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Careflight Emergency Air Transport

When life-threatening illness or injury strikes, every second until treatment counts. Emergency transport may be critical to survival and recovery.

In a region with a large, widely-scattered rural population, rapid emergency air transport is essential. Careflight brings state-of-the-art technology to the people throughout the region, with a helicopter and airplane stationed in Sioux Falls. Careflight is ready to respond.

Aviation services provided by Avera McKennan Careflight and MRIS, LLC.

More About Careflight

Fast Facts

  • Over 2.3 million miles traveled
  • Completed our 10,000th flight in the rotor wing helicopter as of October 12, 2009
  • Over 5400 fixed wing transports
  • Over 900 ground transports
  • over 15,000 patients transported
  • CAMTS Certified (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services)

Careflight Team Expertise

With Careflight, you receive the best possible care throughout the flight. Flight teams maintain expertise in the following areas:

  • Trauma
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical/surgery
  • Cardiology (cardiac balloon pump)
  • Burns
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology

Public Notice on CAMTS Reaccreditation

Public Notice on Upcoming CAMTS Accreditation Site Visit for Avera McKennan Careflight

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of Avera McKennan Careflight on June 17-18, 2015.

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the programs compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be award to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit.

Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than five (5) business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such requests should be addressed to:

Office of the Executive Director
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
PO Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall remain until the site visit is completed.

This was posted on April 23, 2015.

Purchase Careflight Membership

The cost of emergency air transport often exceeds $10,000. To ensure full coverage, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center offers the Careflight Member Program for a low annual fee of $49.

For more information, download the Careflight brochure or to become a member, print out the Careflight Member Application and send back to the Avera McKennan Foundation.