The PennSTAR flight program provides critical
care air medical transportation within a 100-mile
radius of the University of Pennsylvania Health
System. PennSTAR provides rapid transport of
critical care patients between medical centers,
as well as “on-scene” services at
the site of accidents and trauma-related incidents.
Support for major disasters and organ transplant
teams is also provided.
PennSTAR is available 24 hours a day, every
day. With a dedicated communications center adjacent
to the rooftop helipad
at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
all transport requests and support communications
between flight teams, medical centers and emergency
crews are coordinated on site.
1988, PennSTAR has transported
over 30,000 patients in five states.
Unlike most medical flight programs, PennSTAR
is hospital based and a part of the Trauma and
Surgical Critical Care division at the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, and an integral
component of the University of Pennsylvania Trauma
System Network – which includes Reading
Hospital and Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital & Health
Network in the Lehigh Valley.
PennSTAR also participates in Penn Presbyterian
Medical Center's Penn
Heart Rescue Program™ – a
rapid referral process for cardiac emergencies.
All aviation services are provided by Air Methods
Corporation. FAA Certification Number: QMLA253U