Following an extensive nationwide search, the Boston MedFlight Board of Trustees announced it has selected an internal candidate as the new CEO to lead the organization, which provides critical care medical transport by air and ground. Maura Hughes, CPA, MBA, joined the nonprofit organization in 1998, served as chief financial officer since 2002 and as interim CEO since 2016. 

“I am honored to be selected as Boston MedFlight’s CEO,” Hughes said. “As a nonprofit, our mission is to care for the region’s most critically ill and injured patients where and when they need us. I look forward to continuing this important mission with our health care partners, including Massachusetts General Hospital.” 

Hughes is an executive with more than 25 years experience in nonprofit and health care industries. She is a graduate of Merrimack College with a degree in accounting and also has a master’s degree in finance from Bentley University. Hughes is a nationally recognized expert on critical care transport consortium models and critical care transport billing, and is sought after by other air medical services considering creation of transport consortiums and advice on transport billing and operations.

“Maura is uniquely qualified to lead the organization, given her depth of experience, expertise, long tenure and distinguished leadership at Boston MedFlight,” says Ann Prestipino, senior vice president, Surgery, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Clinical Business Development at the MGH, and chair of the Boston Medflight Board of Trustees. “As a nonprofit organization, founded by and partnering with a consortium of Boston’s leading academic medical centers, Boston MedFlight’s model is distinct as well as complex. Boston MedFlight serves an essential role in the health care continuum, caring for the region’s sickest patients who require expert and efficient medical transport, and we are fortunate to have a leader as capable as Maura Hughes.” 

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