Acadian Air Med Marks 35th Anniversary
“From the start, we have been committed to providing the best possible patient care and customer service,” said Richard Zuschlag, Acadian Founder, Chairman & CEO. “As our service area expanded into more rural areas, we recognized that our citizens would be better served by adding air medical transportation. As our company celebrates our 45th year, and Air Med celebrates their 35th year, I’m proud that Acadian enjoys a reputation as a leader in medical transportation.”
Today, Air Med can transport patients across the state in 45 minutes or less. In their fixed-wing aircraft, medical transports can be made across the country.
In addition to faster response times, Air Med allows Acadian Ambulance to quickly reach emergencies in the Gulf of Mexico. They operate the ONE GULF Emergency Call Center, coordinating emergency medical response to the offshore oil & gas industry. The call center provides self-help over the phone and works hand-in-hand with the Louisiana Emergency Response Network to organize transportation.
“Air Med was established in 1981 to fill a vital need in our communities and quickly became a key part of our life-saving mission,” said Vice President of Air Services Erroll Babineaux, who joined the company in 1974 and established air operations with a Bell 206L1 single-engine helicopter air ambulance.
Acadian Ambulance now has more than 500 ground ambulances and more than 4,200 employee-owners.
Acadian Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, offering emergency and non-emergency transportation to areas in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.