Flight For Life

About Flight For Life

Flight For Life provides helicopter transportation for patients needing critical care service within a 150-mile radius of our Palestine and Winnsboro bases. Our teams include pilots, flight nurses and  flight paramedics. Flight For Life averages 600 to 700 transports each year. When requested, Flight For Life also assists medical helicopter programs in Dallas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and other nearby areas. When needed, local law enforcement enlists the help of Flight For Life during search-and-rescue missions. Aviation services are provided and operated by Air Methods Corporation of Englewood, Colorado. FAA air carrier certificate # QMLA253U.

New Wills Point Base

On Behalf of Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Flight For Life is very happy to announce the program’s expansion of a new base in Wills Point (Van Zandt, County) Texas. Flight for Life 4 was operationally placed in service on 10/26/15. The base is located at the Van Zandt County Regional Airport, located on Hwy 64 North of Canton and South of Wills Point.  The aircraft based at this location is an AirBus H-130 T2, fully equipped at the critical care level to include all advanced diagnostic and procedural therapies that are the standard for Flight For Life to handle any critical patient emergency that we are requested to respond to. 

We are very enthusiastic about our new western base location as it will position Flight For Life to provide more timely responses to this portion of Flight For Life’s primary service area, bringing balance to our system with the other bases located approximately 55-60 miles north, south and east of Tyler, Texas. Balancing system need coupled with innovative deployment strategies have helped Trinity Mother Frances Health System and Flight For Life maintain the best economic and response framework for the myriad of communities served. It is paramount for us to position resources in a manner which favors access and appropriate utilization while also giving deference to those time-dependent patients who often benefit most from the rapid critical care services (Trauma, Heart Attack, Stroke, etc.). We are honored to play a role in enhancing the outcomes for those, time-dependent and critical care patients throughout NE Texas, Southern Oklahoma, and Eastern Louisiana.

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Available Programs

Ground Safety Courses
For agencies interested in utilizing Flight For Life services we offer a Ground Safety Course that includes our Flight Crew and aircraft coming on-site to cover the imperatives of Flight For Life procedures:

  • Activating the system  
  • Preparing the Landing Zone
  • Ground operations

Public Appearances
Our Flight For Life aircraft and staff are available for non-patient, public event appearances upon request. Please note that appearances are subject to cancellation without notice due to medical emergencies or inclement weather.

For more information on how Flight For Life can meet your needs, contact Shane Elmore, EMS Liason at (903) 570-3335.


In December of 1985, the Flight For Life air medical program was born. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances recognized a need for rapid transport, in a critical care environment, of critically ill and injured patients from isolated rural medical facilities and EMS agencies to more tertiary care centers such as Good Shepherd Medical Center and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

Today, Flight For Life transports critically ill and injured patients to Tyler’s busiest Emergency Care Center at Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, seeing over 65,000 patients per year. Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, a licensed 404-bed acute care facility that includes a Level II Trauma Center, with 50 ICU beds, and serves as the region’s referral center for Cardiac, Obstetrical, Gynecological, Pediatric and Hyperbaric Oxygen Services.