By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

First Air Ambulance in Gwinnett
Gwinnett County and surrounding residents to receive
round-the-clock quick access to medical care

Eastside Medical Center and Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country, celebrated the opening of their Air Ambulance program with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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The partnership between Eastside Medical Center and Air Evac Lifeteam will ensure access to Eastside Medical Center‘s higher level of specialty care for residents in outlying areas. This partnership will allow our community faster access to lifesaving services.

“All of Eastside Medical Center’s staff is very pleased to have the honor of providing this level of service to our community,” said Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical Center. “On behalf of Gwinnett County, we would like to welcome Air Evac and we look forward to providing the best possible medical care.”

The Air Evac Lifeteam is expanding their services to help Eastside Medical Center provide the best possible care to their community to increase response times for patients. “We are excited to be a part of the Snellville community, and especially to work with Eastside Medical Center and local EMS agencies,” said Seth Myers, president of Air Evac Lifeteam. The Air Evac Lifeteam crew is comprised of a registered nurse, paramedic and pilot, and will be on call at the Eastside Medical Center base 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Snellville base is one of 114 bases across 15 states in Air Evac Lifeteam’s network of air ambulance services, the ninth in Georgia and the very first air ambulance in Gwinnett County. Other bases are located in Carrollton, Cordele, Ware County, Troup County, Vidalia, Brunswick, Dublin and Statesboro.

About Air Evac Lifeteam
Air Evac Lifeteam, based in O'Fallon, Mo., operates 114 bases across 15 states, serving more than 1,700 diverse referral sources, including over 1,000 hospitals and 700 EMS agencies, with over 2,000 employees.

About Eastside Medical Center
Eastside Medical Center has been a healthcare leader for more than 30 years providing quality care to patients in Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Eastside is a 310-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including heart and vascular, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, spine and wellness center, 24-hour emergency, pediatric emergency, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, women’s services, wound clinic, and behavioral health. With our exceptional medical staff of 500 board certified physicians, 1200 employees, and 400 volunteers, we are committed to being your center of excellence. In 2013, Eastside received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation, earned The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” for quality and safety in disease-specific joint replacement care and the Blue Distinction Centers Program for pine surgery. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted, call 770-979-0200 or visit our website at http://Eastsidemedical.com. We are located at 1700 Medical Way, Snellville, Georgia.