REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, provides helicopter and airplane patient transportation for critically ill or injured patients. REACH has bases in Concord, Imperial, Lakeport, Marysville, Oceanside, Redding, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Thermal, and Upland, California, as well as Corvallis, Oregon.

Methodist AirCare bases offer helicopter service from San Antonio, Pearsall and Seguin, Texas. Our Woman’s Hospital of Texas base offers service to high-risk maternal and neonatal patients using our EC135 helicopter. Our Cal-Ore bases offer fixed-wing service out of Crescent City and Eureka, California as well as Brookings, Oregon, and ground ambulance service from Gold Beach and Brookings, Oregon.

The Evolution of REACH


    • REACH expands its fleet with a second King Air B200 aircraft which will serve customers from our REACH 52 base in Southern California.

    • Cal-Ore and REACH open part-time base in Siskiyou County, California.

    • REACH adds new EC135 helicopter to serve patients from our base in Marysville/Yuba, California.

    • REACH opens new base at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin, TX known as Methodist AirCare 4. This base is an integrated partnership between Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Methodist Healthcare System, REACH, and AirEvac Lifeteam.

    • REACH expands operations in Southern California with the opening of REACH 16, our base in partnership with the City of Oceanside Fire Department.

    • REACH expands network of services with the opening of REACH 52, our second airplane base located in Thermal, CA.

    • REACH celebrates 25 years of patient care.

    • REACH purchased by Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. and joins three AMGH-owned air ambulance companies: Air Evac Lifeteam out of West Plaines, MO; Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas, TX; and Eagle Med of Wichita, KS. Combined, the company operates a fleet of more than 200 helicopters and airplanes from 180 US bases in 27 states.

    • REACH 14, known as Woman’s Air Care, established in partnership with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. This base is the only program in the nation to provide air transport exclusively for high-risk maternal and neonatal patients.

    • REACH and Methodist Healthcare expand their partnership with a second base, REACH 15, known as Methodist AirCare 2, in Pearsall, TX

    • REACH and Cal-Ore Life Flight merge to create the most comprehensive network of air and ground medical transportation in the Western United States.

    • REACH 13, our first public/private partnership is formed with Upland Fire and the City of Upland, CA.

    • REACH 11 opens in Thermal, CA to provide service to Riverside, CA area.

    • REACH 12, known as Methodist AirCare 1, opens in San Antonio, TX. This partnership with Methodist Healthcare serves residents of South Texas.

    • REACH 2 moves to new location in Stockton, CA.

    • REACH 9 opens in Imperial, CA, the first base to use the new generation helicopter, the Eurocopter EC135.

    • REACH forms an expanded Board of Directors to provide strategic direction and counsel helping to propel REACH into the future.

    • Jim Adams, former CEO, with Dan and Pat McDonald.

    • REACH updates branding with a new logo.

    • REACH completes installation of night vision goggles (NVG) throughout entire helicopter fleet.

    • REACH 8 established in Corvallis, OR.

    • REACH for Life air ambulance membership program launched.

    • REACH 7 begins service in Marysville, CA.

    • REACH constructs new facility at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, consolidating its primary maintenance facility and the REACH 1 base.

    • REACH 6 established in Lakeport, CA.

    • REACH celebrates 15 years with new logo design.

    • REACH establish clinical training institute. Today, REACH educates 1,000+ healthcare professionals each year.

    • REACH 5, a partnership with Redding Medical Center (now Shasta Regional Medical Center) starts up in Northern California.

    • REACH performs first medical helicopter transport in the world utilizing GPS (global positioning system) navigation routes under FAA approval.

    • REACH founder, Medical Director and CEO, John L. McDonald, MD, passes away.

    • Cindy Scruggs, RN, on board REACH fixed-wing aircraft with neonatal patient.

    • REACH 3 established in Concord, CA.

    • REACH receives CAMTS accreditation.

    • REACH establishes 24-hour Communications Center. Tonia Bello, dispatch supervisor, at REACH’s first location on Flightline Drive in Santa Rosa, CA.

    • Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland (now UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland) selects REACH as primary provider of air ambulance services for critically ill or injured children.

    • REACH 2 base opens in Vacaville, CA.

    • Sean Russell (now President of REACH Air Medical Services), EMT-P, RRT, on board in 1993.

    • REACH expands service to include use of fixed-wing aircraft.

    • Pilot Ken Suzuki, hire date 1988, and Dean Anderson, one of our first paramedics, with patient survivor.

    • Founded by physician Dr. John L. McDonald, Jr., Redwood Empire Air Care Helicopter (REACH) provides air ambulance services to Northern California.

    • REACH’s first service area map.