2022 Boston MedFlight Annual Report

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Brien Barnewolt, MD


Chairman and Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine

Tufts Medical Center

Assistant Professor

Tufts University School of Medicine

Alastair Bell, MD, MBA



Boston Medical Center Health System

Julia Sinclair, MBA


Senior Vice President, Clinical Services

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Charles Cook, MD


Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

Associate Professor of Surgery

Harvard Medical School

Alasdair Conn, MD



Chief Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital

Ann Prestipino



Retired Senior Vice President

Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business


Massachusetts General Hospital

Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan


Retired Senior Vice President

MSK Network Development

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Patricia (Tish) McMullin, JD


Executive Director

Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals

Nicole Parent Haughey


Chair, Boston MedFlight Leadership Council

Courtney Cannon, AB, MBA

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operations

Boston Children’s Hospital

Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS

Chief, Trauma and Acute Care and Trauma Surgery

Boston Medical Center

Associate Professor of Surgery

Boston University School of Medicine

Peter F. Dunn, MD

Senior Vice President, Procedural Services, Healthcare System

Engineering, and Capacity Management

Massachusetts General Hospital

Monica Kleinman, MD Clinical Director, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit Medical Director, Critical Care Transport Program

Senior Associate, Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Boston Children’s Hospital

Associate Professor of Anesthesia

Harvard Medical School

Ali Raja, MD, MBA

Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital

Diana Richardson, MBA President

Tufts Medical Center

Michael Rosenblatt, MD, MPH, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Ali Salim, MD, MBA

Division Chief, Trauma, Burns and Surgical Care

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Professor of Surgery

Harvard Medical School




Thank you for taking the time to read this 2022 annual report. As a member of the Boston MedFlight community, I am confident that you will share my pride in this exceptional organization and the people who make our work possible, and that you will be inspired by the stories of survival and recovery reflected in the profiles of our patients.

The 2021-2022 fiscal year was yet another milestone year for Boston MedFlight. It was the busiest year in our history: Boston MedFlight’s expert teams transported 6,189 patients in need by air and ground, an average of 17 patients every 24 hours. I am impressed every day by the incredible skill and deep commitment exhibited by our team members on the frontlines and behind the scenes. While it is impossible to sum up the entire breadth of Boston MedFlight’s work and mission in a single publication, this annual report provides a compelling glimpse into what makes our organization so special. Of course, everything we do is with the goal of serving patients in need, and the profiles of former Boston MedFlight patients George Frongillo and Abby and Steve Perelman, as well as patient family member (and volunteer) Nicole Parent Haughey, are representative of the more than 95,000 patients our teams have cared for during 37 years of service. We are fortunate to have many long-tenured staff members whose service is exemplary, including Andy Farkas, our COO – Clinical, who is profiled herein for his 30 years with Boston MedFlight (also recognized are the many staff who have been with Boston MedFlight for 20+ years).

I encourage you to read the piece on Boston MedFlight’s neonatal transport program, and I trust that you will be impressed by our team’s extraordinary capabilities, training, and equipment, all of which enables us to care for the smallest and most fragile patients. Any parent can relate to the angst one feels when a child is sick or injured. When a newborn’s condition is serious enough to require critical care transport, that feeling of helplessness can turn to hope when the Boston MedFlight team arrives. Our neonatal transport program is a cornerstone of our lifesaving mission, and it is gratifying for our staff to play a key role in the survival and recovery of these newborns.

We were so pleased to be able to finally — and belatedly — celebrate Boston MedFlight’s 35th anniversary, which became “35+,” after two COVID-dictated postponements since 2020. Bringing together current and former staff, trustees, vendors, volunteers, and friends, it was exciting to gather in our headquarters (opened in 2018), with some of our fleet as backdrop, to recognize the collective efforts that have made Boston MedFlight one of the premier EMS programs in the country.

I would like to express my personal thanks to Ann Prestipino, who after more than 37 years on the Boston MedFlight Board of Trustees, including the last 10 as Chair, has retired from Mass General Hospital and from her position as Chair of the Boston MedFlight Board. Ann has been a trusted friend and colleague to me for as long as I have known her, and we are grateful that she will be remaining on our Board as a “Friend,” a special non-voting advisory position, and as a member of the newly formed Boston MedFlight Leadership Council.

Please join me in thanking the entire Boston MedFlight staff for their deep commitment to our patients and the communities we serve. And on behalf of all of my colleagues, I extend our sincere appreciation to our generous and thoughtful donors, volunteers, community partners, and friends whose support is vital to making this work possible.




Thank you to the following Trustees who have stepped into new officer positions: Brien Barnewolt as Chair, Alastair Bell as Vice Chair, Julia Sinclair as Treasurer, and Charles Cook as Clerk. We also warmly welcome our new Trustees: Tracey Dechert, Peter Dunn, Kirsten Boyd, and Nicole Parent Haughey. For a complete list of our Board of Trustees, please see the inside front cover.

Trustees, when she retired from Mass General in December 2022.

During Ann’s tenure at Mass General, she served as senior vice president for many areas of the institution, primarily focused on operations. Among her diverse responsibilities, she led emergency preparedness, serving as the chief incident commander for the Boston Marathon bombing, the Rhode Island Station Nightclub fire, and the hospital’s COVID-19 response.

Reflecting on Boston MedFlight’s history, Ann shares a case study in collaboration. “In the early ’80s, the idea of developing an air ambulance service was being bounced around. Back then, there weren’t any for-profit companies in that space. The academic medical centers realized pretty quickly they couldn’t do it themselves; no single institution could pull it off. It didn’t work logistically and it wasn’t costeffective. Leadership from the medical institutions came together and decided this was a time to be collaborative, not competitive.”


Boston MedFlight rises in unison for a standing ovation in honor of Ann Prestipino, MPH, who has retired as Chair of the Board of Trustees after 37 years of service to our organization.

Ann has been instrumental to Boston MedFlight since our very inception. In 1984, when a hospital consortium comprised of Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center formed to cooperatively develop an air medical transport service, representatives from each institution comprised the new organization’s Board of Trustees. Ann, who began her career at Mass General in 1980, was tapped for a Board seat. She would continue serving on the Boston MedFlight Board of Trustees for nearly four decades, becoming Chair in 2013. She assumed the title of Chair Emeritus, Boston MedFlight Board of

A small team of representatives from each of the institutions built the organization with pooled resources. Ann recalls, “It really was like, ‘I’ll bring my legal team if you bring your accounting people.’ We developed the preliminary operating model and the legal and financial infrastructure and began looking for someone to take the helm. We convinced Dr. Alasdair Conn [Boston MedFlight CEO 1985-1989] to take on that role, and we began building up the team.”

Merriam-Webster defines “consortium” as “an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member.” Boston MedFlight is surely the definition of consortium at its finest. “If you were trying to do this any other way,” says Ann, “it wouldn’t be possible. Through Boston MedFlight, these large academic medical centers actually work together, and each one enables Boston MedFlight staff to receive ongoing training for specific skills at the member hospitals. That piece is really important and is essential to our ability to provide such high-level critical

care. Quite frankly, Boston MedFlight provides a public safety service for greater New England. Other organizations might do pieces of what Boston MedFlight does, but no one does what we’re doing. The collaboration and integration across Boston’s academic medical centers is what has made this program so special, and so valuable.”

During Ann’s tenure as Chair, she led Boston MedFlight through significant and operationally demanding growth, including the addition of bases, aircraft and ground ambulance replacement and expansion, and a 215% increase in patients transported. As Boston MedFlight grew, Ann and the Board helped ensure that quality standards kept pace with increasing capacity, in both clinical care and administration. “Our growth has been remarkable,” Ann says. “We increased consortium membership by bringing in Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in 2017 and serving increasingly distant communities. We’ve secured board members who want to contribute over the long term, ensuring that even with CEO changes at the participating hospitals, Boston MedFlight’s longevity is preserved. This Board is wonderfully committed. We always check our institutional allegiances at the door and think first and foremost about Boston MedFlight and what’s best for the patients we serve. And I want to highlight that the leadership of Boston MedFlight — Dr. Conn, Dr. Wedel, and Maura Hughes — has been extraordinary. Their commitment is what has made this organization so successful.”

To Boston MedFlight’s benefit, Ann will continue sharing her immense talent, experience, and institutional knowledge as Chair Emeritus and Friend, and will serve on the Board’s new Leadership Council (see opposite). “It was wonderful to serve on the Board,” Ann says. “It’s been a great run, my Board membership as well as the chairmanship. I’ve passed the baton to Brien Barnewolt now, but I’m glad I’ll be continuing in a special Friend role and serving on the Leadership Council. The organization is doing extraordinarily well, and I’m confident the board will continue its tremendous work.”



a highly capable person with extensive corporate and volunteer experience, longstanding connections in the corporate and social/philanthropic communities, and — most significantly — she knows and understands Boston MedFlight at a deep level through her father’s transport experience. As a donor and volunteer, Nicole is dynamic, engaged, and highly effective. We are thrilled to have her as Chair of the Leadership Council.”


We’re pleased to share that Nicole Parent Haughey has joined the Boston MedFlight Board of Trustees. Nicole became an active donor and volunteer after her father was transported by Boston MedFlight in 2021. She is the inaugural Chair of our recently formed Leadership Council and is only the second at-large member of the Boston MedFlight Board of Trustees ever elected.

Nicole brings to the Board nearly three decades of experience in analytical, strategic, and operational roles in financial services, manufacturing, technology, and hospitality. After 20 years on Wall Street as an equity research analyst, providing counsel and insights to institutional investors, executive leadership teams, and public company boards of directors, Nicole moved to the corporate sector where she headed strategy and mergers and acquisitions for a Fortune 50 company. Since then, she has held executive roles at several companies, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Island Creek Oysters. She holds a BA in economics from Harvard College, where she was a D1 soccer player. She was also elected the youngest and first female president of the Harvard Club of New York City (2008-2011).

Tom Hudner, Chief Development Officer, is excited to welcome Nicole to the Board. “When we were considering the role of Chair of the Leadership Council, Nicole was an exceptionally compelling candidate,” says Tom. “As her career and bio underscore, she is

The Leadership Council is a new volunteer committee created to bolster Boston MedFlight’s outreach and fundraising efforts. Structurally, our Board of Trustees is focused on governance related to matters such as medicine, aviation, and finance — and is not an active fundraising board. The Leadership Council enables our Board to have an increased focus on development. Members of the Leadership Council serve as informed ambassadors for Boston MedFlight, raising awareness of our nonprofit mission and helping grow our community of donors, partners, and corporate sponsors.

“I’m serving on the Leadership Council because Boston MedFlight saved my dad and gave us the precious gift of quality time that we wouldn’t have otherwise had,” says Nicole. “I love this organization, I love the mission, and I love the compassion with which every single person affiliated with Boston MedFlight does their job. I think it’s fair to say that the day someone needs Boston MedFlight is probably the worst day of their life. Every situation is different, but the one constant is that every member of the Boston MedFlight team shows up and does what they do best, ultimately changing so many lives for the better.”

It was early in the morning on January 20, 2021, when Nicole’s mother called to say that Nicole’s father had had a stroke. When Nicole arrived at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, her father was in critical condition. He was paralyzed on the left side of his body and had lost vision in his left eye. “I don’t think I’ve ever been as scared as I was when I walked into the ER,” says Nicole. “My dad was in bad shape and my mother was in tears. When the doctor asked my mom about Dad’s last wishes,

she couldn’t speak.” Nicole sat by her father’s bedside and held his hand, telling him how well he was doing, even as his condition worsened.

Nicole’s father was a candidate for mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure that uses special equipment to remove clots. But he had to get to a tertiary care center in Boston to have the procedure, and quickly. Boston MedFlight was summoned. “The speed with which Boston MedFlight got my dad from Plymouth to Boston is what saved him,” says Nicole, “in more ways than I could have imagined.”

No one wishes for a life-threatening medical crisis, but sometimes crises come with silver linings. While he was in Boston receiving lifesaving treatment for his stroke, Nicole’s father was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable stage IV cancer. “My dad’s oncologist said that if the cancer had gone undetected, it would have taken his life within six months,” Nicole says. “Instead, doctors were able to reverse about 90% of the effects of the stroke and he’s been able to receive immunotherapy to help manage his cancer. We are blessed to be at more than two years later and counting. There is no doubt in my mind that being transported by Boston MedFlight is the only reason he is with us today, living every day he has to its fullest.”

Nicole’s intensely personal experience with Boston MedFlight led her and her husband Phil to become philanthropic leaders for Boston MedFlight. “When I reflect on everything my dad went through, gratitude is the word that comes to mind. I’m so grateful he’s alive. I’m so grateful I can remind him every day how much I love him, for however long we have left,” Nicole says, emotion rising. “The day I don’t cry when I tell this story is the day I’m not here to share it anymore. I will forever be grateful to Boston MedFlight, and I’m honored to actively support this tremendous organization.”



Boston MedFlight is pleased to have acquired a new Cessna Citation CJ4 turbofan aircraft, slated to begin flying patient missions in spring 2023. This medically configured jet expands our existing fleet of critical care transport vehicles – which includes five twin-engine Airbus helicopters and eight ground ambulances – increasing our ability to provide lifesaving critical care transport in response to rising demand.

With all-weather capability, our fixed wing aircraft is called when turbulence and icing conditions ground helicopters as well as for longer-range transport missions. The CJ4 is a critical acquisition that replaces our King Air twin-engine turboprop, helping us fly both farther and faster: the CJ4 doubles our speed and range compared to the King Air. The CJ4 also flies at higher altitudes, making flight more efficient as well as more comfortable.

Acquiring and integrating an aircraft of this caliber and purpose involves an extensive set of training and certification hurdles. Rick Kenin, Chief Operating Officer – Transport, is part of the Fixed Wing Integration Team tasked with acquiring and operationalizing the new aircraft. Rick is responsible for the complex and highly regulated elements of aircraft procurement and modification, including strategy, structure, and budget, ensuring the program meets or exceeds every industry standard for critical care transport. “The medical capabilities in the Boston area are second to none,” Rick says. “Our consortium hospitals established Boston MedFlight because they wanted transport care equal to the care they provide at their hospitals. Adding to our range and reach with this new aircraft ensures we can provide the same level of care above the clouds that a patient would receive locally.”

When it came to finding the right aircraft for the job, the CJ4 did not have a lot of competition. “Only a handful of aircraft would fit into this role,” says Mike Peaslee, Boston MedFlight’s Fixed Wing Chief Pilot, explaining that the key factors in selecting the new aircraft were its capacities for range (physical distance) and reach (the time it takes to cover that distance), as well as altitude and comfort. “This is the fastest aircraft in its class,” Mike says. “It is a frontline aircraft with state-of-the-art avionics and advancements.”

As the driver of execution for the Fixed Wing Integration Team, Mike has written reams of operational manuals over the past year and is training our pilots face to face. “The FAA has certified the aircraft,” says Rick. “Now our pilots have to be qualified and approved, as does our operational process. Then we train our clinical team on being in the air within this specific configuration.” Mike added, “I’m looking forward to being operational. I’ll be out there flying missions too, which really helps me know what’s going on.”

In building out a bespoke medical cabin to the last millimeter of our specifications, the team is drawing on the accrued expertise of decades in fixed wing critical care transport as well as the lessons learned and shared by other organizations flying the CJ4 as an air ambulance.

Rick and Mike both credit Mark Onorato, Director of Operations, for being a huge asset to the Fixed Wing Integration Team. Mark is responsible for aviation operations at Boston MedFlight and has worked closely with Mike on the CJ4’s documentation and pilot training. And yet the integration effort goes far beyond Rick, Mike, and Mark. “Every part of this organization has been involved in this aircraft’s acquisition and integration processes,” says Rick. “From our CFO managing the purchase process, to Patient Financial Services determining the billing and insurance structure, to Aviation Maintenance going over this aircraft inch by inch, to the clinical staff who are at this minute in the hangar here at Hanscom working on equipment configuration — all of us have played a role. This ability to collaborate across the organization is one of Boston MedFlight’s greatest strengths.”

Rick Kenin
Mike Peaslee



“Only a handful of aircraft would fit into this role,” says Mike Peaslee, Boston MedFlight’s Fixed Wing Chief Pilot, explaining that the key factors in selecting the new aircraft were its capacities for range (physical distance) and reach (the time it takes to cover that distance), as well as altitude and comfort. “This is the fastest aircraft in its class,” Mike says. “It is a frontline aircraft with state-of-the-art avionics and advancements.”



We are pleased to honor the following Boston MedFlight team members for multiple decades of service to our life-saving mission!

Andrew Farkas, Chief Operations Officer – Clinical: 30 years

Charles Blathras, Director of Base Operations: 28 years

Michael Lessard, Equipment Retrieval Coordinator: 26 years

Todd Denison, Director of Safety: 25 years

Kevin Wilkins, Medical Equipment Specialist: 25 years

James Ahlstedt, Base Manager: 24 years

Maura Hughes, Chief Executive Officer: 24 years

David Apone, Aviation Maintenance Technician: 24 years

Maria Taylor, Human Resource Manager: 23 years

Mark Saia, Critical Care Transport Paramedic: 23 years

Kenneth Panciocco, Director of Communications: 23 years

Cheryl Brady, Receptionist: 23 years

Kristin Gallagher, Critical Care Transport Nurse: 22 years

Christine Muszalski, Clinical Orientation Manager: 22 years

Kathleen Moynihan, Critical Care Transport Nurse: 21 years

William Rypka, Helicopter Pilot: 20 years


In October 2022, Boston MedFlight was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Women’s Edge and Boston Globe Magazine. Since 2000, The Women’s Edge (formerly the Commonwealth Institute) has supported systemic, sustained progress for women in leadership roles throughout the business community.

“I am proud and humbled that Boston MedFlight is among this year’s honorees,” said Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “It’s a real testament to the strength and devotion of the incredible team who live our nonprofit, lifesaving mission every day.”



As an organization, Boston MedFlight owes much to Andrew (Andy) Farkas, Chief Operating Officer – Clinical (COO), whom we honor for 30 years at Boston MedFlight. In addition to his COO role, Andy actively serves on our frontlines as a critical care transport nurse and paramedic.

“When I started at Boston MedFlight in 1993, we were 15 or 20 people,” says Andy. “Now we’re 180 people. In some ways, the changes have been significant. But the essence of what we do — provide lifesaving, patient-centered care — hasn’t changed at all.”

Prior to Boston MedFlight, Andy worked as an EMT and volunteer firefighter in upstate New York. He came to Boston and earned a bachelor of science at Northeastern before moving to Grand Rapids, MI, where he attended a nine-month paramedic school while working in a downtown ER. When he returned to Massachusetts, Andy took a job at UMass Memorial in Worcester, which had a flight program. He worked at the hospital for 18 years while also working as a nurse and paramedic at Boston MedFlight.

As Boston MedFlight grew over the years, so too did Andy’s responsibility and impact within the organization. He became a crew chief, a vital managerial role that evolved into Chief Operations Manager and ultimately COO – Clinical. To add to his breadth of expertise, in 2018 Andy completed a master’s in health informatics with a specialization in management at UMass Lowell’s Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences.

“Since our inception, we’ve cared for more than 95,000 patients,” says Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “Andy has had an impact on the vast majority of those patients and their families, either directly as a paramedic or nurse, or operationally as a crew chief and then COO. His depth of knowledge is unparalleled. What we do is very complex. Andy knows it so well and has such long-established relationships with the institutions we serve — the patient isn’t ever going to know, but this fluency translates to extremely high-quality care.”

As both COO and a practicing clinician, Andy is uniquely positioned to lead clinical operations. “Being a nurse and paramedic helps me stay engaged with staff,” Andy says. “It helps me understand what they’re going through. It builds credibility, because I can honestly say, ‘I understand what you’re doing, and I understand that case.’”

Maura underscores the beneficial impact of Andy’s dual roles. “There aren’t many folks who take a C-suite job and still have their hands on patients,” she says. “I think our staff really respect him for doing that. Andy does a lot to move the organization forward with new initiatives, new bases, new ground vehicles, and new service lines. The COO role is a huge time commitment but he still does all the clinical training and maintains his credentials. And he takes his turn on call, so you can find him on the phone trying to organize a complex call at 2:00 in the morning.”

Andy appreciates Boston MedFlight’s tightly knit, interdependent team and works to foster those connections. “I enjoy having fun at work and making people smile,” Andy says. “I think it’s important to know your people — to know everyone by first name in every role. I try to be present at all four bases. I work closely with the middle managers. If you’re going to be a leader, you need to be accessible, but you also have to be present. The hours are 7


long and there are some tough situations. I don’t think we have a day here without a really challenging case. I was here most days during the pandemic, helping take care of the staff and going on patient transports. It was tough work, and it was important for me to be on the frontlines with my team. Ultimately, I want to work with every single person in this organization before I leave. That’s my goal.”

Maura, who has been with Boston MedFlight for nearly as long as Andy, explains that for many years her office was right across the hall from his. “I would often hear him on the phone,” she recalls. “Sometimes, things don’t go well for our patients. We don’t always get the positive outcome we try so hard to reach. There were times that I heard Andy speaking to the family members of a patient who didn’t survive. His depth of compassion is extraordinary. His ability to listen and speak to these family members with such empathy and kindness is a very special thing.”

When Andy isn’t working, he devotes himself to his wife and four children. He also makes time for fitness. “I’ll be 60 this year,” Andy says. “Mental and physical fitness work hand in hand. Running, strength training, Olympic weightlifting — I do a lot of conditioning and training, 5-6 times a week for 60-90 minutes.” Andy also volunteers for a group that provides yard and landscaping work for veterans, the disabled, the elderly, and single parents. In addition, he is a longtime consulting site surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), for which he reviews air and ground critical care transport systems across the US and internationally for clinical, safety, quality, and administrative standards.

“Andy is humble about the work he does,” says Maura. “When you praise him, he just says, ‘I’m part of the team.’ I think he has an appreciation for every person at Boston MedFlight. He sees the value of each and every employee and appreciates their commitment.”

Andy affirms Maura’s observation. “I’m proud to be part of this organization. We are the tip of the spear. We’ve always set the bar high, above the industry standard, and people look up to us. I enjoy being part of an organization that really puts the patient first.”

Whether on base or out on a call, Andy’s expertise and commitment are evident. Maura concludes: “If anything happened to me or a family member, and I looked up and saw Andy there, I’d be so happy to know it was him providing care. He’s the best among the best.”

“Andy is humble about the work he does,” says Maura. “When you praise him, he just says, ‘I’m part of the team.’ I think he has an appreciation for every person at Boston MedFlight. He sees the value of each and every employee and appreciates their commitment.”



Critical illness and injury are particularly challenging when the affected patient is a newborn baby. Across the region — including locations as far flung as Bangor, ME, New York City, Burlington, VT, and Nantucket — Boston MedFlight is a conduit between the region’s community hospital delivery suites and the high-level care necessary for our sickest, most vulnerable babies.


In 2022, we transported 631 neonates (infants in the first four weeks of life), comprising 10.2% of our total transports for the year. This percentage was a 14% increase over the previous year and is our highest number of newborn transports ever.

Providing critical care to severely sick newborns requires highly specialized training, experience, and equipment. “Most community hospitals don’t have neonatologists, and many don’t have pediatricians who routinely manage sick newborns,” explains Jason Cohen, DO, FACEP, FCCM, FAEMS, Chief Medical Officer for Boston MedFlight. “We provide that link, safely transporting neonates to the appropriate care facility.”


Boston MedFlight’s training program is unique. “We utilize a ‘generalist’ program wherein all of our clinical responders are trained, equipped, and educated on the unique care of the smallest patients, some of whom fit in the palm of your hand,” says Dr. Cohen. “’This ensures that all of our clinicians can provide the same highly specialized care, enabling us to be flexible, responsive, and available.”

With this breadth of expertise, we are always positioned to deploy a crew with the right skills and equipment, no matter what the patient needs. “We are one of the few programs in the world with this model, where all of our clinicians take care of patients across the full spectrum of ages and diagnoses,” says Michael Frakes, APRN, FCCM, FAEN, FACHE, Chief Quality Officer and Director of Clinical Care for Boston MedFlight. “This gives us a lot of depth in the system.”

Boston MedFlight is widely recognized for an unsurpassed training program and highfidelity training simulations. While most of our clinical training and education takes place at our Bedford headquarters and our other three bases, Boston MedFlight providers also train in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at Mass General and Brigham and Women’s alongside some of the world’s preeminent neonatologists. Adding to the strength of our generalist program, nearly half of our team holds an international specialty certification in pediatric and neonatal transport.


Dr. Michael Prendergast is the Neonatal Associate Medical Director for Boston MedFlight and attending neonatologist in the NICU at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. In addition to Dr. Prendergast’s invaluable clinical leadership and teaching acumen, we’re fortunate to have broad-based investment from other neonatology providers in the region. “Our close affiliations with some of the leading neonatologists in the region and the world are essential to our ongoing ability to provide exceptional care to critically ill newborns,” Michael Frakes says.

These relationships are also the mechanism for implementing clinical advancements. “One of the multiple things that make Boston MedFlight a unique and interesting place to work is that as an arm of the consortium hospitals, our care is driven by the hospitals’ clinical developments,” says Michael Frakes. “The academic centers in Boston are on the leading edge of medical care. As care advances in those hospitals, that gets pushed out to us. Neonatal cooling [therapeutic hypothermia for babies with a suspected brain injury] is a signature of that. The consortium hospitals started doing temperature management in their NICUs and it made sense for us to initiate therapeutic cooling during transport.”


In addition to training at consortium and affiliate NICUs, our transport program includes a weekly review of every newborn transport we perform. During these 360-degree reviews, we debrief with the sending and receiving providers to talk through all aspects of the case, from the patient’s initial presentation to the handoff at the receiving facility

In 2022, we transported 631 neonates (infants in the first four weeks of life), comprising 10.2% of our total transports for the year. This percentage was a 14% increase over the previous year and is our highest number of newborn transports ever.


to how the patient is doing. This process ensures that everyone is operating fluidly and transparently through every case, and that we are always looking for and taking advantage of opportunities to improve the care we deliver.


For the care and transport of critically ill newborns, Boston MedFlight has five isolettes in service — one at each base plus a spare — and we are currently building out a sixth isolette for our new jet (see p. 4). “The equipment we use in newborn transport is primarily contained within each isolette,” explains Michael Frakes. “Every time we go on a newborn transport, we have all the equipment to take care of the most complex critically ill newborn.”

Boston MedFlight’s equipment is a differentiator. “The quality of our operational equipment is second to none,” Michael Frakes says. “Our transport isolette is a proprietary build. We designed and built it ourselves. In addition to keeping babies well-secured and warm, the isolette is equipped for mechanical ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, and active cooling, and has five infusion pumps for IV medication, all contained on a single isolette frame.”


Effective early March 2023, Boston MedFlight is pleased to deliver point-of-care laboratory testing in all of our vehicles, for every transport. Boston MedFlight underwent the regulatory processes to become an accredited lab facility, which permits us to perform point-of-care testing (POCT) and allows us to obtain crucial information at a patient’s bedside or in transit, rather than waiting for blood to be processed at the sending hospital’s lab. POCT will improve care for all of our patients, including newborns, for whom we may be able to initiate or modify therapies sooner when appropriate.


The need for transporting critically ill newborns has increased significantly during recent years. Overall, our neonatal and pediatric volume has gone up over the course of the pandemic to become almost a third of our patient transports. In addition to transporting newborns severely sick with COVID-19 and those impacted by the severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) surge of autumn 2022, other factors have contributed to the increase in demand.

In New England, as is the case across the country, the decline of local access to pediatric inpatient care due to closures and consolidations that began more than a decade ago accelerated during the pandemic. With space and staffing limitations, critically ill infants and children need transport to tertiary neonatal and pediatric ICUs more often, and in some cases must be transported over longer distances than before. This trend is likely to increase in coming years, underscoring the need for Boston MedFlight to serve as the lifeline for these extremely vulnerable patients.


In 2018, our commitment to infants and children was recognized by the Association of Air Medical Services, which honored us with the Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence. This prestigious award, sponsored by Airborne Transport Incubator, a division of International Biomedical, honors an individual or team for an outstanding contribution to neonatal and pediatric transport in the areas of enhancing safety, education, leadership, and patient advocacy by developing or promoting the improvement of patient care in the medical transport community.



States transported from: 9 (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT)

Hospitals transported to or from: 146

Cities and towns transported from: 210

Pediatric and neonatal patients transported: 1,465

Total patients transported: 6,189

Hours flown by helicopter and fixed wing aircraft: 3,577

Hours of training provided for nurses and paramedics: 12,837

Ground ambulance miles driven: 280,350 miles

Amount spent on pilot and mechanic training: $349,736

Free and unreimbursed care provided: $7+ million

Annual operating budget: $52 million



In July 2022, Abby and Steve Perelman attended Boston MedFlight’s annual Nantucket event, a summer gathering of patients and donors designed to raise both awareness and funds in support of our lifesaving service to Nantucket. Steve, who had been transported by Boston MedFlight from Nantucket to Boston during a cardiac episode on Labor Day weekend in 2021, was glad to enjoy a beautiful Saturday summer evening chatting with friends, acquaintances, and fellow Boston MedFlight patients. Four days later, Steve would find himself in need of another Boston MedFlight helicopter — and just hours later, Abby would need her own Boston MedFlight transport.


Steve has been going to Nantucket Island his entire life, and the Perelmans have been five-month seasonal residents since their retirement 15 years ago. Prior to Steve’s 2021 medical transport, the couple knew little about Boston MedFlight specifically, but like many islanders along our flight path, were accustomed to hearing helicopters pass overhead and knew the purpose was medical transport from Nantucket Cottage Hospital to tertiary care centers in Boston. “We have a great little hospital on Nantucket,” says Steve. “They are very good at what they do, and they know what they can’t do.”

Steve speaks from experience. “The Wednesday night after the Boston MedFlight fundraiser, I’m at an event and my ICD [implantable cardioverter defibrillator] goes off — it jolts me. I had been told to call 911 if that ever happened, so I did.” An ambulance took Steve to Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Abby arrived at his bedside soon after. Steve was stable, but he needed another Boston MedFlight transport to Boston Medical Center. Heavy, dense foggy conditions, however, made helicopter flight impossible. He would have to wait. Knowing that Steve wouldn’t be transported that night, eventually Abby went home to get some sleep, planning to take a morning ferry to Hyannis.

But that didn’t happen. During the night, Abby got up and didn’t feel well. Something was wrong. She drove herself to back to the hospital. “They did an EKG, and it was fine,” Abby says. “Then they tested my blood for cardiac enzymes. They came back and told me I’d had a heart attack.” While Abby knew she didn’t feel well, she couldn’t believe she’d had a heart attack. “‘Not me,’ I said. I refused to believe it.” Regardless, Abby would need transport to Boston for diagnostic tests and evaluation by a cardiologist. Meanwhile, the heavy fog persisted. Helicopters were still unable to fly, which meant that Steve was still waiting in his ER room. Abby was anxious for him to know that she was back at the hospital, and that now she was a patient, too.

“When they think you’ve had a heart attack, they won’t let you move,” Abby explains. “But finally, they got me into a wheelchair. Steve didn’t even know I was there, and then I appear in his doorway, in the wheelchair, in a johnny, all these IVs all over the place. He looks at me like he’s lost his mind. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing.”

Steve and Abby were moved into an ER room they could share. When the fog lifted many hours later, Boston MedFlight was able to transport Steve to Boston Medical Center and then return to transport Abby to Brigham and Women’s.



Initially, a cardiologist told Abby there was an 80% chance she would need a coronary stent. Again, Abby refused to believe the cardiac assessment. She was fit, she ate well, and she was in good health. Surely, diagnostic testing would prove her instincts were correct.

And they were. A cardiac catheterization revealed Abby’s heart to be healthy. She was diagnosed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome, a condition wherein the heart’s main pumping chamber muscle suddenly weakens in response to intense emotional or physical stress. The condition is generally temporary.

After five days at Brigham and Women’s, Abby was discharged. Two days later, Steve was discharged from Boston Medical Center.


Steve underscores what Boston MedFlight means to him and the island community. “For people who live on Nantucket, Boston MedFlight is so important,” he says. “Before my first transport, we didn’t know that Boston MedFlight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Everyone needs to know that. We can’t forget that there are Nantucket patients who are uninsured and under-insured. Those people on Nantucket will need care. There has to be money in the pot, and those of us who can afford to be on Nantucket, and can afford private insurance, need to support that.”

Abby concurs. “It can happen to anybody,” she says. “Clearly, as you age, the likelihood of needing Boston MedFlight increases. But people on Nantucket can’t make the mistake of thinking they are bulletproof. You just never know. Things like this happen to anyone. God forbid something happen to my kids or my grandkids. At this point in my life, I would be petrified to spend time on Nantucket without knowing we have Boston MedFlight.”

In June 2023, Abby and Steve will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. More than anything, they’re looking forward to enjoying a Nantucket summer without needing medical transport. “As much as we love Boston MedFlight,” Abby says, “we hope we don’t need to see them again.”

Abby concurs. “It can happen to anybody,” she says. “Clearly, as you age, the likelihood of needing Boston MedFlight increases. But people on Nantucket can’t make the mistake of thinking they are bulletproof. You just never know. Things like this happen to anyone. God forbid something happen to my kids or my grandkids. At this point in my life, I would be petrified to spend time on Nantucket without knowing we have Boston MedFlight.”



George Frongillo, 72, is a heavy sleeper who rarely awakens during the night. So when he woke up in the wee hours on March 8, 2022, he didn’t know why. Something was off. He sat up in bed. His wife Kathy asked if he was okay. “No,” George said. “I feel funny.” He wasn’t in pain or discomfort. But when Kathy asked if he wanted to go to the hospital, George said yes. With a history of significant cardiac issues, playing it safe seemed like a good idea.

George got up, dressed, and called 911. Knowing the nearest fire station was just 5 minutes away, he made his way to the garage. As he turned on the lights and opened the garage door, the ambulance was backing into the driveway. George greeted the EMTs and gave them his emergency medical information card, which noted his medications and cardiac history. When Kathy came out to the garage and saw her husband leaning casually against a car, talking to the EMTs, she was not amused. “Would you please get into the ambulance?” Kathy asked, inserting a colorfully commanding adjective.

The EMTs loaded George into the ambulance and headed for Cape Cod Hospital. “I talked the whole way there,” George says. “I told them they couldn’t let me die because I hadn’t bought Kathy an anniversary present yet, and our anniversary was the following day.”

When Kathy arrived at the hospital, a nurse told her George was in good spirits. “Your husband is a riot,” the nurse said, adding that she’d be back in a few minutes to take Kathy to George’s room.

Kathy was relieved. She wondered if George should even be at the hospital. She had experienced George’s prior cardiac events, and this wasn’t anything like those past experiences. In 2001, George had lost 40% of his cardiac function after a massive heart attack — and it hadn’t been subtle. Fifteen years later, he was days away from a scheduled implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion when he suffered sudden cardiac death. Despite his heart stopping for 7 to 10 minutes and spending 10 days on life support, George suffered no lasting neurological deficits.

Ultimately George had had the ICD insertion and since then had been healthy, living life to its fullest: playing golf, freshwater fishing, walking the dogs, working in the yard, entertaining, and enjoying time with family and friends. Kathy had confidence


in the ICD. She’d seen it work firsthand when George had had an arrhythmia on the golf course. Looking back now, Kathy says, “I think I had a false sense of security. I thought that if anything happened, the ICD would take care of it.”

If Kathy had a false sense of security, it was about to run out. Before the nurse could return to escort Kathy to George’s room, his heart stopped beating.


George went into severe cardiac arrest. He “coded” six times and his condition deteriorated quickly. Kathy was taken to the family counseling room to discuss George’s care options. “It’s never good when they bring you to that room, so I knew it was bad,” Kathy recalls. “George was already at the very top of the meds they could give him. The doctors said they needed to get him to Boston immediately. It was the only option.”

A Boston MedFlight crew arrived. “When we got to the bedside, it was clear that George was very, very sick,” remembers Kevin Kilduff, Boston MedFlight paramedic. “To transport George from Cape Cod Hospital to Mass General, we needed to get him into a ground ambulance, drive to the Hyannis airport, load him into the helicopter, and fly him to Boston — all of this on a cold, very windy day, with a patient who is critically ill. There was a good chance he wouldn’t survive the transport. It was important to me that Kathy fully understand the situation, and that I fully understand Kathy’s wishes. We stood outside George’s room and I asked her what course of action would be in George’s best interests. It was an emotional conversation. A day like that is the worst possible day in anyone’s life. It’s important that the family, the spouse, has agency in that moment.”

Kathy was touched by Kevin’s caring professionalism. “Kevin was amazing,” she says. “I knew I could trust him. He told me the wind was going to make for a tough flight, but that the pilot was one of the best.” Kevin took Kathy’s cell number and said he would call her after they arrived at Mass General. One of George and Kathy’s daughters had arrived; she and Kathy got into the car and headed to Boston.


The clinical management during George’s transport went well, but the transport itself was complicated. “The plan was to land at Mass General, which has a rooftop helipad,” says Kevin. “We tried twice, but the winds were too high. We had to divert to Boston Medical Center, where they have a ground-level helipad and wind is not a factor. Then we got George into another ground ambulance and drove through the city to get to Mass General.” George had survived the transport and could now receive the lifesaving treatment he desperately needed. En route to Boston, Kathy received a call from Kevin, as promised. “Kevin was so kind,” Kathy says. “He said the whole team had been waiting for George at Mass General, that he was in excellent hands, and that he was okay. It meant so much to me. We must have been on the phone for three or four minutes. I can’t thank him enough for that kindness.” Kathy and her daughter waited at Mass General. Other family members began to arrive. The whole family was allowed in to see George. “I’m not an alarmist,” says Kathy, “I have a lot of faith. But honestly, in my heart, I did not think he was going to make it. We were taken to another one of those family rooms where they give you bad news. George was at death’s door. He was gray. He was one of the sickest people in the hospital. At one point we counted 24 IV lines. It did not look promising.”

And yet, Kathy knew her husband’s spirit. “I would defy you to meet anyone who has as much of a zest for life as George,” Kathy says. After undergoing numerous procedures George stabilized, even when it seemed he was defying the odds. “If you just looked at the numbers, he shouldn’t be here. Doctors often said that George looked much better in person than on paper,” she says. After a total of 35 days at Mass General, George was discharged. He returned home to an enthusiastic support network of family, friends, and fellow members of Mended Hearts.

“When we got to the bedside, it was clear that George was very, very sick,” remembers Kevin Kilduff, Boston MedFlight paramedic. “To transport George from Cape Cod Hospital to Mass General, we needed to get him into a ground ambulance, drive to the Hyannis airport, load him into the helicopter, and fly him to Boston — all of this on a cold, very windy day, with a patient who is critically ill.”


George is filled with gratitude. “Boston MedFlight saved my life,” he says. “I’m so impressed with their skill, their kindness and compassion. It’s not just a business — it’s their passion. It’s what this organization does day in and day out. They are amazing!”


During George’s previous recovery, when he was at Cape Cod Hospital recovering from his 2016 cardiac arrest, Kathy was visited by a volunteer from Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization that provides heart patients and their families with peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy. Kathy saved the Mended Hearts brochure, not knowing the organization would later become significant to George.

In 2017, after physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, George was doing well physically. His recovery had been remarkable, and he continuously surprised doctors by seeming so much healthier than his chart would indicate. But psychologically, he was struggling. “I couldn’t understand why God would spare a 68-year-old man while children die every day,” says George. “I couldn’t get my head wrapped around that. It was survivors’ guilt.” George found a counselor and focused on healing the intangible parts of his heart. “After spending a long time trying to answer the question ‘why?’ my counselor said to me: ‘You can search for the answer for the rest of your life, or you can go live your life.’ That really hit home,” George recalls.

George also joined the local chapter of Mended Hearts. He began working closely with Cape Cod Hospital as the Mended Hearts visitation coordinator and spent time providing peer support. George knows that his odds-defying recovery is an inspiration to patients. “If you’ve been in the hospital with a cardiac condition and you can talk to someone who has been through it and you can see them as a vibrant, physically able person who lives with this condition and enjoys life, that can give hope and motivation to a cardiac patient.”

Last summer, George was elected president of the Cape Cod chapter of Mended Hearts. He has built a new board and is working to reinvigorate the chapter, which suffered during the pandemic years when volunteers were unable to access the hospital for meetings and peer support. Today, the chapter is still growing and serves a multitude of cardiac patients and their families. George emphasizes the importance of supporting family members: “Ninetyeight percent of the time, the caregiver is a spouse,” says George. “Caregivers are keen, attentive participants. You listen to their concerns, what they’re afraid of, what the patient is afraid of. I can speak to those issues as a guy who was there.”


A few months after George’s recovery, he and Kathy had the opportunity to speak with Kevin by phone. “We talked to him for 20 minutes,” Kathy recalls. “When we got off the phone, George said ‘You’re right, he’s impressive.’ It meant a lot for us to have that call.” Kevin remembers that phone call as well. “It was great to have a chance to talk to George and Kathy. We don’t often get the opportunity to speak to patients like that. I had never spoken to George, of course, so it was pretty amazing to hear his voice, hear how full of life this man is. Knowing that he is a husband and a father and a grandfather. If I needed a reminder that what we do matters, it doesn’t get better than that. Honestly, it’s a privilege, that we get to take care of sick people. It’s an amazing responsibility. To be able to help give this family more time together — even if it had only been a single day more, it would have been worth it. And look at the outcome.”


Today, George is energetic and gregarious, once again busy with the many things he loves doing. As George and Kathy’s 38th wedding anniversary approaches, so too does the anniversary of last year’s cardiac event. Reflecting on the enormity of what happened, emotion rises to the surface. George is filled with gratitude. “Boston MedFlight saved my life,” he says. “I’m so impressed with their skill, their kindness and compassion. It’s not just a business — it’s their passion. It’s what this organization does day in and day out. They are amazing!”



On May 5, 2022, following two postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were finally able to gather to celebrate Boston MedFlight’s 35th anniversary since our founding in 1985. “35+1” became simply “35+” as the event was moved and we entered our 37th year. But the wait was worth it, as current and former staff and trustees, industry partners, friends, and former patients came together for an evening of reflection and celebration of what we have achieved, as well as enthusiasm for the future of the organization.

The setting for the gathering was Boston MedFlight’s 20,000-square-foot primary aircraft hangar located at our Bedford, MA, headquarters, where the podium was flanked by a helicopter and a ground ambulance that guests were able to explore. Many guests took the opportunity to tour the larger facility, including the medical Simulation Lab we use for clinical training, and the Communications Center where every transport request is received and every mission planned and tracked. Attendees were impressed and gained a better understanding of our program.


WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill, who has covered Boston MedFlight in her broadcasts on numerous occasions, served as the event’s emcee. Kate spoke from the perspective of a local resident who is grateful to know that the Boston MedFlight team is nearby and ready to respond if a family member, neighbor, or colleague were to face a serious medical emergency requiring critical care transport. Through her coverage as a newscaster, she has come to know the organization well and appreciates our high standards for clinical and operational excellence.

Dr. Alasdair Conn, Boston MedFlight’s founding CEO and Medical Director, was honored for his more than 37 years of service to our organization. Current CEO Maura Hughes spoke of Dr. Conn’s unfailing dedication to Boston MedFlight and our patients, beginning with the initial planning that ultimately led to our founding and first patient transport in 1985, and through more than three decades on the Board of Trustees. In his remarks, Dr. Conn applauded the men and women of Boston MedFlight who have always exhibited not only expertise in their field, but deep compassion for our patients and their families. He also honored his late wife, Dr. Suzanne Wedel, who succeed him as CEO and Medical Director and led the organization for 27 years, until her untimely passing from ovarian cancer in 2016. As an organization, we were pleased to have the opportunity to honor and thank Dr. Conn for his extraordinary service to Boston MedFlight and our lifesaving mission.


We are so grateful to the staff, guests, and sponsors who made the evening so special and who came together to celebrate Boston MedFlight’s past, present, and future.



Each year, Boston MedFlight transports approximately 400 critically ill and injured patients from Nantucket Island and provides $1 million in free and unreimbursed care to Nantucket patients who have little or no insurance. To support our critical service to the island, in July 2022 the Boston MedFlight team was fortunate to be hosted once again by Jill and Steve Karp, Kyle and Doug Karp, and their close friend Dr. David Nathan for our annual summer reception on Nantucket. The beautiful White Elephant Hotel served as the venue for guests who came together to learn more about Boston MedFlight’s extensive service to the island community and to raise philanthropic support for our nonprofit mission.

Many in attendance were longtime friends and supporters of Boston MedFlight, while other guests were learning about our work for the first time. For those who are unfamiliar with Boston MedFlight’s story, it is eye-opening to learn about the types of cases our teams manage, the breadth of our clinical expertise, the size and capability of our vehicle fleet, and the sheer number of patients we transport from Nantucket: an average of more than one per day every day of the year, and as many as five or more per day in the summer. Even among Nantucketers who are familiar with Boston MedFlight, many are unaware that Boston MedFlight is in fact a nonprofit organization.

Following welcome remarks from host Steve Karp, Jeanette Ives-Erickson, the interim CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, spoke of Boston MedFlight’s vital role in the health and safety of the Nantucket community, and the effective partnership the two organizations have enjoyed for 37 years. Then longtime supporter Paul Gray came to the podium with his adult children, Michael and Leighton, both of whom were Boston MedFlight patients as children. It was powerful to hear from the Gray family how Boston MedFlight positively impacted them by saving Michael’s life when he suffered an epidural hematoma after a fall on Nantucket at age 12 and by transporting Leighton to Boston from Colorado after a skiing accident when she was 8.

Jen Wheeler, critical care paramedic, and Michael Gittleson, critical care nurse, shared their perspectives on serving as clinicians and regularly caring for patients in need from Nantucket. As both grew up in the region and spent time on Nantucket and Cape Cod during their childhoods, they shared that serving the Nantucket community has special meaning for them, and it was both interesting and heartening to hear from Jen and Michael about what inspires them to work at Boston MedFlight.

We are so grateful to our hosts, the event committee, and all of the attendees and donors who made the event a success.

2022 Hosts

Steve and Jill Karp

Doug and Kyle Karp

Dr. David Nathan

2022 Committee Members

Bud and Ginny Carrey

Bill and Lois Druckemiller

Aristides and Elizabeth Georgantas

Paul Gray

Jim and Maureen Hackett

Charlie and Emmy Kilvert

Mark and Elisabeth Massey

Ben and Linda McGrath

Richard and Ronay Menschel

Herb and Miriam Mittenthal

Steve and DeeDee Renehan

Bob and Laura Reynolds

Lois Shapiro

Scott Ulm and Pamela Wilton Ulm

Tom and Anne Weinstock



On August 19, 2022, 133 golfers took part in the 8th Annual Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble at Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton, MA. The event raised $107,468 in support of Boston MedFlight, helping us to continue to deliver exceptional critical care transport to patients in need.

Participants included former patients of Boston MedFlight, staff, donors, partners, sponsors, and friends of the organization, all having fun while supporting Boston MedFlight and our lifesaving mission. Sunny skies and great camaraderie made for a fun day with a purpose. We are grateful to everyone who made the event a tremendous success: players, our generous sponsors, and Boston MedFlight staff. Their involvement, enthusiasm, and support made the day memorably enjoyable.

The 9th Annual Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble is scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2023, at Brookmeadow Country Club.



Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Alera Group

Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company

Arbella Insurance Foundation

Armstrong Ambulance

AssuredPartners Aerospace

Aviation Specialties Unlimited

Bank of America

Battery Global Advisors / John O’Connor

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Blueberry Aviation

BlueWater Health

Boston Freightliner

Boston Medical Center

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Cataldo Ambulance

CIP Group

Columbia Construction Company

Commercial Construction Consulting (C3)

Complete Flight

Controlled Substance Security Consultants

Copter Safety

Coverys Community HealthCare Foundation

Curtis Strategy

Digital AirWare

Dowling Insurance

Duncan Aviation

Empower Retirement

Fitch & Associates LLC


Focus Technology Solutions

Global Aerospace

Grimes and Company

Hamilton Medical

Husch Blackwell LLP

Image Trend

Industrial Communications & Electronics

Jackson Lewis PC

Jet Aviation

Jet Logistics Inc.

JSSI Management Enterprises Inc.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Massachusetts Business Aviation Association

Massachusetts Port Authority

McArdle, Gannon Associates


Metro Aviation

New Era Technology

One Call Medical Transports

Pierce Atwood LLP

Point32 Health


QBE North America Aviation

Reliance Standard Life Insurance

Risk Strategies

Ross Aviation Safety Insurance

Safran Helicopter Engines


Security Management Partners

Signature Flight Support

Spectrum Aeromed

Spinal Technology Inc.

Starr Aviation

Taylor & Lloyd


Trinity Ambulance

Tufts Medical Center

UDA Architects


Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.

Village Green Nurseries

XL Catlin



Boston MedFlight gratefully accepts charitable gifts made by check, credit card, appreciated securities, and bequests, as well as in-kind gifts. All gifts to Boston MedFlight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax deductible.


Checks may be mailed to our headquarters at Boston MedFlight, 150 Hanscom Drive, Bedford, MA 01730.


Donors can make a secure gift online with a credit card at our website. Go to www. bostonmedflight.org and click on “Donate.” Donors may also call the Development Office at 781-457-5346 to make a credit card gift by phone.


Donors interested in making a gift of stock or other appreciated securities can receive transfer instructions by contacting the Development Office at 781-457-5346 or giving@bostonmedflight.org.


A bequest is a gift made through a will or trust. This gift may take the form of a specific dollar amount, a percentage of one’s estate, or be a portion of or the entire residual of one’s estate after other specific bequests have been determined. Donors who already have a will may add Boston MedFlight as a beneficiary via a codicil. In addition to a will or trust, donors can complete a beneficiary designation form with their financial institution to name Boston MedFlight as a beneficiary of any of these accounts: IRAs, life insurance policies, or donor-advised funds. Donors who provide support for Boston MedFlight in their wills, trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts are recognized as members of the Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel Legacy Society (see inside back cover for more information).


Boston MedFlight seeks leadership capital gifts for major investments in medical and aviation equipment and technology. Additionally, naming opportunities are still available in our new headquarters and center of operations at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA. To learn more or discuss naming opportunities and your own support, please contact Tom Hudner, Chief Development Officer, at tom.hudner@bostonmedflight.org or 781-457-5316.


Many employers match employee contributions, which can often double or even triple a donor’s gift! Check with your company’s human resources or payroll department to see if a matching gift program is available.


Gifts to Boston MedFlight can be made in honor or memory of an individual or group. If the donor wishes, we will inform the person, family, or group of the donor’s thoughtful gesture (the gift amount is kept confidential).


An easy, cashless, and tax-friendly way to make a donation is with an in-kind gift. Popular examples are sports tickets and memorabilia, a week at a ski or beach condo, or professional services. Such gifts can be included as auction items or prizes at Boston MedFlight fundraising events, helping us to raise vital financial support. Donors of in-kind gifts receive a receipt for tax purposes verifying the donation.

Our legal name is: New England Life Flight Inc. dba Boston MedFlight Tax ID number: 22-2582060



$20,000 and Above

Airbus Helicopters Inc.*

Marlene Benson

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Richard and Ronay Menschel*

Charina Endowment Fund*

Commercial Construction Consulting Inc.*

Aristides and Elizabeth Georgantas

Humane Society of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Stephen and Jill Karp*

Karp Family Foundation*

The Kohlberg Foundation*

G. Barrie Landry, Kimberly

GwinnLandry, and Jennifer Landry Le

Landry Family Foundation

Alan and Lynn Retik

Robert and Laura Reynolds

Eileen Nee

Shea Family Foundation

Tupancy-Harris Foundation*

$10,000 - $19,999

Howard and Leslie Appleby

Arbella Insurance Foundation*

Stuart and Susan Bell*

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Medical Center

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Columbia Construction Company*

Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation*

Nancy Berube*

Stephen and Alice Cutler Family Foundation*

Jose Goncalves De Mendonca

Dowling Insurance Agency*

Louis and Robin Gerstner*

The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Fund*

James and Maureen Hackett

Hackett Family Foundation

Tony Hatoun and Andrea Levitt*

Nicole and Phil Haughey

Husch Blackwell LLP

Ian and Christine MacTaggart

Massachusetts General Hospital ProEMS*

Tufts Medical Center

$5,000 to $9,999

Alera Group*

Armstrong Ambulance Services*

Charina Foundation*

Kelly Dance

David and Vickie Smick

David and Vickie Smick Foundation

Patti Deuster

Joseph and Marie Field*

Catherine Holmes

Julian and Kerry Joffe

Charles and Ann Johnson*

Liberty Mutual Insurance

David and Diane Lilly/Peravid Foundation

Dan and Adrienne Lufkin

The Lufkin Family Foundation Trust

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

Mark and Elisabeth Massey

Herbert and Miriam Mittenthal*

Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Nantucket Golf Club Foundation

Point32 Health

Ann Prestipino*

Safran Helicopter Engines USA, Inc.*

Scott Ulm and Pamela Wilton*

Ulm Charitable Fund*

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)*

Jay and Kristin Waring

Tom and Anne Weinstock*

Mary and John West, MD*

$1,000 - $4,999

Skip and Lulu Ahneman

Merrick and Linny Andlinger*


Joel and Pamela Aronson

Herbert Ashley

AssuredPartners Aerospace*

Bruce and Elyse Balder

The donors listed below made outright gifts to Boston MedFlight during our 2022 fiscal year (October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022).

Boston MedFlight does its best to ensure the accuracy of this list. If you identify an error or omission we sincerely apologize and ask that you please contact Janet Alman at janet.alman@bostonmedflight.org. Thank you.

Bank of America

Brien Barnewolt, MD*

Kenneth Bartels and Jane Condon*

The Gary A. and Carole P. Beller Family Fund*

Benevity Community Impact Fund*

Jody and Brian Berger

Peter and Kay Bernon

BlueWater Health

Susan Boccuzzo

Jeanine Borthwick

Gloria Jarecki*

The Brightwater Fund*

Daniel Brownell and Laurel Kelley

William and Laura Buck*

James and Laura Cafferty

Charles Cain

Cambridge Health Alliance

Thomas and Tia Capobianco

Bud and Ginny Carrey*

Cataldo Ambulance Service*

Peter and Sharron Chalke*

Richard and Sally Charpie*

CIP Group*

Eugene and Meredith Clapp

Donald and Susan Clark

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Alasdair Conn, MD*

Timothy and Debra Connors

Amanda Cross*

Dedham Savings

Digital Airware

Paul Dowling*

Paul R. Dowling 2013 Revocable Trust*

Bob and Elizabeth Dowling*

Lois and William Druckemiller, MD

Essex Aviation

Adoracion Estanislao, MD

Gregor and Mary Ferguson

Fitch and Associates, LLC

James Flaws and Marcia Weber

Focus Technology Solutions*

Martha Frigoletto

Kenneth and Claudia Gentner*

Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.*

Nan Geschke

Richard Glidden

Glidden and Brescher, PC

Paul Gray*

Timothy and Carolyn Grimes*

Mimi and Peter Haas Fund

Dr. and Mrs. C. Hardy Oliver

John and Susan Harris

Lucile Hays*

Charles Hinnant

Peter and Ann Holmes

Maura and Scott Hughes*

Jeanette Ives-Erickson

Gabrielle Jacobson

Jet Aviation

Russell and Lisa Johnson

The Judy Family Foundation

Thomas and Leslie Killian

Monica Kleinman, MD*

Priscilla Lentowski

Cathleen and Timothy Lepore, MD*

Robert and Diane Levy

John and Jane Loose

Neal and Nancy O’Brien

Love Is Magic Foundation Inc.

Scott and Karen Martin

Charles and Patricia McGill

Heather McGowan

Ben and Linda McGrath

Tish McMullin*

Elizabeth Von Summer and John Moller

Elizabeth and John Moller Foundation

Hans and Andrea Norkus

Philip Snyder Foundation

P Christopher Podgurski*

James and Kathleen Poole

Ali Raja, MD

Steve and DeeDee Renehan*

Michael Rhodes

Sylvia Richards-Gerngross

David and Ellen Ross

Emily Scott

Randee Seiger*

James Sexton

*= Five-year consecutive donors 27

Christopher Shannon*

Shaver Family Foundation

Paul and Rachel Sheridan

Rick and Janet Sherlund

Siasconset Union Chapel*

Signature Flight Support*

Stanford and Leslie Smith

Specialty Vehicles

Spectrum Aeromed

Spinal Technology Inc.

Starr Insurance Companies

William Steele and Chris Drake

Jack and Debbie Tatelman

Trinity Emergency Medical Service

Donald and Deborah VanDyke*

Michael Molliver*

Village Green Nurseries*

Donald and Phyllis Visco*

Bruce Warwick

Maryann Wasik

Corvin Weddle

Scott and Susan Whitlock*

Ann Houston Wiedie and Keith Hartt

Jeffrey Wisch, MD and Cynthia Crofts-Wisch*

$500 - $999


Stephen and Marcia Anderson


Anthony and Maureen Barila

David and Beverly Barlow

Lucinda Barrett

Stephen Bernier

Wilfred and Paula Bernier

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Boston Freightliner, Inc.

Everett and Judy Bramhall

Karen Brooks*

Ann R. Burt

Stephen and Karla Butler

Courtney Cannon Oremus

Pamela Van Hoven Clark

Philip Coghlan

Deborah Comeau and Thomas Dalton*

Complete Flight

Jeanne Connor-Osborne

Controlled Substance Security Consultants, Inc.*

Bryan Coyne

Christina Craighead*

Curtis Strategy*

Robert and Rachel Daly

William and Susan Devin*

LJ Dipietro

Barbara Duffy*

Stephen and Suzan Duggan

Duncan Aviation

Sarah Rae Easter

Robert and Marsha Egan*

John Elstermeyer

First Congregational Church

Denis Gazaille

Global Aerospace

Geoffrey Goldschein

Joseph and Maria Grause*

Grimes and Company, Inc.*

Philip and Joan Gulley*

Peter Harris

Peter Healy

Dan Hogan

William and Louise Hourihan

Jonathan Brown

J. Brown Builders*

Jackson Lewis P.C.

George Kaplan*

Adam Kaye

David and Barbara Kaytes

Carol Kindler*

Kenneth and Linda Kinsley

David Kroin

William and Jacqueline Kupper*

David Lamoureux*

Karyn Lindsay

Philip and Andi Lodico

Kevin Longfellow

John T. Ludes, Trustee

Ludes Family Foundation

Harris MacNeill

Katie Malone

Susan Martin

Massachusetts Business Aviation Association

Massachusetts Port Authority

Todd and Julie McDonald

Nicholas and Polly Miller*

Fred Millham, MD

Nathaniel Murray

Beth Myers*

Network For Good*

New England Donor Services

New Era Technology

Edwin Newhall Woods*

Julianne Noble

David and Sharon Northrup*

Scott and Eileen Oakford

William and Marjorie O’Callaghan*

Gerry O’Connell

Kate O’Halloran

Bob Pascucci

Steven and Abby Perelman

Judith B. Phelan and Richard S. Phelan Family Foundation, Inc.*

Lee and Lynne Pickard

Dennis and Maureen Power*

Quality In Flow, Inc.

Edmund and Leigh Ramos


Reliance Standard

Diana Richardson

CJ Rivard

Robert Lloyd Corkin Charitable Foundation*

Michael Rosenblatt, MD and Patricia Roberts*

Ali Salim, MD

Patricia Sherman

Ronald Simpkins

Julia Sinclair*

Edward and Barbara Soderlund

Stat Packs

Glenn Svenningsen*

Mark and Geraldine Tarini

David Theriault

Diane Tonelli

Alison Townsend

Union Lodge F. & A.M.

Carlene Veara

Gilbert Verney Foundation

Janis Wentzell

A Storage Solution

Jay† and Lois Wertheimer

Earl Winthrop

Steven and Ann Yanez


- $499

Scott and Pamela Aldsworth

Susan Alves


Russell Arena

ASU Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc.

Anne Bailliere

Howard and Lenora Bardsley III*

John and Carole Bartholdson

Alastair Bell, MD*

Michael Bell, MD

Robert Blaisdell

The Boston Foundation

David and Dana Boyce

Meryl and Michael Bralower, MD

Clinton Bridges

Norma Bridwell

T. Kimball Brooker Foundation

Barbara Buckley

Russell and Gerri Carney*

Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan*

Marion Cavicchi*

Amy and Adam Cerel, MD

Charles Cook, MD*

Manuel Couto

Charles and Kathryn Cruice

Kevin and Patricia Cummings

William Cyr

Patricia Defreitas*

Nicolas DiCiaccio and Marguerite Shepard-DiCiaccio

Chelmsford Fireplace Center

Ronald Dunlap, MD

Patricia Dwyer

Morton and Beverly Fearey*

Dr. Margo Cox and Dr. Robert F. Gagel*

John and Katherine Garran

Jeri and Elliot Goldberg, DDS

Margaret Gould

Catie and Brian Graham

Robert Grant

Jonathan Green

David and Audrey Hatch*

Sarah Hindle*

James Ikard

Paul Joyal

Gerry and Patty Keneally

Nathanael and Caty Kessler

Bill Koutrobis*

Steven and Jane Kunzman

Andrew Levine*

Jean Levins*

Justin Lewis

Saadia Lewis

John and Judith Lochtefeld

Thomas Loring*

Jim and Tricia Lowe

*= Five-year consecutive donors 28

Mark Luthringshauser

Lowell Lyon

Jason Malinowski

Joseph Marcklinger*

Allison Mayer

Bruce and Denise McBrearty

Chris and Carla McCall

James and Dana McCarthy

Kathleen McClure

Leslie Middleton

Mary Millard

Marianne Moscicki

Laurie Newhouse

Guy Nuki

One Call Medical Transports

Quality Carton and Converting

Michael and Janet Rogers

Mark Rubenstein*

Stephanie Ryan

Thalia Scanlan*

Bruce Schaffner and Suzanne Angeley

Mark Shaffar and

Mijke Roggeveen

Lois Shapiro*

Brent Shaw

Gregory and Donna Silva

Frederick and Elizabeth Singer

John Sjovall

Patrick Stansky

Kathryn Stewart

Howard Stovall*

Teresa Strangie

Michael Sullivan

James Taricani and Laurie White

William Tollefsen

Peter True

Peter and Virginia Tulloch

UDA Architects*

Steven and Elizabeth Veit

Peter Vorvis*

Delores Wedel*

Dennis Wells

Richard Wester

Mary Jane Wilson

Richard and Mamella Wontka

Up to $249

Cristina Ajemian*

Denise Albano

Jane Andrews

Karen Andrews Anonymous

John and Elizabeth Arakelian

Louise Areano

Peter Arnoff

Polly Arnoff

Ronald Arruda*

Kathy and Joseph Arvay, DMD

Alan Atwood

Vincent Baldasaro

Lisa Baldwin-Bateman

Ronald and Eileen Balfour*

Sheila Ball

Michelle Balzarini*

Dena Barisano

Carol Barrett*

Robert and Tracy Barton

William and Beverly Barton

Edith Barzelay*

George and Sharon Bassett*

Normand Bastarache*

Frank Batista*

Richard Baxter

Sandra Beauvais

Patricia Behen

John and Judith Belash

Marcelle Ben David*

Marcia Bennet

Robert Benoit

Leona Berglund

Sally and Nate Berkowitz*

Margaret Bernard

Gar Bernas

Curtis and Francine Bevis

Joan Binford

Gerald Biondi

Janet Birch*

David and Jeanne Blackstone

Julian Blandon Becerra

Nancy Blasdell

Thomas Bohn

Edward Bolle

David and Karen Bopp

Joseph and Florence Borrelli

George and Naomi Botelho*

Susanne Bottiggi

Kevin and Velma Bousquet

Gary and Monique Bowen

Bonnie Bower

Sarah Bowers

Meredith Braithwaite

Richard and Janet Brannigan

James and Alice Breed

Karen Bressler

Bright Funds

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Marilyn Bromley

David Brous

Pamela Brown

Richard Brown

Shelley Brown*

Kristin Buck


David Bullock

Janet Bumpus

Agnes Burke*

Beverly Burke

Bridget Burke

Walter and Gail Burke

Michael Bussell*

Mallory Calamare

Gary Calderwood

Madelyn Canniff*

Benjamin and Sallie Cannon

William and Phyllis Canon

Canton Firefighters Association*

Anastasia Caras

Maria Carey

Kara Carlson

Rosanne Carney*

George Carroll

Irene Carroll*

Albert Carvelli

Laura-Anne Catlin

Carmine Cerone

Norman Chaleki

Patricia and Robert Chamberlain

Diane Chapin

Matthew Chardavoyne

Neal and Nancy Chisholm*

Vincent Cisternino

Nancy Clay

Howard Cohen, DMD

Evelyn Comeau

Kristina Conaway

Raymond and Susan Conlon

Robert Connelly

Susan Connelly

Donald and Doreen Conners

Lisa Conners-Wright

Corrine Cook

Shelby Cook-Dias

William Coppinger

David and Sharon Cores*

Matthew Corless

Stephen Costa*

Chris Cothran

James Crabtree*

Mary Cristiano*

Judith Crofts

Jacquelyn Crones*

Bill Cronin

Sharon Cross

Mark Culkin

Mary Cullen

Jean Cummings

John and Anne Cummings

Amy Curtis

Theresa Curtis*

Sherrie Cutler*

Jill D’Abrosca

Jane Daisy

Juliana Dauphinee

Bert and Toby Davidson

Gerard Davis

William and Jacquelyn Dawson*

Dolores Dean

Kathleen Deery

Michael Defazio

Edward DeFusco

Erin DeGiacomo

Robert and Minna Dellapi

Anna Delmonte

Ermio Deluca*

Brian and Diane Denton*

Donna Desmond

Arthur Desrocher*

Robert Dias*

George Dillon

David Dinneen

Richard and Linda D’Innocenzo*

John and Susan Doelp

Dennis Doherty

Kevin Doherty

Kristina Donnellan

Donald and Tina Dorchester

Gerald and Harise Dorfman

Andrew Downey

James Doyle

Robert Doyle

Meighan Driscoll

Mary Druan

Dawn Dugan

Trudy DuJardin

Katelyn Dunlay

Meaghan Dunn

Meredith Dunn*

James and Patricia Durbin

Paula Durkee

David Earl

Larry and Juanita Eftefield

Joseph Eiduson

James Ellis*

Linda Enos

Cordelia Eonas

Epernay Wine and Spirits

Manuel and Sharon Estrella*

Brian Everett

Exploration School

Karen Fancher*

Andrew and Mirian Farkas

Janet Fazio

Morton and Sharon Fearey*

James Feldman

Leander Ferebee

David Ferm

Edward and Lorraine Ferragamo

David Ferraguzzi

Edmund Ferrara

Lewis Ferretti*

Richard Fichter*

Monica Flegg

Philip Fleischman

Gary Flodin

Michael Flynn

Eugene Fontaine*

Anne Forbes*

Bonnie Ford

Michael Forget

Thomas Foxx

Cynthia Foy*

Richard and Andrea Franas

Mark Fredland*

James Gallagher

Norman and Janice Gallagher

Sarah Galpern

Gerald and Susan Garon

Florian Gashi

Edwin Gentle

Nancy Ghiglione

David and Catharine Gibbs

Amanda Gibeau*

Charles and Elizabeth Gibson

Charles Gieg*

Elizabeth Gilbert*

Jane Gilmore

Carl and Olivia Giordano

Eric Giordano

Raymond Giuffre and Louise Canuel*

Eric Godbout

Steve and Peggy Godwin

James Golias

Susan Gomez*

Pauline Goodale*

Eugene and Janie Goodwillie*

Jonathan Gordon

Christopher Gortzig

Cynthia Goss

Brian Grace

Nicholas Grant

Constance Gray*

Toby Greenberg*

William Grinker

Richard and Carol Gross

Cheryl Grove

Robin Gurdak-Foley

Robyn Gurney

Gary and Roberta Hamblin*

Thruston and Mary Hammer

Audrey Harding

Ralph Hardy

James and Donna Harmon

Maureen Harrington

James and Margaret Harris

Robert and Patricia Harris*

Don and Joanne Hart

Timothy Hasler

Sandra Hastings

Gregory Hawes

John Hawke*

Taylor Hawkins

Candice Haynes*

Charles Helling

Gerard and Linda Helvitz*

James and Katherine Hennessey

Leah Herrick

Dorothy Hertz

Robert Hess

Joel Heusser

Greg and Judi Hill

Peter and Linda Hoey

Tom and Debbie Hoffman

Ed Hogan*

Christopher and Linda Holland

Robert Holland

Ronald and Megan Holsinger

Travis Hood

Mark and Joanne Hooker*

Michael and Jane Horvitz

Daniel Houghton

Robert Hubertus

Thomas Hudner*

Robert and Christine Hughes*

Michael Humphrey

David Hunt

Deborah Hutchinson

*= Five-year consecutive donors 30

William and Sally Hyde*

Anthony Ian

Adriana Ignacio

Carole Imondi*

Larrie and Helen Ingalls*

John Ippolito*

Katherine Jackson

Jayasri Janardanan

Heidi Januskiewicz

Manuel Jardin

Donna Javier

Paul Jenkins

Richard and Carol Jennings

Theodore Jochsberger

David and Lisa Johnson*

Patricia Johnston

Alice Jones

Greg Jones

Dawn Josefski

Michele Jussaume

Katie Kampersal

John and Dorine Karnash

Lisa Karol

Diane Karper

Thomas Kasper*

Asma Kayal

Gail Keene*

Marta Keith

Christopher Kelley

John and Paula Kelley

Erin Kelly

James and Claudia Kelly*

Joseph and Katherine Kelly

Kristin Kelly

William and Victoria Kenneally*

Michael and Audrey Kerber

John and Loretta King

Patrick King

Andrew and Hope Klassman

Fritz Knight

William Knight

Louise Knox

Kenneth and Diane Koocher

Eliot and Judy Krause

Joanna Krawiecki

Steven and Joyce Krekorian

Umesh Kurpad

Karl and Sarah Kussin*

Ralph and Elizabeth Laganelli

Marilyn Lally*

Karen Lambert

Mary Lambert

Marcia and Scott Lane

Paul Langevin

Stephen Lanieri

Edwin Lapiene

John Lathrop

Marie Latteri

Debra Leavitt

Diane LeBlanc

Gordon LeBlanc

Gordon and Sandra Ledgard

Joel and Jean Leider*

Gerard Letendre*

Marie Letteri*

Michael and Joyce Levy*

Shirley Liadis

Lloyd Licciardello*

Jose Lima and John Picard

Barbara Lincoln

Joseph Lipuma

Mary Ann Litwinsky*

Michael and Christina Lochhead*

Meredith Lombardi

Cynthia Long

William and Deborah Lothian

Arlene Lowenstein

Marci Lucas

Elena Lunn

Marny MacBride

Gordon MacCalla

Gordon and Suzanne MacEwan*

Linda and Dick Mackay

J. Clarence and Rita Madore*

James Magaldi

Carol Mahony

Alexandra Maider*

Paul Malo*

Enis Mara

Richard and Catherine Markee

Edward and Karin Martin

Maureen Martin

John Mason

Marilee Matteson

Bryan Mayotte

Peter and Jean McClelland

Deanna McCormack

Patricia McCornack*

Beth and Jack McCullough*

Sarah McDonough*

Gyneth McGarvey*

Charles McLeavy*

Joseph McMahon

Robert and Gayle McMullen*

Donald McNeice*

Bill and Karen Meaney*

Cristin Merck

Albert Messina

Audrey Metcalf

Lisa Metivier

Emily Mias

Madeleine Miles

John Millar

Bruce and Carolyn Miller

Copeland Miller

Harry and Barbara Mintz*

Donald and Margaret Mitchell

Maurice and Norma Mitchell*

Joyce Montalbano

Tony Montano*

Helene Montoni

Dennis Moreland*

Stephanie Morey

Joshua Mork

Steven Morris

James Morrow

Kimberly Morrow

Maureen Moselsky*

Daniel Moses

Neil and Bridget Moses

Chad Mota

Alice Murphy

Benjamin Murphy

Clayton Murphy

Phyllis Murphy

Roland and Kathy Murphy

Deana Neimann

Virginia Nejedlo

Paul Nichols*

Jeffrey and Deborah Nicholson

John Nigro, MD

Gary and Deborah Niswonger*

Pete Norgeot

Claire Norton*

David Norton*

Floyd Norton

Michael and Vicki Norton*

Christopher Nowak

Michael O’Brien*

William and Kristine O’Brien

Laura O’Callaghan

Patricia O’Leary

William and Kathleen Olson

Edward and Rosemary O’Neil*

Jeff O’Neill

Steven O’Neill

Roberta Onyschuk

Kenneth Osborne*

Karen Oser

Theodore Osiecki

Samah Othman

Janice Ouimette

Randall and Theresa Oxley*

Elaine Pace

Kenneth Pailler*

Victor and Nancy Pallazola

Karen Palmer

Victoria Palmer

Johanna Paltrineri

Anthony and Olinto Paoletti

Steve Papanotas

Patricia Pastuszak

Neil Patt

Ruth Jenkins

Paul Jenkins and Sons Well


Eric and Catherine Pauly

Patricia and Scott Pavlik

Matthew Peel and Meredith Lepore

Joseph Pehl

Janice Pelletier*

Randi Peralta

Steve Perkins*

The Honorable John M. Perone

Anna Perry*

John and Pat Perry

John and Patricia Petersen*

Eugene and Susan Piacentini

Paul Pickard

Michael and Elaine Pirrello

Philip and Perian Poirier

Matthew Poole

Hector and Janet Pope

Josh Posner

Michael Poulin

Jayne Prats

Heather Primeau

Nina Pringle

Jeanne Pucci

Richard and Maureen Pulice

Caryn Quimby

Rory Radding and Nina Duchaine

Karpaga Ramalakshmanan


Phillip and Claire Raneri*

Peter Ravanesi, MD

Richard Raymond

Georgia Raysman

Philip and Margaret Read*

Edward Reardon

Rebecca Reese

Robert and Mary Reese

James and Colleen Regan

Mark Reimels

Karsten and Julie Reinemo

Mary Reinhardt

Matthew Renaud

Jo-Ann Resendes

Hope Rex

Kathy Boshar Reynolds

Lauren Rice

Michael and Carolyn Richman

Jeanne Riggs

Mary Riis

Patricia Rizzo

Brooks Robards

Carol Robbio

Carole Roberts

Faymarie Roberts-Gilzeane

Gary Robinson

Luana Rochette

Kermit Roosevelt

Robert and Kimberly Rosa

Bruce and Susan Rosinoff*

Brian and Barbara Rosner

Sverre and Holly Rosvik

Patricia Rozumek

Robert and Donna Rubel

Robert and Nancy Ryan

Diane Ryder

Scott and Denise Sabotka

Kirk Safford

Colleen Sainato

Helen Salamone

David Saltiel

David Sanborn

Lisa Santoro

Brian Scanlan

Cashel Scanlon

Christine Schaefer

Herbert Schiffer*

Gerald Schimmoeller

Christine Schmidt

Daniel and Frederique Schutzberg*

Jean Schweis*

Judy Schweitzer

Todd and Jacquelyn Seastedt

Robert and Susan Seger

Dominic Sera*

Elizabeth Shannon

Laurel Sharp

David Shaw

Mary Sheehan

Diannah Shurtleff

Lawrence Silverman*

Michael Simeone*

Jeffrey Simpson

Andrew and Marianna Siwik

Ivan Skender

Cynthia Slade

Susan Slahetka

Robert and Susan Slysz*

Sidney and Nanette Small

Robert Smith*

William and Gloria Snyder*

Kimberly Sparks

Janet Spellman

Sidney Spiegel*

Karyn Squire

John and Joan Stackpole*

Karli Stahl†

Bethany Staiger

Jay Staunton

Ralph Steeves

David Steinberg

Jeff and Kimberley Stephens

Maryann Sterin

Darren Stewart

James and Diane Stilian

Charles Stonis

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Storer*

Robert and Teresa Strong*

Landey Strongin

Stacey Stuart

Alexandra Sullivan

Karen Sullivan

Richard and Eileen Sullivan*

Sandra Sullivan*

John and Marie Sussek

Anne Sweidel*

Robert and Karen Swenson*

Dorothy Sykes*

Stanley and Anne Marie Sylvester

Susan Sylvia

Veronica Szarek

Walter Szot

John Tansey

Evan Tasiopoulos

Annie Teasdale

Elaine Tetreault*

Susan Thibeault

Scott Tilton

David Todd

Frances Tomei

Joe Tonelli

Jon Tonelli

Stacy Toporoff*

Edward and Mary Trayes

Ellen Trifero*

Nancy Trimbur

Barbara Uftring

Penelope Uhlendorf

Alberta Uhran

Jonathan Underhill

Robert Valle

Steve and Diana Vaughn

Davide Villani

Robert Vinson*

Dawn Vogeler

Barbara von der Groeben

Robert and Donna Wagner*

Scott Waldron*

John and Janice Walker*

Donald and Jane Walsh

Linda Walsh

Grace Warnecke

David Warshay

Henry and Patricia Wasierski

Constance Watts

Johannes Wedel

Rhoda Weinman

David Weiss

Frederick West

Brian and Leslie Wheelin

Nan White*

Tim Whiting, MD

Mr. William Wilbur and Ms. Patricia Wallace-Wilbur

Whitney Wilkinson*

Paula Willey

Dean and Jacqueline Williamson

Maureen Willoughby

Kristen Wilson

Suzanne Wilson*

Beverly Winthrop

Warren Woessner

Javon Wooten

Cindy Wordell

Randall Wright

Harvey Young and Ellen Kouletsis-Young

Steve and Peggy Zablotny

Gregory Zahora

Jayme Zamarro Gangi and Robert Gangi*

Bryant and Marcia Zanko

Maria Zodda*

Linda Zola

Loretta Zwarts*

*= Five-year consecutive donors 32

Memorial Donations

In memory of Michael Albano

Denise Albano

In memory of John Alves

George and Naomi Botelho

In memory of Loren J. Andreo, Sr.

Earl Winthrop

In memory of John Ashcroft

Kimberly Morrow

In memory of Patricia I. Ashley

Herbert Ashley

In memory of Robert Balzarini

Michelle Balzarini

In memory of Roy K. Barrett

Carol Barrett

In memory of Richard Barzelay

Edith Barzelay

In memory of Emma Bastarache

Normand Bastarache

In memory of Rebecca Baxter

Richard Baxter

In memory of Tracie Beale

Stephanie Morey

In memory of Raymond Beauvais

Sandra Beauvais

In memory of Fred W. Binford, Jr.

Joan Binford

In memory of Diane G. Biondi

Gerald Biondi

In memory of Samuel Blanchard

Meredith Braithwaite

Robert and Donna Rubel

In memory of Neal Boccuzzo

Susan Boccuzzo

In memory of Gail Bridges

Clinton Bridges

In memory of Norman Bridwell

Norma Bridwell

In memory of Dr. John F. Burke

Agnes Burke

In memory of Clarence Cannon

Benjamin and Sallie Cannon

In memory of Charles J. Carney

Rosanne Carney

In memory of Francis M. Carroll

Irene Carroll

In memory of LisaLynn Chaleki

Norman Chaleki

In memory of Tom Clarke

Alison Hodges

In memory of Gerald A. Clay

Nancy Clay

In memory of David Coite

Paula Willey

In memory of Joseph Comeau

Deborah Comeau and Thomas Dalton

Evelyn Comeau

In memory of Linda Conaway

Kristina Conaway

In memory of John J. Coppinger

Janet Birch

In memory of Coppinger and Lonergan families

William Coppinger

In memory of Manuel L. Couto’s mother and father

Manuel Couto

In memory of Susanne E. Coyne

Bryan Coyne

In memory of Dr. John Craighead

Christina Craighead

In memory of Charlie Crones

Jacquelyn Crones

In memory of Daniel Culkin

Mark Culkin

In memory of Robert J. Cummings, Sr

Jean Cummings

In memory of Richard Curtis

Theresa Curtis

In memory of Dick Dauphinee

Juliana Dauphinee

In memory of Richard Defreitas

Patricia Defreitas

In memory of Edith and Norman Delker

Cristin Merck

In memory of Lottie Doyle

James Doyle

In memory of David Durkee

Paula Durkee

In memory of Ruth E. Ellis

James Ellis

In memory of Anthony G. Eonas

Cordelia Eonas

In memory of departed family members

Adoracion Estanislao, M.D.

In memory of Ken Fallon

Mary Sheehan

In memory of Carol A. Fichter

Richard Fichter

In memory of Thelma Fontaine

Eugene Fontaine

In memory of Claire Forbes

Anne Forbes

In memory of Carl “Pete” Fredland

Peter Arnoff

Polly Arnoff

Mark Fredland

Linda and Dick Mackay

In memory of Fredric D. Frigoletto

Martha Frigoletto

In memory of John Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

In memory of Harry W. Gilmore

Jane Gilmore

In memory of Dick Goodale

Pauline Goodale

In memory of Thomas Kenneth Hall

Anna Delmonte

In memory of Diana K. Harris

Peter Harris

In memory of Dean & Marilyn Hes s

Robert Hess

In memory of Lawrence “Whitey” Hesseltine, Sr.

Taylor Hawkins

In memory of Owen Michael Hochreiter

Donald and Doreen Conners

Lisa Conners-Wright

In memory of David A. Holmes

Catherine Holmes

In memory of Kevin M. Horrigan

Karen Andrews

In memory of

Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.

Thruston and Mary Hammer

In memory of John C. Hurd

Cynthia Slade

In memory of Robert Hutchinson

Deborah Hutchinson

In memory of Stella Hyde

William and Sally Hyde

In memory of Nicolas Imondi

Carole Imondi

In memory of Mary Ippolito

John Ippolito

In memory of William Jones

Alice Jones

In memory of Dale Kasper

Thomas Kasper

In memory of Jack Keene

Gail Keene

In memory of James P. Kelley

Larry and Juanita Eftefield

The Foley Family

John and Dorine Karnash

Christopher Kelley

John and Paula Kelley

Virginia Nejedlo and Matthew, Scott and Gina Kelley

Anthony and Olinto Paoletti

Susan Thibeault

In memory of Kevin M. Kelly

James and Claudia Kelly

In memory of Marsha Koutrobis & Bradley

Bill Koutrobis

In memory of Gregory Lambert

Karen Lambert

In memory of Jim Lentowski

Priscilla Lentowski

In memory of Edna C. Levins

Jean Levins

In memory of Dennis Liadis

Corvin Weddle

In memory of Kenneth S. Lindsay

Karyn Lindsay

In memory of Robert A. Litwinsky

Mary Ann Litwinsky

In memory of Patrick MacDonald

Diane LeBlanc

In memory of Joshua Macro

Michael and Vicki Norton

Philip and Perian Poirier

In memory of John Martin

Maureen Martin

In memory of James McDonough

Sarah McDonough

In memory of Joe McLaughlin

Rhoda Weinman

In memory of Diane L. McLeavy

Charles McLeavy

In memory of Eugenia Mello

Cristina Ajemian

In memory of Claudia Monaco

Gerry O’Connell

In memory of Margie R. Montano

Tony Montano

In memory of Philip Montoni

Helene Montoni

In memory of William (Billy) Taylor Moselsky

Maureen Moselsky

In memory of Helen Murphy

Alice Murphy

In memory of Heidi Normand

James and Colleen Regan


In memory of Merrill S. Norton

Claire Norton

In memory of Neal O’Brien, Jr.

Neal and Nancy O’Brien

Love Is Magic Foundation Inc.

In memory of Richard Ouimette

Janice Ouimette

In memory of Angeline Papanotas

Steve Papanotas

In memory of Janice S. Pehl

Joseph Pehl

In memory of Douglas and Nicole Perry

John and Pat Perry

In memory of William D. Perry, Sr.

Anna Perry

In memory of Michael Pirrello, Sr.

Michael and Elaine Pirrello

In memory of Antonia “Toni” Ramos

Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Ramos


In memory of

Nancy D. Redmond

Gary and Monique Bowen

Michael and Audrey Kerber

In memory of Irene Resendes

Jo-Ann Resendes

In memory of Joseph E. Rizzo

Patricia Rizzo

In memory of Lawrence M. Rochette

Luana Rochette

In memory of David Rozumek

Patricia Rozumek

In memory of Dale Ryan

Gregory Hawes

In memory of Rebecca Ryan

Robert and Nancy Ryan

In memory of Charles Rynearson

Louise Knox

In memory of Richard Salvatore

Robert Grant

In memory of Carol Sanducci

Joyce Montalbano

In memory of Rita F. Savoy

Robert Dias

In memory of Mary Sexton

James Sexton

In memory of Robert Shapiro

Kenneth Bartels and Jane Condon

Steven and Jane Kunzman

In memory of Genevieve


Michael Simeone

In memory of Robert & Elaine Slysz, Sr.

Robert and Susan Slysz

In memory of Ruth and Louis Spiegel

Sidney Spiegel

In memory of Raymond J. Stuart

Janice Pelletier

In memory of Kevan M. Sullivan

Sandra Sullivan

In memory of Paul D. Sullivan

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Stephen and Suzan Duggan

James and Patricia Durbin

Patricia Dwyer

Edward and Lorraine Ferragamo

Susan Martin and co-workers

Peter and Jean McClelland

Collin Mooney

Michael Sullivan

Steve and Diana Vaughn

In memory of Russell L. Tetreault

Elaine Tetreault

In memory of Remo Tomei

Frances Tomei

In memory of Edward Uftring

Barbara Uftring

In memory of Richard J. Veara

Carlene Vear

In memory of Suzanne K. Wedel, MD

Marcia Bennet

Madelyn Canniff

Gabrielle Jacobson

In memory of Walter Wentzell

Janis Wentzell

A Storage Solution

In memory of Maureen E. Wester

Richard Wester

In memory of John Joseph Wilcox

Timothy Hasler

In memory of John Wilcox

Jose Lima and John Picard

In memory of Graham Willoughby

Maureen Willoughby

In memory of William Wilson

Suzanne Wilson

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“The establishment of the Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel Legacy Society is a wonderful tribute to Suzanne and her dedication to Boston MedFlight and the thousands of patients and families cared for by the organization during her 27 years as CEO and Medical Director. Our family is grateful to Boston MedFlight for honoring Suzanne’s memory in this meaningful way.”

— Alasdair K. Conn, MD, husband of the late Suzanne K. Wedel, MD, and Chief Emeritus of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel led Boston MedFlight as Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director for 27 years, from 1989 until her passing in 2016. Dr. Wedel was beloved and respected by her friends, colleagues, and individuals throughout the medical field and critical care transport industry. Known equally for her intelligence and medical expertise, Dr. Wedel was a driving force in developing best practices in critical care medicine.

Dr. Wedel’s dedication to Boston MedFlight and our patients was unparalleled, as was her belief in the organization’s past, present, and future. As a physician and leader, Dr. Wedel was selfless, loyal, and empathetic, exemplifying the practice of “compassionate care.”

The Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel Legacy Society honors this abiding commitment to Boston MedFlight’s mission. Thoughtful donors who have made provisions for Boston MedFlight in their estate plans demonstrate their own dedication to the organization’s mission, its future, and the patients we care for every day.

The individuals listed below have made provisions in their estate plans to support Boston MedFlight. We are deeply grateful for their dedication to the organization and its future.

Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan

Alasdair Conn, MD

Maura Hughes

Daphne Noyes

Ann Prestipino

Charles Wiley

If you have included Boston MedFlight in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity, ensure that the purpose of your gift is understood by the organization, and recognize you as a member of the Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel Legacy Society.

To learn more about supporting Boston MedFlight with a planned gift, please contact Tom Hudner, Chief Development Officer, at 781-457-5316 or tom.hudner@bostonmedflight.org. Thank you!

The Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel Legacy Society honors those who provide support for Boston MedFlight in their wills, trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts.

Boston MedFlight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our legal name is New England Life Flight Inc., dba Boston MedFlight. Audited financials are available upon request. For 990 information, visit www.Guidestar.org and search “New England Life Flight.”

For information on charitable giving to Boston MedFlight, please contact our Development Office at 781-863-2213 or giving@bostonmedflight.org.

Thank you!


Paul Joyal


Maura Hughes

Tom Hudner

Janet Alman


Dalhgren Creative Zofia & Company

Zachary Charest

Michael Gittleson

Kathryn Champion

Christine Muszalski


Mark Guarino/Guarino Design


Miranda Hersey/Pen & Press

Boston MedFlight

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