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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.

Since 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


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