MU Health Care Air Medical Service offers services to the state of Missouri through the provision of stabilization and transportation of critically injured or ill children and adults by experienced flight nurses and paramedics with advanced training and education.

Responding to both injury scene and other facilities, the helicopter service personnel deliver state-of-the-art clinical care and stabilization with rapid response to requests.

MU Health Care helicopter

MU Health Care Air Medical Service fulfills the need for advanced life support and rapid transport of the critically injured to definitive care. As part of the Emergency Medical Response System, the helicopter service works cooperatively with referring law, fire and ambulance services, as well as referring facilities. MU Health Care Air Medical Service has partnered with Med-Trans Corporation and Air Evac Lifeteam to provide air medical care from four bases in mid-Missouri: Columbia, Osage Beach, Sedalia, and Moberly. Membership is provided through the AirMedCare Network. It provides rapid response, critical care nursing, advanced invasive skills and safe transportation 24/7. Our air medical crew members meet and perform the highest obtainable standards of safety, professionalism and respect for human life.

Accreditation

MU Health Care Air Medical Services is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

Aircraft Requests

Hospitals and Emergency Medical Service providers can request a helicopter by contacting the MU Health Care Air Medical Service Communications Center at 800-325-5400.

Requests from Hospitals

Hospitals requesting inter-facility transfers do not need to be in our normal coverage zones. Our air medical transport will respond to any hospital in the state of Missouri and transfer to the receiving facility.

Information needed for patient transports:

  • Name of sending hospital
  • Name of sending physician
  • Call back number
  • Number and age of patient(s)
  • Approximate weight of patient(s)
  • Type of patient(s) (child, balloon pump, trauma, etc.)

Requests from Emergency Medical Services Providers

Information needed for patient transports:

  • Name of requesting agency
  • Call back number
  • The number and approximate age of patient(s)
  • Location of landing zone including points of reference that may be seen from the air, such as antennas, water towers, major roadways and intersections 
  • EMS may also utilize pre-designated landing zones in the area
  • Ground contact
  • Contact frequency (usually Fire Mutual Aid 154.28000)

Service Area

Our air medical transport will respond to any hospital in the state of Missouri and transfer to the receiving facility. The MU Health Care Air Medical Services feature aircraft at bases in Columbia, Osage Beach, Sedalia and Moberly.

Columbia

The MU Health Care Air Medical Service’s black-and-gold helicopter is an EC135P3+. The EC135P3+, or MU 1, is located at MU Health Care in Columbia. In addition to routine scene and inter-hospital flights, this helicopter is also used for Children’s Hospital pediatric and neonatal transports, and other specialty transports such as balloon pump patients. It features space for an additional medical team member and has the safety features of night vision, terrain avoidance and autopilot. This aircraft is also equipped to do IFR flights.

Osage Beach

The MU Health Care Air Medical Service provides medical care in a Bell 407GX single-engine aircraft, or MU 2. We have the primary mission of providing critical care air transport for the Lake of the Ozarks region. This aircraft is based at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and primarily transports patients to Columbia, Osage Beach and Springfield.