MedFlight named 2014 “Program of the Year”
Columbus, OH – MedFlight, who provides air and ground critical-care transportation across Ohio, was recently named ‘Program of the Year’ by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Nashville, TN.
The ‘Program of the Year’ award recognizes an emergency medical program that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, customer and community service, excellent safety practices, and a commitment to the improvement of the medical transport community. In addition to also winning the 2012 Vision Zero “Safety Award” for exemplary safety practices, MedFlight also offers continuing education opportunities to pre-hospital and hospital providers at no cost. MedFlight’s social media program is utilized to provide education, industry-related information, and safety training. Most recently, MedFlight started MedFlight Radio, a podcast providing relevant industry and medical topics, as well as providing medical provider continuing education credits. To date, MedFlight Radio has over 14000 downloads in 41 countries.
This award was made possible by its team members, aviation personnel from their vendor Metro Aviation, sponsoring hospitals, and other stakeholders that have worked for decades to serve & improve the lives of others. MedFlight is honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award.
MedFlight is a non-profit service, owned by both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and OhioHealth, as well as sponsored by Akron General Medical Center and Kettering Medical Center. With 9 helicopter bases and 4 Mobile ICUs positioned statewide, MedFlight provides high-quality critical-care transport options to Ohio communities and hospitals 24/7, and has so for almost 20 years. Medical crews and communication specialists begin their career at MedFlight with an average of 7-10 years of fast-paced and critical medical expertise. Pilots are mostly military-trained, with some still active in military duties.
Last year, MedFlight launched a membership program, the first of its kind in the nation, called MedFlight Advantage. This program was created to ensure that Ohio community members would not have to worry about financing medical transport if it is needed. MedFlight Advantage covers an entire household, of related or non-related residents, for $69.99 annually, and applies to MedFlight helicopter and Mobile ICU transport as well as MedCare ALS/BLS ambulance services. Following transport, insurance will be billed, and the insurance company’s payment will be considered payment-in-whole, protecting the patient or their family from being responsible for outstanding balance. Monthly payment plans are available, and Fire, EMS, and hospital personnel receive a 40% discount to thank them for their service.