MedFlight 6 Precautionary Landing

 5/1/19, 1100am.  Columbus, OH.  This morning, MedFlight was requested by local public service agencies to respond to a multi-victim vehicle incident on Maysville Pike in Muskingum County.  Both MedFlight 4 and MedFlight 6 (based in Coshocton and McConnelsville, respectively) responded promptly and landed safely.
Upon departure from the scene to begin patient transport, MedFlight 6 experienced a reported blade strike with tree limbs.  The team immediately re-landed safely on-scene and our communications center activated MedFlight’s precautionary landing response plan.
An aviation mechanic is enroute to inspect the aircraft before determining next steps.  Residents in the area may experience traffic delays on this road while we complete this safety check.
The flight team is safe and appreciate your concern and support, as do us all at MedFlight.  Other flight teams were assigned to safely complete each requested air transport.
When available, more details will be released as an update to this post.
Media inquiries can be forwarded to MedFlight’s Public Information Officer, Todd Bailey.  614-580-9081.  Please do not contact MedFlight’s Communication Center at this time.

MedFlight Celebrates 24 Years of Service



It’s hard to believe that MedFlight is 24 years old today.   I want to thank all of our MedFlight partners… past and present.   It has been your dedication, excellent clinical skills, and compassionate attitudes that have made MedFlight what we are today.

We have accomplished so much in our 24 years, and there is so much more to do on our continuous journey to remain a premier provider of medical transportation solutions.

I cannot imagine a better company to work for than MedFlight.  MedFlight is what we are because of YOU…  our MedFlight and Metro Aviation partners!

I also want to take a moment to thank the communities we serve.  Your trust in us to help in times of need is humbling and appreciated.  We work with first responders, 911 dispatchers, and hospital providers around the state on a daily basis and consider it an honor.  Ohio communities are lucky to have you.

Congratulations, and thank you to you all!


Thomas E. Allenstein, RN, MBA, CMTE





Partnership Brings Critical-Care Transport to Bellefontaine



Bellefontaine, Ohio – Mary Rutan Hospital, Robinaugh EMS and MedFlight are partnering to expanding critical care transportation for patients and their caregivers.

Robinaugh EMS plans to provide quarters, parking, and operations space for MedFlight to base a FlyCar unit consisting of a Critical Care Nurse and Critical Care Paramedic that will join an EMT driver from Robinaugh to create a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) when critical patients can’t be flown due to weather, or when it is appropriate to utilize ground transportation to a higher level of care.

The MedFlight FlyCar base will begin operations in the spring of 2019.  The service will be staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.  MedFlight and Robinaugh will provide critical care transportation of patients between Mary Rutan Hospital and other urban hospitals as necessary.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with MedFlight and Robinaugh EMS to better serve the people of Logan County and the surrounding counties in West Central Ohio,” says Chad Ross, Mary Rutan Hospital Vice President of Operations.  Mary Rutan Hospital’s emergency department offers comprehensive services close to home for people with a life-threatening injury or illness who need to get a high level of care quickly.  This new mobile critical care transport option will now be down the street to reduce precious minutes when needed as an extension of our care, resulting in lives being saved.”

Furthermore, the new FlyCar will add additional resources to support other hospital partners throughout the region.

According to Darin Robinaugh, President, “We are excited to be able to bring this level of service to the area.  We have always had a great relationship with both Mary Rutan Hospital and MedFlight, and having a Mobile ICU available will allow us to get these critical patients transferred sooner.” 

“MedFlight is honored to partner with Mary Rutan Hospital and Robinaugh EMS has been a great partner and key component in providing resources that make this innovative medical transportation solution possible,” says Mike Perkins, Vice President of Field Operations.  “This resource will reduce response times for critically ill and injured patients throughout the region.”

Mary Rutan Hospital

Mary Rutan Hospital is a leading not-for-profit health care organization with a comprehensive and integrated system of inpatient, outpatient and community services connected to meet the health and wellness needs of all members of the community.  In addition to the Hospital, there are thirteen offsite locations in a four-county region including Logan, Champaign, Hardin and Shelby. Together, Mary Rutan Hospital team members deliver award-winning services that are recognized by patients and their families, as well as independent organizations that rank the hospital among the best. More information about Mary Rutan Hospital can be found

An EMT and paramedic scholarship program is also available through the hospital for Logan County residents looking to get into EMS.  More information can be found by contacting Tammy Ellison the Mary Rutan Foundation officer by calling (937) 599 -7003.

Robinaugh EMS, LLC

Robinaugh EMS is a family owned private ambulance service operating for 42 years and has offices in Bellefontaine and Marysville. Robinaugh provides Wheelchair transportation, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and now Mobile Intensive Care with EMT’s and Paramedics. Robinaugh is the only licensed ambulance service in the area and are available for both Emergency and Non-Emergency Ambulance Service. Darin Robinaugh serves as Vice President on the Ohio Ambulance Association Board of Directors and Robinaugh EMS was selected as the Logan County Chamber Business of the Month for January 2018.

EMT’s interested employment may apply at


MedFlight is a non-profit air and ground critical care transportation company based in Columbus, Ohio that completes thousands of critical care transports by Helicopter and Mobile Intensive Care ground units each year.  MedFlight is made possible by its consortium health systems consisting of OhioHealth and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  MedFlight also has a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a variety of other non-profit health systems. MedFlight received the air medical industry’s highest safety award in 2012 and was named “Program of the Year” in 2014.

MedFlight encourages qualified critical care paramedics and nurses to apply through our website at under the careers/current openings tab.


Partners For Life.
MedFlight Partner Bill G. and the MedFlight 15 FlyCar.

MedFlight Media Statement


January 30, 2019

For Information, contact:
Todd Bailey, MBA, CMTE, Vice President of Development
(614) 580-9081

Columbus, Ohio – The following is in regard to media questions posed to MedFlight related to the medical helicopter accident on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 in Vinton County, Ohio.
According to Tom Allenstein, MedFlight President and CEO, “Yesterday, a tragic accident occurred involving our air medical colleagues at Survival Flight. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the team members who lost their lives as well as their families and friends.  As it relates to MedFlight, we received a request to transport a patient from the Holzer-Meigs Emergency Room in Pomeroy at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29th.  The assigned team’s pilot, working with the Operational Control Center at Metro Aviation, Inc., our aviation operator, determined that weather conditions at the time of request were below our program’s weather minimums.  Each helicopter ambulance service has their own protocols for making decisions about whether it is appropriate to fly under given conditions. The results of the NTSB investigation is pending as it relates to the cause of this accident.”

Regarding this incident, please do not contact MedFlight’s Communication Center.

MedFlight is a not-for-profit, CAMTS-accredited air & ground critical care transportation company formed in 1995.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, MedFlight has 9 Helicopter bases and 3 Mobile ICU bases statewide.


MedFlight Confirms Safety of Teams

Update 3:08pm:  MedFlight teams have returned to service.

Right now, our attention and concern is with the families of those involved in today’s air medical helicopter crash.  We offer our prayers and full support to our colleagues at Survival Flight during this difficult time.


Columbus, OH, 10:56 am.  MedFlight is receiving details of a fatal air medical helicopter crash.  This does not involve a MedFlight team.  All MedFlight crews are safe and accounted for, and we remain on a safety stand down.

Please do not contact our Communications Center at this time.

Media inquiries can be directed to MedFlight Public Information Officer Todd Bailey, 614-580-9081.


MedFlight Mourns the Passing of One of our Own.

MedFlight Mourns the Passing of One of Our Own
Contact Todd Bailey (Public Information Officer) at 614-580-9081 or with questions.

Columbus, Ohio – MedFlight regrets to inform you that Paramedic Mark Potter was found deceased this morning at MedFlight’s Meigs County helicopter base in Pomeroy, Ohio.

There is no known cause of death at this time.

We ask that you respect the privacy of Mark’s family, friends, and coworkers.

According to MedFlight’s President Tom Allenstein, “We are devastated regarding the news of Mark’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with his family. Mark is a cherished part of our family as well.”

Mark was a Flight Paramedic and External Base Lead for MedFlight’s Meigs County Base. He has worked for MedFlight as a paramedic for almost 2 years.  He proudly and honorably represented his home community in Logan, Ohio.

Please refer to or MedFlight’s social media sites for more information.  We will try to respectfully update the community regarding the situation when we know more.

Furthermore, our heartfelt thanks go to the first responders, especially Meigs County EMS, who are involved and continue to support and assist us.



Potter, Mark Full


MedFlight 6 Bird Strike

(UPDATE 11/20/18, 23:46)

Columbus, OH.  While departing their base at the Morgan County Airport, MedFlight 6’s aircraft was struck by a bird.  The pilot immediately returned and landed safely at the base.  Pilot was uninjured.  No other crew or patient on-board.  The base’s mechanic is on-scene to assess the helicopter.   Please do not contact our communications center for information.  We thank you for your continued support of MedFlight.