FlightCare was founded in 1987 and is a growing air medical provider located in Saginaw, MI. FlightCare safely transports critically ill and injured patients throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan, primarily in eastern northern Michigan, central Michigan and the thumb. We transport adult, pediatric and geriatric patients with exceptions of women in active labor, neonates requiring an isolette, IABP and prisoners. Each mission includes a Pilot, Flight Nurse and Flight Paramedic. Our main priority is to provide every patient the best possible care in an environment devoted to safety. Since our inception, we have flown nearly 12,000 patients and still remain a strong tenured flight crew. Currently, FlightCare is owned and operated by Med-Trans Corporation in Lewisville, TX and is a collaboration with St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw, MI.
FlightCare provides safe, rapid, high quality air transportation for critically ill and injured adult and pediatric patients within the Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan in a professional and compassionate manner.
FlightCare’s medical team members are associates of St. Mary’s of Michigan and are highly skilled and experienced healthcare professionals who are dedicated to the care of patients and their families. The elite crew members demonstrate advanced skills such as advanced airway procedures, chest decompresses and Pericardiocentesis, to name a few. We are guided by a board certified physician, Dr. Tressa Gardner, MD.
The medical staff undergoes a rigorous initial orientation and upholds stringent continuing education requirements on an annual basis. We are committed to continually developing, improving and advancing our experience and skill level as an air medical transport service. The annual training requirements for continuing education consisting of:
- Clinical time spent in Adult Critical Care
- Invasive Skill Labs
- Classroom Education
- Simulation Lab Training
- Pediatric Critical Care
- Difficult Airway Labs
The pilots here at FlightCare are employed by Med-Trans Corporation and also undergo rigorous orientation and require:
- Current FAA Commercial Rotorcraft Certification
- Current Second Class FAA Medical Certificate
- Helicopter Instrument Training
- 2000 hours total pilot time
- 1000 hours helicopter PIC
- 1000 hours turbine
- 200 hours of Night Flight
- 50 hours of actual weather or simulated weather flight hours
- No FAA Warnings or Violations