Special to The Bedford Citizen
Boston MedFlight hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today to observe the opening of its new $17 million, 54,000-square-foot center of operations and headquarters at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization, is the region’s primary provider of Critical Care Transport by air and ground, caring for more than 4,500 patients annually, including the most critically ill and injured infants, children and adults.
The event was held in the facility’s aircraft hangar and included Boston MedFlight staff as well as helicopters, airplane and ground ambulances on display and open to visitors and the press. In addition, grateful patients were in attendance acknowledging, in many cases, the life-saving care and transport that they received from the organization.
“We designed our new facility to provide for safe and efficient operations for our staff,” said Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “Our staff care for the most critically ill and injured patients in our region – this new facility will support the excellent care they provide every day. This state-of-the-art facility includes a medical simulation training lab for our medical crew, communications center where all calls for service are facilitated, and training center for our community education.”
During the organization’s 33-year history as a nonprofit organization, Boston MedFlight has become an integral part of New England’s healthcare delivery system and a community resource for training of local healthcare professionals and first responders.
Editor’s Note: State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) attended Monday’s ceremony and later wrote, “It is awesome to think about the tremendously valuable work done right in Bedford’s backyard. MedFlight is an organization that saves lives; transport medicine is crucial to any patient in urgent need of a type of care not readily available nearby. We are fortunate that, if and when we need it, their services are available to us.”
About Boston MedFlight
Boston MedFlight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1985, and partners with a consortium of leading medical centers including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Boston MedFlight provides critical care medical transport to the region’s most severely ill and injured patients with its fleet of helicopters, airplane and ground vehicles, all of which are outfitted with state of the art medical equipment and serve as mobile intensive care units. With highly trained critical care nurses and critical care paramedics, Boston MedFlight transports adult, pediatric and neonatal patients with a very diverse range of diagnoses, including medical, trauma, neurological, respiratory, cardiac, and obstetrical concerns. Each year, Boston MedFlight completes over 4,500 patient transports and provides over $4 million in free and unreimbursed care to patients in need with little or no medical insurance.
For more information, please visit www.bostonmedflight.org.