Augusta Regional Airport will be the base for Augusta University Health’s air medical program, AU Health AirCare.
AU Health has partnered with Metro Aviation to provide rapid transport via its dedicated, highly skilled clinical crews, who will be available for scene response and interfacility transport to Augusta University Medical Center, home to the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. AU Health AirCare will also improve access to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia for children and infants statewide, as the home of the region’s only Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal ICU.
“We are extremely excited about this relationship for multiple reasons,” said Herbert L. Judon Jr., Augusta Regional Airport’s executive director. “This development further expands the airport’s aeronautical footprint as well as diversifies our operations. Additionally, as our local flagship medical center, the partnership between Augusta University Health and Augusta Regional Airport represents a strong marriage between two of the region’s major service delivery organizations and economic engines.”
This agreement will include the construction of an 11,000 square foot hangar, helicopter pad and rotary operations. The project will bring several jobs to the area with the potential for future expansion.
“We’re honored to partner with Augusta Regional Airport as the base for AU Health AirCare. Their support means expanded reach across the state and ensures more Georgians have access to lifesaving care,” said Katrina Keefer, AU Health CEO.