Health insurer Accuro has agreed to be the principal supporter of Life Flight Trust, a charitable organisation that provides air ambulance and rescue helicopter services. The move is part of the not-for-profit insurer’s commemoration of its 50th year.
Life Flight operates across New Zealand, quickly transporting patients to the care that could save their lives. Each plane is staffed by specialist doctors and nurses and carries intensive care equipment. The planes can also carry up to four of the patient’s family members.
“Our air ambulances are basically flying ICUs, transporting critically ill Kiwis 24/7 to the specialist hospital treatment they urgently need,” said Mark Johnston (pictured left), Life Flight Trust’s chief executive. “This new partnership with Accuro for the specialist teams on board our two planes is excellent news and helps encourage further vital support after a challenging year for charities.”
With an average of four emergency flights daily, Life Flight has completed over 1,000 missions in 2021.
“We share the same philosophies; we are both not-for-profits and we are both dedicated to supporting the health of Kiwis in tough times,” said Lance Walker (pictured right) CEO of Accuro Health Insurance. “We are also providing health insurance cover for their air ambulance staff, so if they do need medical care themselves, they can receive it as soon as possible and get back to their critical life-saving work.”