Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit critical care transport service, has announced plans to expand its medical helicopter service to a new base in Mansfield to better serve patients in the region, particularly on the South Coast, Cape Cod and Islands.

Boston MedFlight, with bases currently located at airports in Bedford, Lawrence and Plymouth, is scheduled to begin operations from Mansfield Municipal Airport in March 2018. The new base of operations will address the critical care transport needs of patients across southeastern Massachusetts and further improve emergency response times.

“We have seen increased demand for our services, and by opening this base we are continuing to strive to better serve the most critically ill and injured patients in the region,” said Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “The Mansfield base will facilitate faster response times, particularly in more diffuse areas such as the Cape, Islands and South Coast, which will further improve patient care.”

Boston MedFlight’s new base has received approval from the Town of Mansfield’s Airport Commission. “We are proud to announce the arrival of Boston MedFlight to Mansfield Municipal Airport in March 2018,” said Bob Welch, Mansfield Municipal Airport manager. “This arrival will provide a resource for emergency medical transportation to Mansfield as well as surrounding towns and communities. This new venture by Boston MedFlight is a positive for the community.”

Founded in 1985 by the MGH and a consortium of other leading Boston area medical centers, Boston MedFlight has become an integral part of the region’s health care delivery system, providing critical care transport with its fleet of helicopters, airplane and ground vehicles.

This article was originally published in the 02/23/18 Hotline issue.