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Intermountain Health – St. Vincent Healthcare and Cody Regional Health Launch Air Medical Services Program

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First Flight of Wyoming, a joint-venture air medical services program between Intermountain Health – St. Vincent Healthcare and Cody Regional Health, officially launched on October 1, 2023, in northern Wyoming and is proud to be the only hospital-owned flight program in the state of Wyoming providing access to life-saving medical transport services seven days a week.  

“First Flight of Wyoming will serve the needs of the Greater Wyoming Basin Region with high-quality, cost-effective transport services,” said Keith Ungrund, president of First Flight of Wyoming. “Cody Regional Health operates the largest EMS network in Northern Wyoming, while St. Vincent Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Health, has operated HELP Flight, an air medical transport program, for over 40 years. Our commitment to providing timely, high-quality medical transport is unwavering, and we look forward to serving Northern Wyoming and Southern Montana.”  

First Flight of Wyoming provides rapid air transportation and advanced life support care to patients at the transport scene and en route to medical facilities. The team serves outlying physicians and hospitals; emergency medical and law enforcement personnel; and residents of rural communities, farms and ranches. 

“With vast distances and challenging terrain, access to timely medical care can be a matter of life and death for Wyoming residents. First Flight of Wyoming will save lives and enhance the overall quality of health care in the Big Horn Basin and across Wyoming,” said Heather Stamey, senior director of Emergency & Critical Care at St. Vincent Healthcare. “This program is a testament to Intermountain Health and Cody Regional Health’s commitment to ensuring that every Wyomingite, regardless of their location, has access to the best possible medical care when they need it the most.” 

The flight team includes:  

  • Flight Registered Nurses  
  • Flight Paramedics  
  • Flight Communications Specialists  
  • Pilots and mechanics  

The flight RNs and paramedics are specially trained and experienced in critical care and emergency pre-hospital transport, ensuring the safe transportation of adult and pediatric patients with medical illnesses or trauma-related injuries from hospitals, clinics, and accident scenes. 

First Flight of Wyoming is the only hospital-owned flight program in the state of Wyoming.