Houston hospital system launches air ambulance service

By: Todd Ackerman / EMS1

HCA Houston Healthcare unveiled its first medical helicopter on Friday and plans to add a second helicopter later this year.

HOUSTON — HCA Houston Healthcare has launched a medical emergency helicopter service, the area’s first new hospital-based air ambulance program since Memorial Hermann Healthcare founded Life Flight nearly 44 years ago.

The HCA system unveiled the service Friday at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, where the first helicopter, already in use, is based. A second helicopter, to be based at the system’s Conroe hospital, will join the program in late winter or early spring, HCA officials said.

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