Boston MedFlight Opens New HQ with an Eye to More Growth

New Boston MedFlight HQ at Hanscom Air Force Base
January 29, 2019 — Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit based in Bedford that provides critical care medical transport to the region’s most severely ill and injured patients, recently opened a new headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford that can support further expansion across Massachusetts.

The 54,000-square-foot headquarters includes a 30,000-square-foot helicopter hangar space and a tarmac with radiant heat to melt snow and ice, garage bays for ground ambulances, a communication center, and offices.

Last week, Boston MedFlight released a helicopter landing zone safety video training series developed for use by Massachusetts first responders and air ambulance companies operating in the Commonwealth. This is the first landing zone safety video series created specifically for Massachusetts first responders, according to the organization.

Founded in 1985, Boston MedFlight conducted 4,300 medical transports last year, an increase from 4,000 in 2017.

Last year, Boston MedFlight opened a 24,000-square-foot location in Mansfield, and growing to 160 employees from 120 in 2017, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). It also has bases in Lawrence and Plymouth.

The organization is looking to expand ground transport crews, which provide more highly trained professionals aboard ambulances with enhanced intensive care capabilities, according ot the BBJ.

“We continue to see growth in critical care transport,” said Rick Kenin, general manager of aviation operations at Boston MedFlight, quoted by the BBJ. “Ground critical care is where the largest growth is now. We’re evaluating the need, whether by air or ground – where is the need and where can we fill the gap.”

He added that the new $17.3 million project has combined a state-of-the-art simulation lab with updated hangar space on the commercial side of the airport.

Boston MedFlight partners with a consortium of leading, nonprofit medical centers, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center.

Boston Medflight transports adult, pediatric and neonatal patients with a diverse range of diagnoses, including medical, trauma, and neurological, respiratory, cardiac, and obstetrical concerns. Each year, it provides more than $4 million in free and unreimbursed care to patients in need with little or no medical insurance.