Intermountain Healthcare finalizes acquisition of Classic Air Medical

A 26-year-old woman was rescued after she was injured while climbing in Grand County on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo courtesy: Classic Air Medical

UTAH, July 2, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Intermountain Healthcare’s acquisition of Classic Air Medical, an air medical transport company that serves patients in eight western states, has been finalized, officials announced Friday.

Plans for the acquisition were announced last April, said a news release from Intermountain Healthcare.

Classic, which is headquartered in North Salt Lake, operates 28 aircraft; 16 rotary-wing and 12 fixed-wing units, and covers much of the same footprint as Intermountain’s telehealth service network.

“Additionally, Classic’s multi-state, community-based operation is distinct and complementary to Intermountain Life Flight’s hospital-based structure,” the news release said. “Classic completed approximately 5,000 flights in 2020. It has 22 bases primarily located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Alaska.”

“We’re excited to welcome the Classic Air Medical team to Intermountain and look forward to working together to further enhance the quality of life and access to care for residents throughout the Intermountain West,” said Marc Harrison, MD, Intermountain chief executive officer and president.

Intermountain will maintain Classic as an independent group and does not plan to consolidate it with the Intermountain Life Flight air medical program, the news release said.

Classic will continue focusing on patients and communities it serves and the requesting agencies with which it partners. Intermountain retained the Classic leadership team, as well as the approximately 400 Classic employees, most of whom are pilots, flight nurses, and paramedics.

“We’re excited to join with Intermountain to continue to serve patients and communities in our service areas, and ensure they have access to high-value, coordinated care as close to home as possible,” said Tony Henderson, chief executive officer of Classic. “This is an exciting milestone and great things are ahead as we work together to build a model health system.”


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