including Weld and Larimer Counties, northeastern Colorado, western Nebraska, southeastern Wyoming and the northern Rocky Mountain region.

"In addition to providing exceptional patient care throughout the history of our service, the medical staff of our program has provided continuing education for EMS providers in our service area, exceptional emergency and critical patient care and community outreach programs," said Dr. Tim Hutchison, Medical Director of the NCMC air transport service. "We feel very fortunate to work with dedicated and exceptional EMS agencies, dispatch personnel and hospital staff and look forward to continuing our relationships in serving them on an expanded basis."

Fred Buttrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med-Trans Corporation, said, "North Colorado Medical Center has done an extraordinary job of building hospital relationships and servicing EMS systems and communities in the region. The NCMC air medical transport service has a 25-year legacy and is known as one of the premier flight programs in the air medical industry. It is an honor working with such a professional organization and we are very excited about the future of the North Colorado Med Evac program."

North Colorado Medical Center is the only Level II Trauma Center in northern Colorado with an on-site flight program.

Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs in selected locations throughout the United States focused on establishing partnerships with leading hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies. The corporation currently operates in nine states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information about Med-Trans Corporation, visit online at

North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 398 beds. It serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. A family-centered obstetrics unit, cardiovascular, oncology, ortho/neuro, Level II trauma, Western States Burn Center and acute inpatient rehabilitation are among the many services offered through the medical center. Nearly 400,000 square feet of new patient care space was added to the northern Colorado region when the NCMC opened an expanded facility in December 2005. Included is the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado featuring state-of-the-art heart services; expanded birthing center and neonatal care unit, new intensive care units and new surgical suites.

Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, not-for-profit health care systems in the country. Banner has 20 facilities that offer an array of services including hospital care, home care, hospice care, nursing registries, surgery centers, laboratories, rehabilitation services. These facilities are located in seven states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming. In addition to emergency and medical services, Banner Health medical centers house a variety of specialized services, including heart care, cancer treatment, delivery of high-order multiple births, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, rehabilitation services, and behavioral health services.

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Gene Haffner, Director, Public Relations
North Colorado Medical Center, 970-350-6133

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Med-Trans Corporation, 701-202-7648

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