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Englewood, CO (February 29, 2016) – National air medical transport leader Air Methods has selected ECI Healthcare Partners eHealth to provide physician and clinical management and oversight for its subsidiary Direct Patient Logistics (DPL), which provides patient transfer services to hospitals and healthcare systems around the nation.

M. Scott Pirkle, MD, FACEP, a national medical director of ECI Healthcare Partners eHealth, will lead the team of board-certified physicians managing clinical services for DPL. Board certified in emergency medicine with significant experience in internal medicine, Dr. Pirkle directs the management of ECI Healthcare Partners’ Midwest hospital operations in emergency and hospitalist care, as well as its national virtual care services.

“We view ECI Healthcare Partners as an innovative partner who shares our overall vision and values,” says Kerin M. Zuger, vice president of Direct Patient Logistics. “Strategically, we are interested in integrating the right clinical partners to enhance our ability to quickly respond to the dynamic needs of the healthcare industry, all while taking our service model to the next level. We believe ECI Healthcare Partners to be this partner and look forward to the future.”

Founded in 1980, Colorado-based Air Methods is the most experienced air medical transport company in the nation. Its fleet of 300+ helicopters and airplanes spans more than 300 bases of operations, extending the reach of critical care for patients in 48 states. It is the parent company to Direct Patient Logistics, which facilitates more than 300,000 inter-facility patient transfers for 250+ hospitals around the country. The company also provides occupational health hotlines and scheduling and population health management services. Learn more at: AirMethods.com and DirectPatientLogistics.com.

ECI Healthcare Partners is the fourth largest provider of physician staffing and management services to healthcare entities in the United States. Physician-owned and managed, ECI Healthcare Partners offers integrated services to support emergency, urgent care, and hospitalist medicine, as well as virtual health applications. It is the parent company to staffing and management companies Emergency Consultants, Hospitalist Consultants, and ECI Healthcare Partners eHealth; coding and billing company SymMetric Revenue Solutions; and practice management software company Clinix. Since its founding in 1972, ECI Healthcare Partners has efficiently managed the care of more than 30 million patients on the basis of a single, cherished, principle: Quality healthcare is achieved by valuing people.
Learn more at ECIHealthcarePartners.com.