ADA, Okla. - A Pauls Valley-based air ambulance service is moving to Ada later this year.
Air Evac Lifeteam has been stationed at Pauls Valley Municipal Airport for the past 13 years, but it will be moving to Ada Municipal Airport within the next 90 days, said Steven Bates, senior program manager for Region 4. He said officials with Mercy Hospital Ada had approached the company about relocating its base to Ada, which accounts for about 70 percent of the company’s flight volume.
“Pauls Valley’s been good to us,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “The company just decided it would be better for us to be located geographically where the majority of our calls came from.”
Bates said the move will reduce Air Evac’s response time, which is critical for patients who have suffered a heart attack or other medical emergency. He added that the air ambulance service will complement the county’s other resources.
“Pontotoc County has one of the best EMS, police and fire departments in the state,” he said. “The only thing Ada hasn’t had is an air service, and by moving air service to Ada, the citizens will have everything they need.”
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.