AM 1450, WBHF in Cartersville was the first to obtain the following statement from Phoenix Air about their involvement in the medical evacuation mission in Liberia.
PHOENIX AIR PRESS RELEASE
Cartersville, GA, August 1, 2014
Phoenix Air Group, Inc. can confirm that it has been assisting in the medical evacuation of two American citizens who have had an exposure event to the Ebola virus while working in Africa. This endeavor has been carefully coordinated with the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal agencies. The patients will be transported in highly specialized patient containment devices, following protocols developed and rehearsed with the CDC, to advanced medical treatment centers in the United States. Further details on individual air ambulance flights cannot be divulged under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which precludes the company from disclosing information on patients.
Phoenix Air medical professionals have worked closely with medical professionals at the CDC, U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Defense to analyze and ensure that all transports meet and exceed the highest levels of safety.
Further requests for information may be made with the Public Information Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.