As a practicing Orthopedic surgeon at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Dr. Blake Stamper realized invaluable seconds were being lost waiting for emergency patient medical transport. As a pilot himself, the remedy for expediting critical care transport came easy to him. Evolving from his love for helping people and his passion for flying, Dr. Stamper began TriState CareFlight in December 2002 with one helicopter equipped for medical transport and 12 employees. At the time, hospital staff – and patients – had to spend dire minutes waiting for air transport to arrive at hospitals. The creation of TriState CareFlight instead captured those minutes. Dr. Stamper’s vision instigated a movement in medical communities throughout the Southwest to station emergency medical air transportation at not only hospitals, but also strategically placed bases for fast and efficient response times to emergency situations. The demand for TriState CareFlight’s services quickly grew along Western Arizona and soon stretched throughout the state and before long the company found itself providing critical air transport services in four Southern U.S. states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.