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Emergency Services

PennSTAR Flight Program

The PennSTAR Flight Program provides critical care air medical transportation within a 100-mile radius of Penn Medicine's three hospitals. 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.

Unlike most medical flight programs, PennSTAR is hospital-based, a part of Penn Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery, 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.