Guardian Flight appoints industry veteran Randy Lyman as VP of Base Operations


Randy Lyman

Guardian Flight has named Randy Lyman Vice President of Base Operations for the leading air medical transport company. As a member of the Executive Management Team, he reports to Fred Buttrell, Guardian Flight President and President and CEO of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which is Guardian’s parent company.

Lyman is responsible for all of Guardian Flight’s more than 50 bases that serve 15 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Previously he served REACH Air Medical Services as Director of Service Delivery and VP of CALSTAR Air Medical Services, following its acquisition by REACH. REACH and Guardian Flight are both AMGH companies.

“Randy Lyman is a true servant leader,” said Guardian Flight President Fred Buttrell. “He has built many successful teams on the belief that the most important aspects of the job are to serve our patients and the people on our team. His passion will spur Guardian Flight to a higher level of professionalism and patient care.”

As VP of Base Operations, Lyman provides leadership, management and vision to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Lyman joined REACH in 1987 as one of the company’s original paramedics. He has served as a medical crew supervisor, base manager, general manager, and director of service delivery.

He began his medical transport career nearly 40 years ago working in the ground ambulance industry. His positions have included working as an emergency medical technician, paramedic, FTO, field supervisor and as an operations manager. He has 20 years of experience as a flight paramedic and began his management/leadership career nearly 15 years ago. He maintains his California Paramedic License.

Guardian Flight, an Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) company, operates a fleet of approximately 85 fixed and rotor wing aircraft dedicated to air medical flights in the Upper Midwest, Mountain West, Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. Guardian Flight has more than 800 professional staff, including clinical providers, pilots, mechanics, trained communicators, and support staff.

Guardian Flight companies include Eagle Air Med, serving parts of Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado, and Utah; Hawaii Life Flight in Hawaii; and Guardian Flight in Alaska and Wyoming. Companies also include Gallup Med Flight and MedStar in New Mexico; Valley Med Flight in North Dakota, Michigan, Montana, and Minnesota; Alaska Regional LifeFlight in Alaska; MountainStar AirCare operating in Utah; North Central AirCare in northern Ohio and AeroCare Medical Transport serving in Arizona and New Mexico.

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