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Published on May 01, 2013

Trinity Mother Frances - Winnsboro Opens Flight for Life Base

Part of TMF Expanding Role As Critical Care Leader

Winnsboro, TEXAS – Trinity Mother Frances has evolved from a small building that opened in 1937 to an integrated healthcare system, now in its 76th year. Part of that evolution has led health system officials to locate a Flight For Life air ambulance base at Trinity Mother Frances – Winnsboro. According to officials, the new medical helicopter base brings an extended reach to patients of Wood and surrounding counties.

“Trinity Mother Frances – Winnsboro has grown to be a regional hub for advanced care,” said Janet Coats, CEO Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro.  “The new Flight For Life Base in Winnsboro enables us to extend our reach to our patients. We elected to place it here because there is a need.”

The Winnsboro-based helicopter, EC 130, is partnered with the current TMF/ Flight For Life helicopter base in Palestine, meaning all of East Texas will now have the safety and convenience of an emergency helicopter with faster response times. The EC 130 helicopter and its flight and clinical crews will serve a 150-mile radius around Winnsboro.

“These Flight For Life helicopters are state-of-the art and operated by the most qualified crew members in our region,” said Ray Thompson, Executive Vice President/ COO Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “We are excited to expand our emergency air ambulance services to cover all of our East Texas region with the highest care.”

Trinity Mother Frances and Flight For Life are in the final stages of flight and safety training.  The start date of service is eminent.

About Flight For Life

Trinity Mother Frances was the first medical facility in East Texas to offer patients medical air transport when it launched Flight For Life in 1986. Over the last 26 years, thousands of patients have benefited from the program.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 40 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving East Texas.  For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit

About Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro

Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro offers a wide range of medical services.  The 25 – bed, full-service hospital includes a 24-hour Emergency Care Center and is conveniently located for residents of Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains and Wood counties and surrounding areas.