CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (CALSTAR) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation founded in 1983. Since commencing flight operations in September of 1984, CALSTAR has provided emergency transportation for over 50,000 critically injured or ill patients throughout California and Northern Nevada, and has flown more than 75,000 accident-free flight hours.
Today, CALSTAR offers air medical services from Northern California to Santa Barbara and from the San Francisco Bay Area to Northern Nevada, covering vast areas of wilderness and population-dense urban communities with the same level of commitment and responsiveness. CALSTAR serves this expansive area from nine strategically located bases supported by CALSTAR’s dedicated communications/dispatch center.
The fleet includes Eurocopter EC135 and B0105 helicopters, as well as two Beechcraft King Air B200 airplanes, all of which are equipped with special medical interiors that allow CALSTAR’s registered nurses to provide a level of care comparable to a hospital emergency department or intensive care unit. Approximately 55% of flights are provided in support of regional 911 emergency services networks and 45% are interfacility transports between hospitals.
In addition to its base operations, CALSTAR recently introduced its All Access Transfer Center (AATC) in summer of 2013. The center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and specializes in all aspects of patient transport coordination, serving as the single point of contact for the efficient handling of both critical (emergent) and non-critical (non-emergent) transfer requests.
CALSTAR has been continually accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) since 2001. CALSTAR is also a Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Part 135 (Air Medical Transport) certificate holder.
“The strength of the economy, implementation of healthcare reform, and continuing legislative initiatives – all have an impact on CALSTAR and our industry. We appreciate the services AAMS provides to train future industry leaders through the MTLI program, their efforts to conduct research and provide support programs through the MedEvac Foundation, and their involvement with regulatory and legislative efforts to represent the interests of our industry,” says Lynn D. Malmstrom, CALSTAR President/CEO.
“After 30 years, our mission remains unchanged. We strive to save lives, reduce disability, and safely speed recovery for victims of trauma and illness through rapid transport, quality medical care, and education. Our team of nurses, pilots, mechanics, communications specialists and administrative personnel endeavor every day to operate with uncompromising safety, provide excellent patient care, and maintain high employee satisfaction, thereby making a difference in the lives of those we transport, and ultimately, helping CALSTAR to become the premier provider in air medical transportation.”