December 01, 2020
Richmond, VA. — Beginning Dec. 1, HCA Virginia Healthcare will launch a new air ambulance service to improve patient transport and to expedite lifesaving care to trauma patients in need of access to Richmond’s newest Level 1 Trauma Center at Chippenham Hospital. The Bell 407 medflight helicopter will soon be based at Chippenham Hospital and is operated in partnership with Med Trans, a national air ambulance service. Chippenham will provide five full-time nurses and five paramedics to facilitate around-the-clock emergency services.
“In tandem with our recent designation as a Level 1 Trauma Center and our commitment to providing best in class care for our community, the HCA Virginia medical helicopter service ensures patients throughout Virginia will receive the fastest, most professional, patient-focused transportation for urgent lifesaving treatment,” said Chippenham Hospital chief executive officer William Lunn, MD. “Our medically-trained HCA Virginia Air Care Eagle team can be in the air within 10 minutes of being called by local EMS providers and other hospitals. We are excited to add this additional level of care to the Commonwealth.”
The HCA Virginia Air Care Eagle will join medflight services provided by the Virginia State Police and VCU Hospitals, expediting access to south Richmond’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.
The level 1 accreditation is the highest level a hospital trauma center can receive. To receive a Level 1 designation, a hospital must first meet all requirements to accept a higher acuity of trauma patients. This achievement signifies the hospital and its trauma teams have demonstrated commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for injured patients.
HCA Virginia Health System Greater Richmond Area Hospitals
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 27 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, three urgent care centers, and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. The private, tax-paying hospital system is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $105.7 million in charity and uncompensated care, and pays $88.9 million in taxes annually. In the Greater Richmond area, HCA Virginia maintains a network of seven hospitals, four freestanding emergency centers, 2,500+ affiliated physicians, 1,672 beds, and 300+ community-based providers. HCA Virginia’s Central Virginia hospitals include Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. These award-winning hospitals provide Richmond-area residents with excellent choices for care including a Level I Trauma Center at Chippenham Hospital, certified stroke centers and chest pain centers, multiple pediatric emergency rooms, world-class surgeons, and more. Learn more here or at one of the individual hospital links above, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for each hospital.