PHI Air Medical put emergency responders on notice in October it would cease its operations out of the Inverness Airport in the coming weeks, but what company officials didn’t say is when.
That day came Thursday, when PHI Air Medical shuttered its operations a little more than a year after opening in Inverness, an independent location, according to the company website.
Citrus County Fire Rescue was notified in writing Nov. 1, 2019, that PHI Air Medical "made the decision to close operations out of the Inverness, Florida, base effective immediately," according to Cortney Marsh, a spokeswoman with Citrus County Fire Rescue about the sudden closing after the notice.
“It was a little unexpected,” Marsh said about the sudden closing.
However, Marsh said, citizens can continue to expect the same high level of service from Citrus County Fire Rescue, which partners with Shands Hospital (ShandsCare), Bay Flight and AeroMed in Tampa. The two most frequently used emergency flight services the county uses is ShandsCare and Bay Flight, Marsh said.
“They work well together,” she said, noting Bay Flight can transport to any nearby trauma center necessary.
According to the company’s website, www.phiairmedical.com, PHI Air Mecial “provides industry leading, customer focused services customized for each of our traditional customers around the country.”
“We have proudly served Citrus County and its residents through our base in Inverness,” Christopher Adams, Air Base Medical Supervisor, told the Chronicle in an email. “During this time, we positively impacted the lives of hundreds of people, transporting them safely and ultimately giving them a better quality of life. However, unsustainable economic conditions in the area now require us to close operations in November.”