Press Releases


January 30, 2019

For information, contact:
Todd Bailey, MBC, 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 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 the 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 Communications 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.


COLUMBUS, Ohio - At approximately 6:45pm on Sunday 2/4/17, while enroute to a referring facility to begin a patient transport, MedFlight's Columbus-based Mobile ICU team was involved in an accident with injuries to the medical crew. First responders transported the team to the local hospital for assessment.

We will keep you updated as details are available. Please do not call our emergency dispatch number at this time.

We thank you for your support and patience as we assist our team during this incident.

UPDATE 02/04/18 @ 2308

We have confirmed that one of the crew involved in the accident has been transported with serious injuries to a Columbus hospital for treatment. Remaining crew members sustained minor injuries and are being evaluated at this time.


Contact Todd Bailey
September 24, 2014

MedFlight Receives Top Industry Award as Program of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio – MedFlight, the non-profit critical care transportation company owned by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and OhioHealth, was awarded the prestigious award of Program of the Year last night in Nashville, Tennessee at the annual Air Medical Transportation Conference by AAMS (Association of Air Medical Services).

The Program of the Year Award recognizes an emergency medical program that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer and community service, safety practice and commitment to the medical transport community

Throughout MedFlight’s history it has demonstrated patients-first values and leadership by providing medical helicopter and mobile intensive care unit (MICU) patient transportation solutions. MedFlight was recognized for its exemplary safety standards by receiving the Vision Zero Safety Award in 2012 (the highest industry safety award) and continues a lasting contribution to the industry today.

MedFlight demonstrated its commitment to outreach education, through lectures and the use of our mobile simulation RV by providing thousands of free CEUs to members of the EMS communities and hospitals throughout Ohio. Firehouse Subs recognized MedFlight’s effort by granting the largest grant to date so MedFlight could purchase a pediatric simulator to further educate providers in Ohio.

MedFlight’s social media program is successfully used to provide education, industry related information, and safety training. Their Facebook page is one of the largest industry sites with over 13,000 fans in 10 countries. Most recently, MedFlight started MedFlight Radio, which provides podcasts on relevant topics and provides CEU education. To date MedFlight Radio has over 8400 downloads in 41 countries.

MedFlight saw the need for collaborative research in the industry and founded the Center for Medical Transport Research to fill this void. This provided an opportunity for people to share their own story of safety with over 30 digital safety stories published.

MedFlight and our partners have also contributed nationally and internationally through service to disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

They recently helped coordinate and participate in the fundraising for “The Great American Safety Drive” that raised over $100K for the MedEvac Foundation.

This award was made possible by its employees, aviation personnel from their vendor Metro Aviation, sponsoring hospitals, and other stakeholders that have worked for decades to serve and improve the lives of others. MedFlight is honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award.

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Contact Todd Bailey
(614) 580-9081

MedFlight’s New Membership Program is First of Its Kind for Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – MedFlight, the region’s long-standing non-profit air and ground medical transportation service, is pleased to announce the launch of MedFlight Advantage, a new unique air and ground medical transportation membership program. Industry leaders MedFlight, MedCare Ambulance and AirMed International have joined forces to create a comprehensive membership package which protects you and your family in the event of a life-threatening accident or injury.

The new membership program is designed to cover individual and families on an annual basis and has two plan levels. At a cost of only $69.99 per year, MedFlight Advantage includes full service ground and helicopter transport for an entire family if the unthinkable happens. The MedFlight Advantage Global plan provides complete air medical transport coverage on a worldwide basis for as little as $269.99 annually for individuals and $369.99 for families. MedFlight Advantage Global brings you home to the hospital of your choice from any point on the globe with no hidden fees, co-pays or deductibles.

No matter which membership plan is selected, a MedFlight Advantage membership means members have peace of mind, knowing that the highest quality emergency medical transportation is available when they need it, whether close to home, across the country, or in another part of the world.

“I’ve been in the medical transport industry for over twenty years, and I have studied membership programs at great length. When it was time for us to create a membership, MedFlight and our owner hospitals wanted to make sure it was the best one in the country,” said Rod Crane, President and CEO of MedFlight. “AirMed’s President Jeff Tolbert helped us put the icing on the cake to complete a true regional ALS/BLS, MICU, helicopter and an added national/international fixed-wing membership of great value to individuals and their families.”

MedFlight Advantage provides the most comprehensive medical transport coverage available in Ohio. Some memberships cover only helicopter transports but they don’t extend to Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU) or ALS/BLS ambulance services that are statistically utilized more often by patients and their families than helicopters. With MedFlight’s extensive fleet of helicopters, MICUs and MedCare Ambulances, we have members covered geographically, medically, and financially.

Accidents can happen anywhere, not just near home. Business and leisure travel takes people across the country on a regular basis—what if they are hospitalized 500 miles away from home? And for those who travel internationally, it can cost $200,000 or more to return you home to your loved ones. MedFlight Advantage Global membership gives members complete access to the industry’s most experienced teams in long-distance air medical transportation and patient care, all for little more than a dollar a day.

MedFlight’s Advantage Membership can be found at

About MedFlight and MedCare

MedFlight is a non-profit organization owned by our nationally-recognized member hospitals: Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, OhioHealth Hospitals, and Akron General Medical Center. MedFlight also has a pediatric and neonatal transport partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and has preferred provider agreements with Ohio’s most prominent hospitals. MedCare is 60% owned by MedFlight. For more information about MedFlight visit

About AirMed International

AirMed is the premier global air ambulance and medical solutions company in North America. AirMed provides unparalleled medical care and transportation on a worldwide basis to the nation’s top hospitals, insurance providers and assistance companies, and to more than 1 million members worldwide. An AirMed membership is an important supplement to typical travel insurance and includes air medical transport to the hospital of your choice if you are ill or injured more than 150 miles from home, as well as a host of other benefits. For more information about AirMed, visit


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Helicopter Aviation Services and sole operational control are contracted to MedFlight through Metro Aviation and Air Methods, Inc. Metro Aviation oversees all helicopter operations excluding MedFlight 7 in Portsmouth, Ohio, which is operated by Air Methods, Inc.



MedFlight is a not-for-profit, CAMTS accredited air and ground critical care transportation company based in Columbus, Ohio that completes nearly 7,000 critical care transports by helicopter and Mobile Intensive Care unit each year.

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