The presence of Guardian Flight will be increasing in Arizona after the company purchased Sunrise Air Ambulance, according to a media release.
The move gives the company four additional air ambulance bases, bringing the total number of bases the company operates in northern Arizona to eight. The change also increases the company’s reach throughout the state, said spokesman Jim Gregory.
Sunrise bases will continue to operate under the supervision of the same leadership but will now operate within Guardian’s system. This means Sunrise medical teams, pilots and some management support staff are now Guardian Flight employees, Gregory said.
That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some layoffs, however, Gregory said, with 15 individuals being laid off -- all in administrative roles.
"We welcome the tremendously experienced and professionally trained Sunrise team of flight and medical providers to Guardian Flight," said Guardian Flight Senior Vice President of Operations, Randy Lyman. "Adding Sunrise's eastern Arizona bases strengthens our footprint within the state as we begin working more closely with Mount Graham Medical Center, Summit Healthcare, and White Mountain Regional Medical Center."
Guardian Flight, an arm of the Texas based company Air Medical Group Holdings, is distinct from Guardian Air which provides medical transport in northern Arizona and who's helicopters are a common sight over Flagstaff.
Updated for clarification at 10:23 a.m. on March 5.
Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.
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