Saving Carlisle residents $35,000


Regional One visits the Town of Carlisle

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Regional One comes in for a landing in the Town of Carlisle during Community Awareness Day on Thursday, April 13. Sponsored by the town, Community Awareness Day was designed to make residents of the town more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Channon Johnson smiles as he sits at the controls of Regional One during Community Awareness Day in the Town of Carlisle. Sponsored by the town, Community Awareness Day was designed to make residents of the town more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Regional One Pilot Jim Biddle tells Carlisle residents about the medevac helicopter he pilots during Community Awareness Day in the Town of Carlisle on Thursday, April 13. The visit by Regional One and its crew was part of the town’s efforts to make residents more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The crew of Regional One — Pilot Jim Biddle, Flight Nurse Heather Auton, and Flight Paramedic Chad Kellum — and Marilyn Ingle, Membership Sales Manager for the Air Med Care Network, pose for a photo with Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn, Carlisle Fire Chief John Glenn, and Carlisle Councilwoman Maxine Spencer in front of Regional One. The helicopter was in Carlisle for Community Awareness Day on Thursday, April 13. Community Awareness Day was designed to make Carlisle residents more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care which own Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.


CARLISLE — For most residents of Union County it could cost as much as $35,000 to be airlifted to an area trauma center by the Regional One helicopter, but that’s not the case for residents of the Town of Carlisle who can now get the service for free.

On Thursday, April 13, Regional One landed on a field adjacent to the Carlisle Town Hall. It was not there to airlift someone to medical treatment, but to take part in the Town of Carlisle’s Community Membership Day. The event was an opportunity for residents of the town to learn more about Regional One and about the company that owns it, Regional Air Med Care and the services it provides. It was also an opportunity for residents to receive information on how they could upgrade the coverage they have recently received through an agreement the town entered into with the company.

“They sent their representative out to talk to us,” Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said about the origins of the agreement between Carlisle and Air Med Care. “She told us about the program and how beneficial it would be to the citizens. So after talking with council we decided that we (the town) would pay for the service.”

Ferguson-Glenn said the agreement between Carlisle and Air Med Care “covers any citizen within the town limits of Carlisle. It covers their transportation by air to the nearest trauma facility which in this area is Spartanburg Regional.”

The agreement with Air Med Care costs the town $1,400 a year, an amount that is not even one-tenth of what it can cost an individual to be transported by Regional One out of the county.

“It can normally cost $25,000 to $35,000,” Ferguson-Glenn said.

Given the potential cost of air medevac, Ferguson-Glenn said the cost of the agreement to the town is well worth it to provide such a benefit to the residents of Carlisle.

“We felt this is something we can do for the citizens,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We thought it was a reasonable cost for that service.”

This was the backdrop for Community Awareness Day which included a visit by Regional One whose crew — Pilot Jim Biddle, Flight Nurse Heather Auton, and Flight Paramedic Chad Kellum — met with residents and talked with them about the helicopter, its equipment, and what they are trained to do in transporting a patient by air. Also present was Marilyn Ingle, Membership Sales Manager for the Air Med Care Network, who was there to provide residents with more information about the service being provided them through the town’s agreement with her company and how they could upgrade it at minimal cost to themselves.

Ingle said that while the Town of Carlisle has purchased coverage for its residents for air medevac by Regional One from Union County at no cost for the residents, the upgrade offered by Air Med Care would given them access to transport by all of the company’s 262 types of aircraft in 33 states at no out of pocket cost for just $35 a year per household or family.

For more information about Air Med Care and the services it provides contact Marilyn Ingle at 864-415-1899.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Regional One comes in for a landing in the Town of Carlisle during Community Awareness Day on Thursday, April 13. Sponsored by the town, Community Awareness Day was designed to make residents of the town more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_IMG_0701.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Regional One comes in for a landing in the Town of Carlisle during Community Awareness Day on Thursday, April 13. Sponsored by the town, Community Awareness Day was designed to make residents of the town more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Channon Johnson smiles as he sits at the controls of Regional One during Community Awareness Day in the Town of Carlisle. Sponsored by the town, Community Awareness Day was designed to make residents of the town more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_IMG_0702.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Channon Johnson smiles as he sits at the controls of Regional One during Community Awareness Day in the Town of Carlisle. Sponsored by the town, Community Awareness Day was designed to make residents of the town more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Regional One Pilot Jim Biddle tells Carlisle residents about the medevac helicopter he pilots during Community Awareness Day in the Town of Carlisle on Thursday, April 13. The visit by Regional One and its crew was part of the town’s efforts to make residents more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_IMG_0704.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Regional One Pilot Jim Biddle tells Carlisle residents about the medevac helicopter he pilots during Community Awareness Day in the Town of Carlisle on Thursday, April 13. The visit by Regional One and its crew was part of the town’s efforts to make residents more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care, the company that owns Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The crew of Regional One — Pilot Jim Biddle, Flight Nurse Heather Auton, and Flight Paramedic Chad Kellum — and Marilyn Ingle, Membership Sales Manager for the Air Med Care Network, pose for a photo with Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn, Carlisle Fire Chief John Glenn, and Carlisle Councilwoman Maxine Spencer in front of Regional One. The helicopter was in Carlisle for Community Awareness Day on Thursday, April 13. Community Awareness Day was designed to make Carlisle residents more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care which own Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_IMG_0705.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The crew of Regional One — Pilot Jim Biddle, Flight Nurse Heather Auton, and Flight Paramedic Chad Kellum — and Marilyn Ingle, Membership Sales Manager for the Air Med Care Network, pose for a photo with Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn, Carlisle Fire Chief John Glenn, and Carlisle Councilwoman Maxine Spencer in front of Regional One. The helicopter was in Carlisle for Community Awareness Day on Thursday, April 13. Community Awareness Day was designed to make Carlisle residents more aware of the services provided by Air Med Care which own Regional One. The town has entered into an agreement with the company to provide Carlisle residents with airlift to area trauma center at no out of pocket cost to the residents.
Regional One visits the Town of Carlisle

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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