MU Health Care Air Medical Service serves 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 is owned and operated by Med-Trans and participates in 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

To request a helicopter, contact 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.)
  • Consent to treat

Requests from Emergency Medical Services Providers

Information needed for patient transports:

  • Name of requesting agency
  • Call back number
  • 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 a MD-902. The MD-902, or Staff for Life One, 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 can transport patients up to 500 pounds, 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. The unique NOTAR design, or no tail rotor, enhances safety and reduces external noise levels.

Osage Beach

The MU Health Care Air Medical Service also operates two EC130 single-engine aircraft. The EC 130 has the largest interior cabin of any single engine helicopter which makes it ideal for delivering patient care. The fenestron tail makes it more environmentally friendly by decreasing the noise level to 50% of an aircraft with an exposed tail rotor system.

The MU Health Care Air Medical Service’s Staff for Life Two, has the primary mission of providing critical care air transport for the Lake of the Ozarks region. This aircraft is based at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach and primarily transports patients to Columbia, Osage Beach and Springfield.