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EagleMed’s last Okla. base changes to First Flight

A Bell 407GXP helicopter like this one will serve the Tahlequah base that is now operated as First Flight by EagleMed’s sister company, Med-Trans Corp.
A Bell 407GXP helicopter like this one will serve the Tahlequah base that is now operated as First Flight by EagleMed’s sister company, Med-Trans Corp. Courtesy photo

EagleMed’s last Oklahoma base is changing its name.

The base, in Tahlequah, will now be served by First Flight and operated by Med-Trans Corp., a Texas-based air ambulance provider.

In 2015, Wichita-based EagleMed was merged under Med-Trans by its parent company, privately held Air Medical Group Holdings.

A Med-Trans spokesman said the new name for the Tahlequah base provider is a reflection of the 2015 merger.

Med-Trans officials said the northeast Oklahoma base’s medical and flight crews were not affected by the change. Med-Trans will operate a Bell 407GXP helicopter at the Tahlequah base, which serves Northeastern Health Systems and a nearby hospital for the Cherokee Nation.

The company said the base also serves the broader region of north, mid and southeast Oklahoma as well as north and mid-south Arkansas.

In 2009, EagleMed had as many as six air medical transport bases in Oklahoma: Ardmore, Hugo, Guymon, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tahlequah. That was the same year that Jim and Iva Ballard sold EagleMed to Air Medical Group, which is owned by New York investment bank KKR.

According to its website, EagleMed continues to operate a mix of eight fixed-wing and helicopter bases in Kansas, and one base each in Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas.

Med-Trans has nearly 90 bases in 23 states using a fleet of 100 light-single and twin-engine helicopters, and twin-engine airplanes.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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