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 Programme of the Year Award recognizes an emergency medical programme 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.