Airlift Northwest expands services in Yakima, Eastern Washington communities

Airlift Northwest, a Pacific Northwest air medical transport provider, has expanded its services and capabilities in Eastern Washington with the addition of a state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane and a new helicopter to its Yakima base at McAllister Field, the company said.

The plane replaces Airlift Northwest´s AeroCommander turboprop plane currently in service at Yakima. Since the Yakima base is one of Airlift Northwest´s busiest, medical providers in the Yakima area also expressed interest in the new helicopter, which is expected to be in service this May.

Airlift Northwest services are accessible around the clock from its Yakima base. It provides vital, life-saving care to both pediatric and adult patients who are often transferred to Seattle for higher levels of care for medical issues ranging from trauma to heart attack and stroke to neonatal care.

Each Airlift Northwest flight is staffed with an experienced pilot and two specially trained flight nurses, certified in cardiac life support, advanced pediatric and adult trauma life support, trauma and critical care nursing care, and neonatal resuscitation.

Airlift Northwest´s Yakima-based crew serves patients from Yakima as well as Wenatchee, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Ellensburg, Omak, Moses Lake, Tri-Cities and other Central and Eastern Washington locations. Yakima is Airlift Northwest´s second busiest base.

Airlift Northwest provides medical transport to critically ill and injured adults and children throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since 1982, it has provided care during more than 91,000 flights.

Airlift Northwest operates six bases in Washington and Alaska. Its fleet is stationed strategically in Arlington, Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle and Yakima, Wash., and Juneau, Alaska. This affords access to any airport in the continental United States and Canada.

Airlift Northwest is an entity of UW Medicine, which also includes Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians and UW School of Medicine.