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​YRMC welcomes new air medical transport provider to community

AeroCare stations dedicated aircraft, crews at home base in Yuma.

A dedicated fleet of emergency transport aircraft including two helicopters can now be found stationed at Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

Three crews of highly-trained pilots, flight nurses and paramedics who serve the emergency transport fleet also now live just blocks away from YRMC. Also included in the fleet is an airplane kept not far away at Yuma International Airport as additional emergency support.

This advancement in care for patients needing air transport to Yuma’s hospital or to facilities in Phoenix comes following YRMC’s partnership with AeroCare, a veteran Arizona-based emergency air transport company that plans to move its headquarters to Yuma.

“Our community can rest assured that when our patients need emergency medical transport, YRMC and AeroCare will have the aircraft and personnel right here around the clock, ready to provide that care when it’s needed most,” said Deborah Aders, Chief Nursing Officer at YRMC.  

One or both of the AeroCare helicopters can often be seen stationed and ready for flight on the elevated helipads at YRMC.

“We are excited to bring our service to the Yuma community, which we are honored to serve alongside its community hospital,” said Matt VanGrinsven, program director, for AeroCare.

The company ordered brand-new aircraft to serve Yuma.

AeroCare has been providing quality air medical services for more than 20 years and has been devoted to providing responsive and safe fixed-wing and rotor-wing medical transports since 2003. The company serves hospitals throughout Arizona and northern New Mexico.

To residents living in the communities it serves, AeroCare offers the industry’s most comprehensive membership program. AeroCare is part of the AirMedCare Network, America’s largest air medical transport membership network, providing emergency access to the highest level of care for its more than 3 million members nationwide. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of several leading air ambulance providers across 38 states from more than 320 air base locations. For more information, visit

AeroCare is currently based in Winslow, Ariz., but leaders say they plan to relocate the operation to Yuma as soon as possible.

“We can’t wait to call Yuma home on a full-time basis for the headquarters of our entire operation,” VanGrinsven said.

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Yuma Regional Medical Center is a 406-bed, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to the residents of Yuma and the surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona. The YRMC team includes more than 2,000 employees, over 365 medical providers and hundreds of volunteers who work closely together to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment for patients and their families.

AeroCare - AeroCare has served Arizona and Northern New Mexico for many years and has recently located three aircraft and three full-time air medical crews in Yuma.  The program’s mission is to provide safe, compassionate and efficient air medical transportation to its patients and partners.
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