Photograph by Philip Montgomery
SAVING MONEY—AND SAVING LIVES
Seth Bacon was at the tail end of a 20-year stint as a firefighter in Arizona—
where he’d earned the rank of battalion chief—when an event unexpectedly
served as a second-career trigger. A certified paramedic and technical rescue
technician, Bacon, at his second job, was helping with a nonemergency air-ambulance transfer of a patient with traumatic brain injury—a prohibitively
expensive, one-size-fits-all procedure typically not covered by insurance.
Certain he could o;er a more a;ordable solution using commercial flights to
transport many patients, Bacon launched Trinity Air Medical, in Tempe, in
2012. Three years later, the company won a local contract to transport organs
and hospital transplant teams (such as this one in Scottsdale), which now
accounts for more than 50 percent of its revenue. With 35 employees, Trinity
projects handling more than 2,000 requests this year. “Our niche is health care
logistics when timing is critical,” says CEO and co-owner Bacon. —C.C.
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