Ascent partners with The Medical City to elevate mobility for patient, personnel and medical cargo

Ascent announces the launch of its partnership with The Medical City, a leading healthcare provider in the Philippines. Patients and personnel of The Medical City are now only minutes away from its healthcare network by flying in and out of its world-class facilities directly or from dedicated Ascent hubs.

The innovative healthcare provider is among one of the most trusted organisations for local and international travelers and tourists alike in the Philippines - serving more than 50,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients a year. Through this partnership, its patients can expect a faster and more seamless healthcare journey between facilities of The Medical City free of ground transport complexities such as traffic congestion and other connectivity issues. With Ascent, passengers fly on curated aircraft from the best-in-class operators with stringent COVID-19 related safety protocols with an accompanying medical healthcare team during flights.

For patients, time-sensitive personnel such as surgeons and sensitive medical cargo such as organs or fragile medical equipment, The Medical City in Ortigas is now only 25 minutes away from its Clark branch. The service will include only planned and coordinated medical flights at launch and includes complimentary transfers on licensed medical transport vehicles to and from the airport terminals when applicable. “With this partnership, your healthcare dedicated service is now more efficient, convenient and seamless” says Dr Christopher Napoleon Delos Reyes, Senior Vice President of The Medical City.Patients can now easily access medical air mobility services through Ascent thereby avoiding wait times in traffic as they focus on their health. In addition, our personnel and sensitive cargo can now move more efficiently, improving the overall performance of our healthcare services.

Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, Founder and CEO of Ascent adds, “In line with our continued focus on democratising access to air mobility, this partnership marks another step in the progress of the future of mobility in the Philippines. We are excited to save patients of The Medical City up to 85% of their time in traffic, especially in a situation where minutes matter, and essentially forming a safe travel bubble from the main branch of The Medical City and its wider healthcare network. This will have a tremendous impact especially to less accessible areas where ground ambulances can take hours to get to.

The Medical City has been consistent with giving its patients an unparalleled healthcare experience including innovative initiatives such as the TMC Drive-thru Lab recently. Through this partnership with Ascent, The Medical City continues to elevate its healthcare ecosystem with a focus on both patient safety and experience as well as service efficiency and excellence. With Ascent, passengers and patients fly on fuel-efficient helicopters operated by curated operators such as INAEC Aviation Corporation in the Philippines. Air operator partners of Ascent have unrivaled safety track records, abide strictly to stringent international operational standards, and are audited internationally to ensure the highest levels of safety and reliability.

About Ascent

Ascent is Asia’s first technology-powered air mobility service. It is an on-demand helicopter service designed to make cities more connected by moving people safely, seamlessly and affordably by air, using turbine single and twin engine helicopters, from Airbus, Bell and Leonardo. Ascent operates between more than 15 hubs of activity including international airports, central business districts, and popular leisure destinations. Users can complement their journey by availing of value-added services including luggage transport, first and last-mile ground transport amongst other services. In addition, passengers fly on curated aircraft in accordance to COVID-19 related safety protocols such as enhanced aircraft cleaning and frequent health checks on crew.

With Ascent, passengers regain control of their time, and move in safe, crowd-free and controlled environments, with flights operated by best-in-class operators such as INAEC Aviation Corp in the Philippines, Advance Aviation and SFS Aviation in Thailand, ensuring the highest operational and safety standards. Ascent is committed to Climate Neutrality and is endorsed by the Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism in the Philippines.

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About The Medical City

The Medical City (TMC), owned and operated by Professional Services Inc. (PSI), has distilled over 50 years of experience in hospital operation and administration in the establishment of its world-class healthcare organization that serves some 50,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients a year.

TMC boasts of a distinguished medical staff of some 1,500 physicians, all of whom are experienced and recognized experts in their various fields. The Medical staff is supported by a 4,000-member organization composed of allied medical and administrative staff, many of whom have honed their expertise over years of loyal service to the institution.

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