University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina is celebrating 25 years of EastCare's emergency air transport service. A celebration is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
When EastCare started in 1985, it used its one helicopter to transport 54 patients in five weeks. In 2009, its fleet transported more than 10,000 patients.
EastCare has more than 100 employees on staff and contracts for ten pilots and four mechanics with Air Methods. EastCare's fleet consists of three helicopters, six mobile intensive care units, one advanced life support unit and three basic life support units.
Tuesday's event will also celebrate the upgrade of EastCare's helicopters.