REACH Air Medical Services








The Evolution of REACH

REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, provides helicopter and airplane patient transportation for critically ill or injured patients. REACH has bases in Concord, Imperial, Lakeport, Marysville, Oceanside, Redding, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Thermal, and Upland, California, as well as Corvallis, Oregon.

Methodist AirCare bases offer helicopter service from San Antonio and Pearsall, Texas. Our Woman's Hospital of Texas base offers service to high-risk maternal and neonatal patients using our EC135 helicopter. Our Cal-Ore bases offer fixed-wing service out of Crescent City and Eureka, California as well as Brookings, Oregon, and ground ambulance service from Gold Beach and Brookings, Oregon.

REACH History
2012 marks the 25 year anniversary for REACH Air Medical Services. REACH was founded in 1987 by Dr. John McDonald who wanted to better serve his community. Since our inception, we have safely transported more than 55,000 patients. The goal Dr. McDonald set out to achieve remains our mission to this day: We will always be available and prepared to provide customer-oriented, high-quality patient care, in a safe and efficient manner. In every situation, we will do what is right for the patient.

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In April 1987, REACH 1 began providing helicopter air ambulance services to Northern California using twin-engine, instrument-flight-capable Agusta 109A aircraft. REACH Air Ambulance originated as a program of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. In October 1988, the program transitioned to a private operation, with Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as its prime sponsor.

In 1989, REACH expanded service to include the use of fixed-wing aircraft.

In 1993, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland selected REACH to be its primary provider of air ambulance services for critically ill or injured children. This facility, a pediatric trauma center, supports the highest volume pediatric intensive care unit in northern California. This relationship has catalyzed REACH's heavy emphasis on pediatric critical care education and training. REACH has transported thousands of critically ill or injured children to Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

In July 1993, REACH began service from a second base of helicopter operations (REACH 2) at the Solano County Airport in Vacaville, California. This base was relocated to Executive Airport in Sacramento in 1998.

In October 1996, REACH established a 24-hour state-of-the-science communications center.

In 1998, a third rotor-wing base (REACH 3) was established at Buchanan Field in Concord, California.

In March 1998, REACH achieved CAMTS accreditation.

In March 2000, REACH established a full-time clinical training institute.

In April 2000, REACH initiated a relationship with Redding Medical Center (now Shasta Regional Medical Center) in northern California. This base was designated REACH 5.

In October 2000, REACH founder, Medical Director and CEO, John L. McDonald, M.D. passed away. Gary McCalla, M.D. assumed the Medical Director position.

In April 2002, the first annual Dr. McDonald JUST GO! run/walk takes place, raising money for the John L. McDonald, M.D. Paramedic Education Scholarship which is administered by the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.

In early 2004, REACH 6 was established in Lakeport, California.

In February 2005, REACH constructed a new facility at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. REACH consolidated its primary maintenance facility as well as the REACH 1 operations at this location.

In 2005, REACH 2 was relocated from Sacramento to Lodi, California. REACH 7 was established in Marysville, California.

In June 2005, REACH formally established a second fixed-wing operation, REACH 55, in Santa Rosa, California.

In August 2005, the REACH for Life membership program was launched.

In May 2006, REACH 8 was established in Corvallis, Oregon.

On April 17, 2007, REACH marked twenty years of service.

On July 1, 2008, REACH 9 was established in Imperial, California to provide rotor-wing service to Southern California. This base was the first to use our new generation helicopter, the Eurocopter EC135.

2008 also saw the formation of an expanded Board of Directors to provide strategic direction and counsel to help propel REACH into the future.

On July 17, 2009, REACH 11 opened in Thermal, California at the Desert Resorts Regional Airport to provide services to communities throughout Riverside County and surrounding areas.

On October 21, 2009, REACH 12 opened in San Antonio, Texas. The operation is a partnership with Methodist Healthcare to provide service to residents located throughout Bexar county and most of South Texas.

On December 1, 2009 REACH 2 moved operations from Lodi to Stockton Airport in San Joaquin county, California.

On March 1, 2010, REACH opened a new base in Upland, California. The public/private partnership provides life-saving 24/7 emergency helicopter service to San Bernardino County and surrounding areas as part of the county's system of air ambulances.

On November 15, 2011, REACH opened a new base in Houston, Texas. The operation is a partnership with The Woman's Hospital of Texas to provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service to Houston and outlying areas. The service will provide air transport exclusively for high-risk maternal and neonatal patients to Woman's for specialized care.

On December 2, 2011, REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight announce the merger of the two privately-held companies, creating the most comprehensive network of medical air and ground transportation in the Western United States.

On December 12, 2011, REACH Air Medical Services and Methodist Healthcare announced the expansion of our partnership providing emergency helicopter service to include a second base in Pearsall, Texas, called Methodist AirCare 2.

On December 5, 2012, REACH was acquired by Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. REACH joins a family of three AMGH-owned air ambulance companies: Air Evac Lifeteam of West Plains, MO; Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas, TX and EagleMed of Wichita, KS. Combined the company operates a fleet of more than 200 helicopters and airplanes from 180 U.S. bases in 27 states.

On July 16, 2013 REACH opened a new Methodist AirCare base in Seguin, Texas. This base is an Integrated Partnership between Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Methodist Healthcare Systems, REACH and AirEvac Lifeteam. The base will be stationed at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center and serve the residents of Guadalupe, Gonzales, Dewitt, Karnes and Wilson counties.

On October 1, 2013 REACH expanded operations in Southern California with the opening of their REACH Oceanside base. This 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service is a partnership with the City of Oceanside Fire Department and will respond to calls from their base at the Oceanside airport.

On January 3, 2014, REACH opened their second fixed-wing (airplane) base of operations in Thermal, California. The aircraft offers service to patients throughout the Western United States.

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