Boston MedFlight marked a milestone last week as it provided transport to its 65,000th patient since its founding in 1985. On March 28, a patient in respiratory failure requiring specialty care was transported in a ground critical care ambulance from Tufts Medical Center to the MGH by the critical care transport team.

“We are honored to have served each and every one of these patients, and to have positively impacted their lives and the lives of the countless family members and friends they represent,” says Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes, CPA, MBA. “And while we are proud of achieving this significant milestone we remain focused on delivering the highest level of medical care and most efficient transport, by air and ground, to the region’s most seriously ill and injured patients.”

Boston MedFlight was formed in 1985 as a nonprofit air transport service through a cooperative effort of the MGH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Boston MedFlight now operates from three bases – located in Bedford, Plymouth and Lawrence – with three helicopters, six ground critical care vehicles and a fixed wing airplane. Each year Boston MedFlight completes more than 4,000 patient transports – an average of 11 per day – with 1,100 of those patients coming to the MGH. 

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