Classic, headquartered in North Salt Lake, Utah, operates 28 aircraft (16 rotary-wing and 12 fixed-wing) and covers much of the same footprint as the Telehealth service network. Intermountain, supporting residents of rural communities.
In addition, Classic’s multi-state community operation is distinct and complementary to the Intermountain Life Flight hospital structure. Classic made approximately 5,000 flights in 2020. It has 22 bases primarily located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska.
The addition of Classic illustrates Intermountain’s commitment to rural health care and improves the health system’s ability to serve rural communities across Intermountain West. More specifically, the acquisition will allow Intermountain to extend support to doctors, clinics and hospitals in the region through additional coordination with telehealth and digital care.
Improve access to care for patients in rural areas
“We are delighted to welcome the Classic Air Medical team to Intermountain and look forward to working together to further improve the quality of life and access to care for residents of Intermountain West,” said Marc Harrison, MD, CEO and President of Intermountain.
Intermountain will maintain Classic as an independent group and does not plan to consolidate it with the Intermountain Life Flight aerial medical program. However, both groups will benefit from the learning, strengths and best practices shared.
Classic will continue to focus on the patients and communities it serves as well as the requesting organizations with which it partners. Intermountain retained the Classic management team, as well as the more than 400 Classic employees, most of whom are pilots, flight nurses and paramedics.
“We are delighted to join Intermountain in continuing 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, CEO of Classic. “This is an exciting milestone and great things await as we work together to build a model healthcare system. ”