Non-profit Boston MedFlight marks 35 years of transporting patients

Founded in 1985 by a group of Boston hospitals, the organization cares for critically ill patients in need of advanced hospital care in Boston. The organization?s helicopters, ground ambulances and fixed-wing aircraft transport more than 4,700 patients each year. On average, that?s 12 per day.

BOSTON — Boston MedFlight, the area’s only non-profit critical care transport organization, turns 35 in 2020.

Founded in 1985 by a group of Boston hospitals, the organization cares for critically ill patients in need of advanced hospital care in Boston. The organization’s helicopters, ground ambulances and fixed-wing aircraft transport more than 4,700 patients each year. On average, that’s 12 per day.

Half of the annual transports are done by ground ambulances, but the helicopter trips gain the most notoriety.

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It was a Boston MedFlight helicopter that brought a New York man to Boston from Truro after he had been bitten by a shark.

Boston MedFlight is based in Bedford, Massachusetts, with headquarters in Lawrence, Plymouth and Mansfield.

The organization has transported more than 77,000 patients since 1985.