Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is a proud member of the Northeast Montana STAT Air Ambulance Cooperative. It was formed by FMDH (Glasgow) in 2007 with the Phillips County Medical Center (Malta), Northeast Montana Health Services (Poplar and Wolf Point), Roosevelt Medical Center (Culbertson), McCone County Health Center (Circle) and Fallon Medical Center (Baker) to ensure the residents of Northeast Montana have access to Emergency Critical Care Nurses and transport teams with advanced skills and equipment in the care and risks associated with transporting critically ill or injured patients. It presently conducts approximately 680 flights per year with the majority of transports from Northeast Montana to Billings or Great Falls, but is able to transport patients to Denver, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Salt Lake City, or Seattle for specialized care.
What does the flight program do?
The flight program is responsible for the care of patients being transported by air, in an intensive care environment, from one facility to another. Our mission is to provide high quality, cost effective, medical care, with well-trained physicians, staff and pilots to make sound medical and aviation decisions. This frequently involves the primary stabilization of the patient in the referring facility, which may have limited resources and personnel. Flight crews for STAT Air are trained in all aspects and risks of transporting patients in the air environment including handling deranged persons, ditching and evacuation, radio communications, on-board oxygen systems, loading and un-loading passengers, turbulence and weather extreme precautions, and emergency use of aircraft equipment and controls.
What staff is on a flight?
Flight crew configuration consists of NE MT STAT Air Cooperative employees including the pilots, critical care RNs, mechanics, and administrative staff. Typical configuration is a pilot, and two critical care nurses. We often reserve an additional seat for a family member.
What type of aircraft is used?
Aircraft presently in use in the STAT Air flight program include three Pilatus PC12 medically configured aircraft. The crews and aircraft are designed to transport patients in excess of 500 lbs. Northeast Montana STAT Air Ambulance Cooperative is a non-profit, public charity, cooperative based at 81 Airport Road in Glasgow, Montana. STAT Air currently employees in excess of 30 full and part-time employees to fulfill its missions.