Memorial Regional Health invests in CareFlight partnership |

Memorial Regional Health invests in CareFlight partnership

Craig Press Staff
Memorial Regional Health recently entered an agreement with emergency air transport outlet CareFlight.
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Memorial Regional Health announced this week in a news release that it is now part-owner in the air ambulance transport service CareFlight.

CareFlight is an air medical transport service operated by St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Last year, MRH became a care affiliate of SCL Health St. Mary’s and recently formalized its agreement with CareFlight as part of the partnership.

The agreement will place a CareFlight aircraft at the ready in Craig.

“Memorial Regional Health made this investment for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this helps ensure that patients needing a higher level of care will be transported quickly and safely in order to receive necessary specialized, and sometimes life-saving care,” said the release. “Second to the care, MRH invested in CareFlight because they do not balance bill, which is a benefit to our patients. Balance billing occurs when providers bill a patient for the difference between the amount they charge and the amount that the patient’s insurance pays. The amount that insurers pay providers is almost always less than what the provider charges. Patients will not be required to pay the difference between what the insurance paid what the provider charged. Patients will still have to pay their required deductibles and co-pays.”

Andy Daniels, CEO for Memorial Regional Health, said the new development will add to the mission of providing “exceptional care” to the community.

“MRH and St. Mary’s have worked together to care for patients for decades, and CareFlight has been transporting patients for a long time, too,” he said. “Formalizing this agreement helps ensure that we will have a critical resource that is available when it’s most needed. We appreciate the continued partnership with SCL St. Mary’s and CareFlight.”