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Goodland Regional Medical Center, LifeSave Announce Care Collaborative ACO Partnership

January 28, 2020

Goodland Regional Medical Center

Goodland, KS – LifeSave Transport, a ground and critical care air transport company, is pleased to announce its Care Collaborative ACO partnership launch with member participant, Goodland Regional Medical Center. The launch took place on Tuesday, January 14th and Wednesday January 15th at the hospital where employees were introduced to a new patented software tool and visited with LifeSave team.

“This will be a huge asset in assisting us in setting up transfers for our patients, no matter what service we use. They work with all transport services and follow a strict algorithm approved by our organization on how we want our transfers handled. This algorithm looks at the severity of the patient’s condition first and how fast they need to be transported, then continues by looking at first available if mission critical, whether that be our local EMS, our local flight service provider, or a LifeSave service. Our first emphasis is on getting the best possible outcome for our patients. This also frees up our limited staff to take care of the patient while someone else makes these phone calls, truly putting all in-house resources on taking care of the patient,” commented Christy Pemberton, Risk/Quality Management at Goodland Regional Medical Center.

The Care Collaborative ACO, a project managed by The University of Kansas Health System, aims at working with rural hospitals to develop and implement programs and treatments that can lead to better patient outcomes and reduced health care costs to Kansans, including Medicare beneficiaries.

Recognizing the cost and important role that air transportation can play for rural patients requiring emergent specialty care, the Care Collaborative ACO elected to establish a comprehensive patient transport program in partnership with a medical transport organization. LifeSave is the collaborative’s preferred partner for emergency medical transportation, providing rotor wing, fixed wing, and ground transport.

As part of the Care Collaborative ACO, LifeSave will provide Goodland Regional Medical Center and other participating members with 24/7 immediate access to emergency medical transportation, along with use of LifeSave’s groundbreaking proprietary transport tool, LifeSave Mission Control™. This innovative online software developed by LifeSave allows hospitals to match the severity of a patient’s condition with the type of transport needed.

“Since inception, LifeSave was designed to serve as a healthcare provider, utilizing air and ground vehicles in its practice of transport medicine. Our patient focus is present in every aspect of safely transporting patients to specialty care and we look forward to offering our resources. The goal is achieving a system that ensures support for our partners, while providing the best care and controlling cost,” said Martin Sellberg MD, FACEP, CEO and Medical Director of LifeSave.

In addition to use of LifeSave Mission Control™ for patient transports, Goodland Regional Medical Center will also have access to special membership rates for participating member staff and Medicare beneficiaries in the community. LifeSave’s membership program offers coverage on any out-of-pocket costs associated with a LifeSave air transport exceeding insurance or medical benefits. The annual Care Collaborative ACO membership starts at $30 for a single member or $50 for a household of two or more. Interested parties may learn more about this offer by calling 1.833.867.5095 or visiting www.lifesave.com/membership.

For more information about the Care Collaborative ACO, go to www.kcic-care.com, or for more information about the services Goodland Regional Medical Center offers, visit www.goodlandregional.com. For more information about LifeSave, visit www.lifesave.com, call 1.833.867.5095, or connect on social media.

Goodland Regional Medical Center is a county owned critical access hospital. GRMC provides general medical and surgical care for inpatients, outpatients, and emergency room patients. Other services offered are swing bed, respiratory therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, sleep studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, oncology, dialysis, virtual medicine, and home health.

LifeSave is an independently held medical transport system founded by Kansas emergency medicine physicians and includes fixed wing, rotor wing, ground ambulances, state-of-the art communication center, in-house maintenance facility, education department, and patient billing division. LifeSave operates emergency transport aircraft under its own FAA part 135 certificates throughout Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and Hawaii.