MedFlight Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Columbus, OH.   April 19th marks 25 years since MedFlight opened its doors for service.

In 1995, Columbus-based Grant Medical Center and Ohio State University Medical Center consolidated LifeFlight and SkyMed, the hospitals’ helicopter critical-care services, into a new entity named MedFlight.  The merger of these two organizations would save millions of healthcare dollars annually by eliminating duplication and simplifying access to emergency transportation while maintaining high-quality care.  Shortly after,  in 1997, the company added Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU) to the fleet of critical-care transport solutions, utilized for interhospital transport.

OSUMC SkyMed and Grant LifeFlight
Riverside Methodist Hospital Mobile ICU prior to joining MedFlight

Since 1995, MedFlight has remained a non-profit organization and has transported over 125,000 critically-ill and injured patients in Ohio and in neighboring states.  The organization now has bases in Chillicothe, Marysville, Pomeroy, Coshocton, Galion, McConnelsville, Portsmouth, Eaton, Jeffersonville, Columbus and Bellefontaine.  Each clinical team consists of an experienced and highly trained nurse and paramedics, and aviation services are provided by Metro Aviation.


“We often meet Ohio community members on what is potentially the worst day of their life, and our teams have responded with passion, dedication and experience to each patient’s bedside for 25 years,” says MedFlight President/CEO Tom Allenstein.   “Whether it be a life-threatening injury or a critical illness, the residents of Ohio deserve to have an investment made on their behalf to ensure that safe, appropriate, and quality medical transportation services are provided in a timely manner.  On our 25th anniversary of service, I want to sincerely thank all past & present MedFlight team members for choosing to serve in critical-care transport as their profession.  Your investment of time, training, and compassion has made MedFlight the organization it is today.”

Dr. Howie Werman has served as MedFlight’s Medical Director since the organization’s inception.  “This is a great time to thank our former patients, as well as their families, for entrusting their care to our teams,” Werman said. 

At the request of first responders, MedFlight will respond to remote locations to assist with patient care and provide rapid transport to appropriate trauma centers.  But the majority of their missions are hospital-to-hospital patient transports, where an ICU-level of care must be maintained in the air or in the back of the ambulance.  Along with that, MedFlight participates in over 300 community events each year and allows first responders, nurses, and 911 dispatchers to spend a day with one of their teams as an observer.

“This is not just a job, this is a calling,” said Allenstein.

Learn more about MedFlight at or on social media: @MedFlightOhio

MedFlight’s COVID-19 Response


A Message from our President/CEO:

MedFlight and MedCare want to reassure our community partners that we are here and mission-ready for all of your patient needs.  That includes the critically-ill and injured patient as well as patients that are showing COVID-19 signs & symptoms, and/or positive or suspected diagnosis.  While information about this virus is ever-evolving, our care will remain consistent with any other respiratory or airborne infectious disease patients may experience.

We have been providing continuous training and updates for our partners regarding COVID-19 and are working hard to assure our teams are equipped with proper skillsets, medication, medical and personal protective equipment to take care of your patients.

In an effort to comply with Ohio Department of Health mandates on social distancing, we have elected to postpone in-person clinical & landing zone training and outreach events. This is important to assure the health and well-being of not only our crews and patients, but your coworkers and communities as well. Once the recommendations allow, we will resume in-person training and community outreach events.

These are challenging times, and we’re here to help.  If you have questions about our customized transport solutions, you are encouraged to contact MedFlight Administration at 614-734-8001, or our Communications Center (MedComm) at 1-800-222-5433 to activate a critical-care transport team.

MedFlight and MedCare are ready, and we’re here for you. We have ample resources on hand that can handle your patient transportation needs.

Below, you’ll find new updates on our service solutions, suggestions on CDC and Ohio Department of Health healthcare best practice, and more.  Make sure to check back of

Stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you for all you do. Partners For Life.

Tom Allenstein, President/CEO of MedFlight & MedCare




As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so does MedFlight and MedCare’s response to it.

MedFlight will transport any known or suspected COVID-19 patients by both air and ground.  Known or suspected patients who are not intubated should be masked prior to MedFlight transport.  Our clinicians will continue to wear the proper personal protective equipment.

We recognize that not every COVID-19 patient needs the speed or expense of helicopter transport.  Therefore, we will continue to offer critical-care ground transport as well upon request.

We recognize that this is a challenging time for us all, but we are dedicated to providing transport solution-ns for your patient. If you contact us for patient transport and suspect the patient may have signs of COVID-19, please inform our Communications Center so we can best ready our clinical teams.   MedComm can be reached at 1-800-222-5433.




We are blessed at MedFlight and MedCare to have an in-house Exposure Control specialist, who works continuously to provide education, training, and best practices from the Center for Disease Control for all MedFlight and MedCare partners.  This training is provided year-round and promotes best practices in mitigating the spread of any infectious disease before, during, and after patient care.

Here are some tips as you serve your patients:

1. Wash your hands frequently, scrubbing for a minimum of 20 seconds.

2. Sanitize all surfaces, including commonly-touched items in your ambulance, such as handles, radio knobs, seatbelts, medical equipment, and work surfaces.

3. Practice social distancing. If possible, keep a 6-foot span from others. MedFlight and MedCare will be interacting with our healthcare partners virtually and on the phone to help promote this practice, but we are still available for you 24/7.

4. Take your temperature and assess your own health before reporting to work. This is something we are also requiring of MedFlight and MedCare partners.

5. If you or a family member shows COVID-19 signs or symptoms, stay home.

6. Don the proper personal protective equipment when transporting patients showing respiratory symptoms, or if the patient needs airway management. This may include masks, gowns, gloves, and eye protection.

7. If you contact us for patient transport and suspect the patient may have signs of COVID-19, please inform our dispatch center so we can best ready our clinical teams.

MedFlight Acquires 100% of MedCare Ambulance

MedCare Ambulance to Become a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Ohio Medical Transportation (dba MedFlight of Ohio)

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Columbus, OH.  March 9, 2020. 

Columbus, Ohio-based MedFlight has purchased 100% of MedCare Ambulance.  This arrangement will strengthen MedFlight’s ability to enhance a complete range of transportation options for their consortium hospitals, including The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth, their networks, and the many referral hospitals throughout Ohio.

Previously, MedFlight owned 60% of MedCare, and the purchase brings MedCare Ambulance under one ownership.  The company intends to set a new standard of excellence as they focus on quality service and safety.  The arrangement will allow for future ground-based patient transportation growth and expansion to better serve patients in Ohio.

MedFlight will oversee leadership and operations through the direction of its non-profit owner hospitals and will continue to build a quality-based ALS/BLS service based on MedFlight’s successful model of high-quality and safe critical-care medical transport solutions.

“MedFlight has been a leader in critical care transportation for decades.  By owning and fully-operating MedCare, we will work hard to join our expertise with MedCare, invest more into their services, and continue to improve the service delivery and quality clinical care that people have come to expect with MedFlight.  As we further enhance and invest in our MedCare operations, we believe the result will be one of the best combined transportation solutions-oriented companys in the nation.” – MedFlight President/CEO Tom Allenstein.

Highlights of the agreement:

    MedCare is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of MedFlight.
    MedFlight will take over as the managing entity, keeping all operations and administrative support within Ohio.
    MedFlight has been focused on quality and customer service-driven operations since its formation in 1995.  The combined strength of MedFlight and MedCare will allow both organizations to continue to invest in local medical transporation needs and allow for future expansion when necessary.
    MedFlight will honor current MedCare contracts as the transition occurs.
    By working together from positions of strength, both organizations can maximize opportunities to deliver medical transportation services more efficiently and effectively.
    The change will build upon the committment of growing and developing clinical care providers interested in medical transportation, creating more opportunities for EMTs, Paramedics, and Nurses to train and work.


MedFlight Background

Ohio Medical Transportation, Inc (dba MedFlight of Ohio) is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization created in April 1995 as a result of the consolidation of two hospital-owned helicopter programs: Grant LifeFlight and The Ohio State University SKYMED.  In 1996, MedFlight purchased the Mobile ICU transportation service from Riverside Methodist Hospital and integrated critical-care ground transporation into MedFlight’s services.

MedFlight has partnerships with Kettering Health Network and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in addition to preferred provider agreements with many Ohio hospitals.

MedFlight has received the “Program of the Year” award from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), as well as the Vision Zero Safety Award.  MedFlight’s CISM program, PAWS, has also been awarded the AAMS Community Service Award.  They continue to be national leaders in the field of air and ground transporation solutions.

MedCare Background

In 2010, MedFlight and another organization announced a joint-venture to create an ALS/BLS ambulance service in central Ohio, serving thousands of caregivers and patients annually.

The offices and communications center for MedCare is located in Hilliard, OH and currently operates ambulances and wheelchair vans in communities throughout Ohio.


For More Information:

Todd Bailey, VP of Development

MedFlight Public Information Officer


MC 2020



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 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.



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