BOARD OF TRUSTEES Monica Kleinman, MD Medical Director, Critical Care Transport Program Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Critical Care Medicine Stanley W. Ashley, MD Chief Medical Officer Brigham and Women’s Hospital Brien Barnewolt, MD TREASURER, BOARD OF TRUSTEES Department of Emergency Medicine Tufts Medical Center Peter Burke, MD Chief, Trauma Services Boston Medical Center/Harrison Campus Alasdair K. Conn, MD CHAIR EMERITUS, BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chief Emeritus, Dept. of Emergency Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital Charles H. Cook, MD, FACS, FCCM Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Michael Rosenblatt, MD Chief Medical Officer Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Wendy Warring Senior Vice President, Network Development and Strategic Partnerships Boston Children’s Hospital Julia Sinclair Senior Vice President, Clinical Services Brigham and Women’s Hospital Malisa Schuyler Director, Government Relations Tufts Medical Center Alastair Bell, MD Chief Operating Officer Boston Medical Center Ann Prestipino CHAIR, BOARD OF TRUSTEES Senior Vice President, Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business Development Massachusetts General Hospital Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan CLERK, BOARD OF TRUSTEES Senior Vice President, System Integration and Care Coordination Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
A message from CEO Maura Hughes
2018 was a milestone year for Boston MedFlight in many respects, one marked by continued growth and progress. I thank my colleagues for their unwavering committment to our mission, for it was their expertise, dedication, and leadership that enabled the organization to grow strategically while maintaining our steadfast devotion to the patients we care for every day. For more than three decades, unparalleled cooperation and collaboration between Boston MedFlight and our consortium partner hospitals, first responders, and community hospitals has enabled a critical care transport system that benefits our entire region. When Boston MedFlight was founded in 1985, we were located at Bostonâ€™s Logan International Airport. We operated one helicopter and had a total staff of 16, transporting just over 400 patients that first year. Fast-forward to 2018, the busiest year in our history, during which we completed 4,565 patient transportsâ€”an average of more than 12 transports every 24 hours, and an 11% increase from 2017. These patients included 75% adult, 13% neonate, and 12% pediatric; 55% of our transports were conducted by ground and 45% by air. Since our founding in 1985, Boston MedFlight has transported over 73,000 patients. After a decade of planning and 20 months of construction, in 2018 we moved into a new, 54,000-square-foot building at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA, which now serves as Boston MedFlightâ€™s headquarters and primary aircraft hangar. We hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November to celebrate the opening of this state-of-the-art facility, which includes a hangar for four aircraft, medical simulation training lab for our medical crew, communications center, and a training center for community education. (Read more about our new headquarters on page 4.) In addition, we opened a new base in Mansfield, MA, to better serve patients on the south coast, Cape Cod, and the islands. In line with our strategic plan to periodically upgrade and standardize our vehicle fleet, in 2018 we purchased three new medically equipped Airbus H145 helicopters (see page 18), in addition to a new critical care ground ambulance, and we established a relationship with a new fixed-wing vendor, Seven Bar Aviation. Each one of our vehicles carries highly specialized equipment, medications, and technology, and serves as a mobile intensive care unit. Beyond providing critical care transport to patients in need, Boston MedFlight serves our community in other ways. Through the course of the year we offered more than 85 educational and training opportunities to medical providers, first responders, and other community outreach programs, reaching over 14,000 participants. While 2018 was a year marked by change and growth for Boston MedFlight, one thing that will never change is our dedication to patients, delivering clinical expertise, and focusing on safety while fulfilling our lifesaving mission. I would like to acknowledge my colleagues for their extraordinary commitment to our patients and their families, and the donors, sponsors, partners and friends whose support of our nonprofit mission ensures we have the resources necessary to perform our work. Thank you for supporting Boston MedFlight. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest-quality critical care transport to those who need it most. Warm regards,
Maura Hughes, CPA, MBA Chief Executive Officer 3
RIBBON-CUTTING Boston MedFlight hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November 2018 to observe the opening of our new $17 million, 54,000square-foot center of operations at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA. 4
The event was held in the facilityâ€™s aircraft hangar and included Boston MedFlight staff as well as helicopters, airplane and ground ambulances on display and open to visitors and the press. In addition, grateful patients were in attendance acknowledging, in many cases, the life-saving care and transport that they received.
Boston MedFlight has bases located at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Lawrence Airport, Plymouth Airport, and Mansfield Airport.
If the topic of commercial insurance doesn’t fill you with enthusiasm, you haven’t met Bob Dowling. In 1984, as Boston MedFlight (BMF) came into existence, Bob set about securing insurance policies for the new organization. But it wasn’t long before he hit a major snag. The numbers for Workers’ Compensation were coming back ridiculously high: $125K for an annual Workers’ Comp premium—far more than a fledgling nonprofit could afford. “The problem was classification,” Bob explains. “There was no prior company like Boston MedFlight. The insurers didn’t know what to do with an organization that cared for patients in the back of helicopters. So they classified us in crop dusting.” Bob balked. Crop dusting, the aerial application of crop protection products (including hazardous pesticides and fertilizers) from an agricultural aircraft, was surely not a comparable activity. The quoted Workers’ Compensation rates were six times what they should have been. Bob appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts, explaining that the “crop dusters” were actually nurses and paramedics. The appeal was denied. Bob appealed again. And again he was denied. Bob would not take no for an answer. He went to the governing committee of the Workers’ Compensation Bureau and brought along an expert in Workers’ Comp. “We talked for two hours,” Bob recalls. “And at the end of that meeting, our premium went from $125K to under $20K. That was a great victory for us, and for a newly formed nonprofit.” With a laugh, Bob adds: “The only bad thing, of course, was that my commission took a real nosedive!” 6
PATIENT & SUPPORTER PROFILE: BOB DOWLING Insuring Against the Worst-Case Scenario From the earliest days, Bob was impressed with the leadership and staff of BMF. Every month he visited BMF for onsite meetings—and over the years, these collegial relationships deepened. Bob couldn’t have known, however, exactly what this special client would come to mean to him.
Down for the Count A lifelong early riser, Bob typically left his house in Canton, MA, by 6:00 am. But one morning in 1997, Bob didn’t wake up. When his wife, Betty, couldn’t rouse him, she called 911. Bob was taken to the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, where his primary care doctor was waiting at the emergency room. Within minutes, Bob’s doctor knew that the situation was beyond what the medical center could handle. A BMF helicopter was
summoned to transport Bob to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Although he was unconscious, Bob and the BMF crew were already well acquainted. “I woke up for about 20 seconds when they were landing the helicopter on the roof at Beth Israel,” Bob recalls. “I heard a terrible noise. The nurse sitting next to me said, ‘Don’t get excited, Bob. It’s just wind from the blades hitting the air-conditioning units. Happens every time.’” Reassured, Bob slipped back into unconsciousness. Despite a barrage of tests and exams over the following weeks, Bob’s medical team was unable to determine what was wrong with him. In all his 60 years, he’d never before been seriously ill. But he was sick and getting sicker. On three occasions, Bob’s doctors determined he wasn’t going
“They were born for these jobs. They move so quickly. Everything they do is centered on maintaining the life of the patient. And everything about these professionals is amazing.”
Bob Dowling (right) with his son, Bob Jr.
to make it. Three times, he was given Last Rites. Betty tried to prepare herself for her husband’s death. Her cousin, an orthopedic surgeon, advised her to go home and rest so that she could plan for the funeral. But after 20 days, Bob woke up. He was confused, weak, and 40 pounds lighter, but he was cogent. The medical team wasn’t any closer to a diagnosis, but Bob was sent to rehab to regain his strength. “They don’t know why I got better, but I did. Four people in the Boston area came down with the same symptoms at the same time. One died, they aren’t sure of what; the second one died of a heart attack 6 months later; and one gentleman from Vermont and I both lived happily ever after.”
Paying it Forward
Happily Ever After
Where Bob had already been an advocate of BMF, his experience from the patient side turned him into a champion supporter. “I became a proud member of a group called Friends of Boston MedFlight,” Bob explains. “I worked [as a sponsor] on the first golf tournament. Most golf tournament fundraisers are run by event professionals. But Boston MedFlight does it all themselves, and they do a terrific job. It’s exceptional, and a lot of fun.”
Today, after many decades, Bob remains at the helm of Dowling Insurance in Braintree, MA, and is still BMF’s insurance broker for property, non-aviation vehicles, and so on. He’s the proud father of four—three of whom work at his insurance firm—and grandfather of six, one of whom is also an employee.
Bob is also impressed by the caliber of medical professionals that BMF attracts. “The people who work there are a different breed,” Bob says. “They were born for these jobs. They move so quickly. Everything they do is centered on maintaining the life of the patient. And everything about these professionals is amazing.” In addition to supporting BMF as a tournament sponsor and a generous annual donor, Bob made a substantial capital gift to BMF’s new headquarters project. Of the naming options available, Bob chose to name the Employee Wellness Room, because he cares so deeply about the health and well-being of BMF employees. Bob has also worked to secure financial support from insurers such Arbella Insurance Group, of which he serves on the board of directors. Bob is passionate about promoting BMF’s value and nonprofit status. “With Boston MedFlight, when there’s an accident in the street, they just go. They aren’t asking for someone’s insurance card. They don’t turn anyone away. People think it’s all paid for by insurance. But a lot of it isn’t. Ambulance companies send a bill when they haul you around, and if you don’t have insurance you’re probably going to get stuck with a hefty bill. There’s an enormous difference between what Boston MedFlight collects and what their expenses are. It’s a true charity.”
Bob loves working with his family members and considers himself a very lucky man. When he’s not working or enjoying himself, Bob finds time to visit his friends at BMF. “I recently had a tour of the new headquarters along with one of my sons and Beverly Tangvik, who is president of the Arbella Foundation and a strong Boston MedFlight supporter. One of the paramedics took us around. You would have thought I was the King of England. They are so appreciative of my support, but of course it’s my deep appreciation that makes me so supportive! I love visiting Boston MedFlight. Spending time with them makes for a great day.” In BMF’s experience, anything related to commercial insurance—so long as Bob Dowling is involved—makes for a very great day indeed.
Boston MedFlight transports an average of 12 patients per day.
“Taking care of a person who is critically ill, at that juncture between life and death, and making a positive intervention— it’s the greatest reward anyone can have.”
LEADERSHIP PROFILE: SUSAN WILCOX, MD Leading on the Frontlines of Critical Care As Boston MedFlight’s Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Susan Wilcox plays a key role in facilitating care and improving outcomes for the critically ill patients Boston MedFlight transports.
Dr. Wilcox joined Boston MedFlight (BMF) in 2009 while completing an anesthesia critical care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel, BMF’s Chief Executive Officer until her passing in March 2016, was proactively changing the organization’s medical leadership by appointing an associate medical director from each of BMF’s consortium hospitals—and asked Dr. Wilcox to join BMF as the representative for MGH. “I was deeply grateful for the opportunity,” Dr. Wilcox says. “I’ve always wanted to take care of the sickest of the sick patients. When I went to medical school, I was originally thinking about being a hospice physician. As I went through my rotations as a third-year medical student, however, I changed my mind. When I saw critically ill patients in the ER, I realized I was drawn to people who needed the most attention and the most care. In that sense, end-oflife care and critical care practices
share similarities, but I liked the challenge of caring for a broad array of patients and covering a lot of different specialties.” To a layperson, emergency medicine and critical care might sound like the most stressful and taxing medical specialties of them all. But for Dr. Wilcox, this environment is her calling. “Taking care of a person who is critically ill, at that juncture between life and death, and making a positive intervention—it’s the greatest reward anyone can have,” she explains. Without question, Dr. Wilcox is deeply passionate about acute stabilization and intensive care. “I work a lot,” she admits. “I love it. My husband is an ICU physician, too—he works at Beth Israel and also receives BMF patients. We discuss cases and hypotheticals together.” Dr. Wilcox adds with a laugh: “Some couples talk about work/life balance; my husband and I talk about work/life blend. It works for us.”
In 2018, Dr. Wilcox was recruited as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Boston MedFlight. In this important position, Dr. Wilcox collaborates on reviewing clinical cases—notably the difficult ones—in a continual effort to improve practices. She also assists in writing medical protocols and enhancing training for BMF’s clinical staff. Looking to the future, Dr. Wilcox is excited about a new development at BMF: “We’re working toward carrying blood in our transport vehicles,” she explains. “We’ll be giving transfusions right in the field. We’re not the first to adopt this practice, but we’re one of the only organizations governed by a consortium of very distinct teaching institutions—so we have some unique angles on the protocol.” Dr. Wilcox is also strengthening BMF’s research team, with a particular interest in patients in respiratory failure who require ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a heart-lung bypass treatment. “We do research to
identify our strengths and what we can do better,” Dr. Wilcox notes. “We have many best practices and the research to demonstrate what we do well. A lot of this work is retrospective research; looking at specific subsets of patients—such as those who receive ECMO.” Dr. Wilcox is enthusiastic about sharing these best practices with other organizations, empowering other providers on the frontlines of critical care and improving outcomes for the patients they treat. It’s hard to imagine a stronger synergy than that which exists between Boston MedFlight’s operation and Dr. Wilcox’s passion, talent, and expertise. “I’m so committed to the BMF mission,” Dr. Wilcox says. “The nurses and the paramedics and everyone who devotes their time and energy to caring for these incredibly ill patients and getting them to tertiary care—sometimes I’m at a loss for words. It’s so profound to me, what this organization does. It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of Boston MedFlight.”
“I’ve always wanted to take care of the sickest of the sick patients.” Today, Dr. Wilcox attends at MGH in the Emergency Department and the Heart Center ICU. As someone who spends her days face-to-face with the fragility and inherent uncertainty of life, Dr. Wilcox understands more than most the service that Boston MedFlight performs. “I love Boston MedFlight not only as a physician working for the organization, but in remembering that I, or anyone I love, could become a BMF patient at any time. Knowing that BMF’s resources are available to protect me and my family is an incredible comfort. BMF is on standby to take care of everyone in New England. This is the heart of what BMF does and why this institution is so important for all of us.”
PATIENT & SUPPORTER PROFILE: THE CARNEY FAMILY Learning to Breathe Kevin McDade Carney was born at 8:23 am on Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Lowell General Hospital. As he weighed nearly 10 pounds and appeared healthy in every respect, Gerri and Russ Carney weren’t worried when hospital staff took Kevin away. “We thought they were just cleaning him up,” Russ Carney recalls. “But then they told us he was having trouble breathing. He needed oxygen, but it still didn’t seem like things were dire. I went home to Dracut that night for a few hours of sleep, but Gerri called at 2:00 am and said Kevin wasn’t doing well. I rushed back to the hospital.”
A Parent’s Nightmare When Russ arrived at Lowell General, doctors were trying to save Kevin. Despite a hefty birthweight, Kevin’s lungs were underdeveloped—and he had pulmonary hypertension and was in respiratory failure. The baby’s prognosis was so poor that he was baptized. Gerri and Russ tried to prepare themselves for the very worst. Neither of them had yet held or touched Kevin. The medical team wanted to send Kevin to Floating Hospital for Children, but he wasn’t stable enough for a ground ambulance. A Boston MedFlight helicopter was dispatched. But Kevin wasn’t stable enough for a helicopter ride, either—and several hours would pass before Kevin could 10
be loaded into the helicopter and flown to Floating Hospital. “We were lucky that another call didn’t come in while the helicopter was waiting,” Russ notes. “If it had, BMF wouldn’t have had any choice but to leave.” Gerri was experiencing post-delivery complications and couldn’t yet be moved. Russ rode to Floating Hospital in the ambulance that had originally been on standby for Kevin. When he arrived, doctors told him Kevin’s prognosis was poor. After working on Kevin for a few hours, “The doctors basically said there was nothing they could do,” says Russ. A priest was called, and Kevin received the sacrament of baptism again.
Hope Against Hope The doctors’ last hope was to send Kevin to Mass General for ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a heart-lung bypass treatment. Kevin was driven to Mass General by ambulance and immediately whisked into surgery. Russ found himself sitting in a small waiting room watching the minutes crawl by, desperate for a ray of positive news. Hours later, a doctor
appeared and told Russ that Kevin had stabilized. “I hugged the doctor so hard,” Russ remembers, “he thought I broke his ribs!” At Mass General’s pediatric intensive care unit, Kevin lay in an isolette, tended around the clock by a nurse and a respiratory therapist. On Friday, just as Gerri and Russ started feeling cautiously optimistic, Kevin began declining again. Typically, if a patient like Kevin doesn’t improve within three days of ECMO treatment, progress isn’t going to happen. “It turned out that Kevin wasn’t doing well on the ECMO machine,” Russ recalls, “and they wanted to talk to us about taking him off of life support. He got baptized for a third time. I made my peace with God, but we begged them not to take Kevin off life support. I guess we begged hard
enough, because they decided to leave him on over the weekend.” And then, on Monday, Kevin’s vital signs started to improve. No one was able to account for his turnaround, but after three weeks on life support Kevin improved enough to travel back to Lowell General. Gerri and Russ were finally able to hold their son. Two weeks later, on Ash Wednesday, Kevin went home. After a few months of keeping Kevin confined at home to limit germ exposure, Gerri and Russ decided to have him baptized at their church. As the priest observed during Kevin’s baptism service, “This is the first I’ve heard of a child getting baptized four times!”
Fast Forward Today, Kevin Carney is a 6’ 5” junior at the Groton School, where he rows crew and plays football and basketball. He’s interested in engineering and likes to work with his hands.
Faith and Gratitude Each year, the Carney family sends a thank-you card to the providers who saved Kevin’s life. “I figure maybe it makes a difference for someone,” Russ says. “That particular day, being reminded that this kid is alive and having a full life, thanks to them. These people do really tough work and I can’t imagine how hard it is when the story doesn’t end like Kevin’s.” Russ and Gerri urge others to think about the unthinkable. “You trust that when your worst nightmare comes, someone is going to save the day,” says Russ. “You take that knight in shining armor for granted. But BMF is a knight in shining armor we all need to support. Without Boston MedFlight, our son would have died at Lowell General Hospital before he was a day old. Whenever I see BMF helicopters, I get a shiver up my spine and I say a prayer. Whomever they’re going to save, may that family be as lucky as ours.”
“I don’t think about it at all,” Kevin says of his challenging start to life. “I’m just like any other normal kid.” It would seem, however, that Kevin may have front-loaded his taste for excitement. “I’m fairly cautious. I’m never going to just throw myself out there. I like to think things through. I deal with stress by taking a step back and then moving forward one step at a time.” Russ shares his son’s appreciation for staying grounded. “When Kevin was in the hospital, one of my brothers gave me these words of wisdom: ‘Know in your head the difference between trouble and inconvenience.’ When I face a challenge, I try to keep my perspective. I know which is which.”
Kevin Carney (right) rowing for Groton School crew team.
SUPPORTER PROFILE: AT HOME ON THE VINEYARD
“Boston MedFlight is the type of service that no one even thinks about until an emergency arises,” notes G. Drew Conway, a father of five who has summered on Martha’s Vineyard with his family for three decades. “You never need it until you do, and then you’re awfully glad it’s there.”
From Aquinnah to Oak Bluffs, the fabled beauty and charm of Martha’s Vineyard attract visitors from around the world. In summer, more than 25,000 short-term visitors travel to the island, joining 17,000 year-round residents and over 100,000 seasonal inhabitants—many of whom call the Vineyard their home away from home. Unfortunately, illness and injury don’t take vacations. In 2018, more than 14,000 people found themselves in the emergency room at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, a nonprofit, 25-bed facility affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). A portion of these patients are the very sickest of the sick, requiring emergency treatment at a tertiary medical center. In these cases, Boston MedFlight is on standby with life-saving transport to MGH and other Boston-area consortium hospitals. Boston MedFlight completes 95% of air medical transports from Martha’s Vineyard and is the only nonprofit air medical provider to regularly serve the island. On average, Boston MedFlight transports 150-200 patients from the Vineyard each year, from tiny premature infants to elderly patients and the range of patients in between. Approximately 90% of these transports are by helicopter and 10% are by fixed-wing airplane. “Boston MedFlight is the type of service that no one even thinks about until an emergency arises,” notes G. Drew Conway, a father of five who has summered on Martha’s Vineyard with his family for three decades. “You never need it until you do, and then you’re awfully glad it’s there. If you know someone whose life was saved by Boston MedFlight, you’re in awe of what the organization does and how vital it is to our community.” In addition to his presence as a long-time seasonal resident, Drew is president of the board of governors of Vineyard Golf Club (VGC). When the club opened in 2002, its charter included a charitable foundation to support Vineyard nonprofits and help provide year-round sustainability. VGC Foundation supports a range of organizations in conservation, housing, the arts, safety, and health care. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $2.6 million in local services, including Boston MedFlight. “Having a partner hospital like MGH is critical,” Drew notes. “And having Boston MedFlight as the conduit to MGH and the great hospitals of Boston is essential.” Each year, Boston MedFlight provides $150,000 to $200,000 in free and unreimbursed care to patients from the Vineyard who are uninsured or underinsured. Boston MedFlight never denies service to patients in need due to a lack of insurance or inability to pay; if a patient is in need, Boston MedFlight is there. Since 2008, VGC Foundation has funded Boston MedFlight with grants to offset the cost of delivering these services. The foundation has also generously supported Boston MedFlight’s migration to a new fixed-wing aircraft and provider; crew training in aircraft water ditching; and the purchase of newgeneration white phosphor night-vision goggles.
“Boston MedFlight serves everyone. Knowing that Boston MedFlight is there, should the worst happen, gives us a great sense of security. It’s an extraordinary service.” “As a member-owned club, it’s our membership that makes this work possible through substantial annual contributions,” says Drew. “The club has remarkable members. These are people who care so much about the island and are constantly giving back. We want the island to thrive year-round, not just for 90 days in the summer.” Throughout the year, Boston MedFlight is a lifeline between Martha’s Vineyard and life-saving care. “Boston MedFlight is such a valuable service to our community that it’s critical we at VGC—and all organizations on the island— support its work,” Drew says. “Boston MedFlight serves everyone. Knowing that Boston MedFlight is there, should the worst happen, gives us a great sense of security. It’s an extraordinary service. We at the Vineyard Golf Club will continue to make Boston MedFlight a priority for our giving program. We hope to inspire others to join us.” Boston MedFlight gratefully acknowledges the extraordinary support of Vineyard Golf Club and applauds the foundation’s philanthropic community leadership.
Boston MedFlight provides $4 million in free and unreimbursed care each year to patients with little or no insurance.
FORE! The 4th Annual Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble
On August 24, 2018, more than 140 golfers took part in the Fourth Annual Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble at Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton, MA. The tournament is an engaging event that connects our community, raises funds for Boston MedFlight, and celebrates our mission to expertly transport the most critically ill and injured. Participants included Boston MedFlight staff, donors, partners, sponsors, former patients, and friends of our organization. After a light breakfast and time on the driving range and practice putting green, Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes welcomed participants. Attendees watched as Boston MedFlight’s newest helicopter, an Airbus H145, took off over the first fairway and hovered while COO of Transport, Rick Kenin, dropped more than 150 numbered golf balls from the aircraft. The attendee 14
whose number matched the ball that settled closest to a BMF pin won $1,200! Play commenced along with on-course games and prizes such as longest drive, closest to the pin, and air cannon tee shots. The reception that followed included a silent auction, raffle, and tournament prizes. Beautiful weather and great camaraderie made for a fun day with an important purpose. The event raised more than $130,000 in support of Boston MedFlight, helping us to continue to deliver the best critical care transport to those in need. We’re grateful to everyone who made the event a tremendous success: enthusiastic players, our generous sponsors, many hardworking volunteers, and Boston MedFlight staff.
Mark your calendars to join us for the Fifth Annual Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Brookmeadow Country Club. We’ll see you on the green!
SPONSORS The individuals and businesses listed below provided financial support for the 2018 Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble. We are grateful for their generosity. AAF CPAs Airbus Helicopters Inc. AirSure Limited Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company
FlightSafety Florence Electric Focus Technology Solutions Geotechnical Consultants, Inc. Global Aerospace Grimes and Company Harvard Pilgrim
J. J. Bafaro, Inc.
Ball Consulting Group, LLC
K&K Accoustical Ceilings, Inc.
Barrett & Singal, PC
McArdle, Gannon Associates
Battery Global Advisors/John Oâ€™Connor
MP Masonry, Inc.
Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital
Columbia Construction Company
QuickSilva Law/Loan Depot
Commercial Construction Consulting Inc. (C3)
Controlled Substance Security Consultants
Coverys Community HealthCare Foundation
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Safran Helicopter Engines Signature Flight Support
Time Savers Construction Services
Falcon Air, Inc.
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
IN-KIND DONORS The individuals and businesses listed below supported the 2018 Boston MedFlight Golf Scramble by providing in-kind donations, including items that were included in our auction and raffle. We are grateful for their support. A&A Balloon Rides LLC
Mr. Thomas Hudner III
Huntington Theatre Company
Ball Consulting Group LLC
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Bank of America
Jammie Luce Massage Therapy
Boston Harbor Cruise
Lucky Strike Social Boston
New England Corvette
Trull Brook Golf & Tennis Center
Village Green Nurseries
FCM Travel Solutions
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Foxwoods Resort Casino
XV Beacon Hotel
NEW MANSFIELD BASE To better serve patients across southeastern Massachusetts, in March of 2018 Boston MedFlight opened a new base of operations in Mansfield, MA. The new base enables us to improve emergency response times to the I-95 corridor, south coast, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Marthaâ€™s Vineyard. The new Mansfield base features office, maintenance, and rest facilities to accommodate a helicopter, ground ambulance, and crew. In addition to a base manager, a crew of four staff this facility for a 12-hour shift every day. The Mansfield facility joins our other bases in Bedford, Lawrence, and Plymouth. 16
Boston MedFlight has a staff of 160 people at four bases.
NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR FLEET Boston MedFlight is committed to operating and maintaining the safest aircraft in the industry. As part of this commitment, we operate only dual-engine, instrument flight rule–certified helicopters equipped with the best technology available. In 2018, we purchased three new Airbus H145 helicopters as part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade and standardize our fleet of aircraft.
RECOGNITION Neonatal and pediatric transports are a key component of Boston MedFlight’s lifesaving mission. Our commitment to infants and children was recognized last year by the Association of Air Medical Services, which named Boston MedFlight recipient of the 2018 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. In October, several Boston MedFlight team members traveled to the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, AZ, to proudly receive the award.
The Airbus H145 is the latest in the BK117 series helicopter line, a model specifically designed for air ambulance operations. Boston MedFlight is the first commercial US air ambulance operator for the H145. More than 100 of these helicopters are operating in Europe. This aircraft is a leader among medium twin-engine helicopter technology, incorporating Airbus Helicopters’ advanced cockpit design and innovative Helionix avionics suite. It features more powerful yet fuel-efficient engines and is 50% quieter than the current model. The H145 has a spacious cabin, rearloading clamshell doors, and a unique quick-start procedure that allows an expedited launch process in as little as four minutes from engine start. Helicopter operations account for approximately 43% of BostonMedFlight’s transports each year. “The H145 platform suits our needs because of its performance, safety, versatility, and reliability,” says Rick Kenin, Chief Operating Officer, Transport. “It is the best all-around vehicle for our mission profile.”
The new aircraft replace Boston MedFlight’s H145 predecessors: two EC145s and a BK117. Boston MedFlight has flown Airbus helicopters since our consortium’s founding in 1985. All of the helicopters owned and operated by Boston MedFlight are flown by highly trained and experienced professional pilots, maintained by licensed aviation mechanics, and crewed by critical care transport nurses and paramedics. Boston MedFlight’s acquisition of the best aircraft available, combined with an unmatched safety culture that strives for excellence, enable us to maintain our position as a recognized industry leader.
Boston MedFlight has five helicopters, seven ground critical care ambulances, and one airplane.
SUPPORTER PROFILE: STEPHEN KARP Building for Good
Through a lifetime of commercial development and community leadership, Stephen Karp has made an indelible mark on greater New England. In addition to his role as chairman and CEO of New England Development, Stephen has spent three decades as a board member for Boston Children’s Hospital (he is a trustee and the immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of Boston Children’s Hospital and trustee and past chairman of Children’s Hospital Trust). Through his work with Children’s, Stephen has long been aware of Boston MedFlight and the organization’s lifesaving mission. “Plenty of miracles have come our way in the form of Boston MedFlight transports safely bringing pediatric patients to our hospital,” Stephen notes. While Stephen can speak from the vantage point of a receiving hospital, he also has the personal perspective of a Nantucket resident. “I’ve had businesses and a home on Nantucket for 30 years,” Stephen notes. “I know people whose lives have been saved by Boston MedFlight. “I’m on the board of Nantucket Cottage Hospital and have been actively involved with the brand-new hospital facility, which opened this winter. Having a place for Boston MedFlight helicopters to land directly adjacent to the hospital was a key element of our strategic plan.”
Stephen points out that many people are unaware of Boston MedFlight’s nonprofit status. “You have to look at the magnitude of what this organization does,” he says. “Boston MedFlight brings more than 300 patients a year to Boston from Nantucket alone, which is almost one transport a day during the summer season—and on some days, four or five transports. Annually, Boston MedFlight provides over $500,000 in free and unreimbursed care to Nantucket patients in need who have little or no medical insurance. It’s vital for us to support this work.” Stephen points out that Boston MedFlight’s nonprofit status means even more than providing care to anyone who needs it, regardless of ability to pay. “The nonprofit model in the air medical industry is very different than the for-profit model. Being a nonprofit enables Boston MedFlight to focus on excellence in patient care and to operate the safest, top-of-the-line equipment, rather than focusing on cutting costs and maximizing profits. If your child needed critical care during an hourlong helicopter flight to Boston, which kind of service would you prefer?”
In 2018, Stephen and his wife, Jill, along with their friend Dr. David Nathan, president emeritus of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, hosted a reception for Boston MedFlight at Nantucket’s historic White Elephant hotel. During the event, Dr. Nathan spoke about his personal experience as a Boston MedFlight patient and urged attendees to join him and the Karp family in supporting the lifesaving nonprofit. After more than a decade of philanthropic support, Stephen and Jill Karp plan to continue their efforts on behalf of Boston MedFlight. “We need to remember that Boston MedFlight is Nantucket’s lifeline to emergency care on the mainland,” Stephen says. “The positive impact that Boston MedFlight has on the lives and well-being of Nantucket residents, business owners, and visitors cannot be overstated.”
DMAT RECOGNITION Going Above and Beyond
A number of Boston MedFlight employees belong to a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) through the National Disaster Medical System. These reservist clinicians are deployed when needed. Boston MedFlight and the Peer Recognition Group (see story at right) acknowledge Mary Arredondo, Todd Denison, Corrine Foster, Bob Holst, and Christine Kociszewski and for their commitment and dedication to serving others. These individuals perform not only their day-to-day duties at Boston MedFlight but also make a difference around the world as DMAT members. We applaud their dedication to this field and appreciate their steadfast commitment to helping others.
Bob Holst is a member of the MetroBoston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT MA-1). He has been a paramedic for 20 years and has spent all of those years as a DMAT team member. Bob has worked at Boston MedFlight as a paramedic for 12 years and most recently became the manager of our Mansfield base of operations. Bob is also a police officer and firefighter.
Todd Denison has been a member of the Metro-Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT MA-1) since 1993 and has made several deployments over the years. He enjoys being able to help in an “austere environment” where his skills can be utilized in a positive way. Todd has been a paramedic at Boston MedFlight for 20 years and also serves as Director of Safety. Mary Arredondo has been an active member for the federal Incident Management Team (IMT) since 2012. This team provides the command and control infrastructure that is required to manage the logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety issues related to natural disasters and emergencies, as well as planned national security events. The IMT that Mary deploys with is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of the medical response (Medical, Mortuary, and Veterinary Teams) to an event.
Corrine Foster is a member of the National Disaster Medical System’s Trauma Critical Care Team (TCCTEast). Corrine joined her DMAT team in 2002 after 9/11 and has been with Boston MedFlight for nearly 11 years. “I enjoy combining the skills from different professions with helping people in a different environment who really need it,” says Corrine. “We are experts in our field and it’s important to offer that to people in crisis.” A nurse for 24 years, she is also a per-diem ER nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Christine Kociszewski has been a member of the Metro-Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT MA-1) since 2012. “I joined because I wanted to learn about disaster management,” she says. “I enjoy being able to help others outside of my own community and to be a part of a larger system.” Chris has been a Boston MedFlight paramedic for more than 22 years and is the manager of our Lawrence base of operations. She has been a nurse for 3 years and works at a hospice house on a per-diem basis.
THE PEER RECOGNITION GROUP Boston MedFlight’s Peer Recognition Group celebrates and honors colleagues’ contributions to the strategic mission of our organization. Working as a committee comprised of volunteers from all BMF departments, the Peer Recognition Group reviews nominations and selects outstanding individuals and teams for acknowledgement and award. All BMF employees are encouraged to support the program by nominating co-workers for jobs particularly well done. The Peer Recognition Group presents awards in the following four categories: SUZANNE WEDEL STAR AWARD The Suzanne Wedel Star Award is given to members of a transport team for displaying remarkable teamwork during a specific mission; mastery of logistics; deep family/patient connection; above-and-beyond medical or emotional care; significant patient advocacy; “can do” attitude; perseverance; and dedication to the mission. This award is presented at a large quarterly staff meeting.
STAFF MVP AWARD Presented annually at the all-staff meeting, the Staff MVP Award is given to a behind-the-scenes individual (such as an administrator or mechanic) who has demonstrated a willingness to collaborate with others and commitment to another individual or the team, continually embracing the concept of going above and beyond to achieve a common goal.
BOSTON MEDFLIGHT COMMUNITY AWARD The Community Award is presented at a bi-annual staff meeting to an individual who consistently provides excellent internal or external customer service (such as courtesy, efficiency, and accuracy) toward staff, patients, families, stakeholders, and partners of Boston MedFlight.
THINK DIFFERENTLY AWARD Also presented at a bi-annual staff meeting, the Think Differently Award is given to an individual who shares a unique and creative idea or process that supports the mission of Boston MedFlight by enhancing operational efficiencies or services, promoting safety in the workplace, or reducing budget expense.
Boston MedFlight was formed by a consortium of leading academic medical centers.
PATIENT & SUPPORTER PROFILE: JEFFREY AND CINDY WISCH Third Time’s a Charm Enjoying a beautiful Saturday evening on vacation, Jeffrey Wisch had a hankering for ice cream. “Let’s drive to the ice cream place,” he suggested to his family after dinner. Jeffrey’s two grown sons liked the idea, while Cindy, Jeffrey’s wife, demurred. Jeffrey and his sons headed out. But no sooner had the trio arrived at the ice cream parlor when Jeffrey began having intense abdominal pain. Jeffrey, who is a medical oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, knew that something was clearly wrong. “On second thought,” he said to his sons, “I think we need to go to the hospital.” Jeffrey’s older son, Eric, took the wheel. On arrival at the local hospital, it became clear that Jeffrey was losing a tremendous amount of blood and deteriorating quickly. Medical staff began to transfuse him, but after five units of blood, Jeffrey needed to get to a major hospital in Boston that could address his condition. The medical team summoned Boston MedFlight. “The moment Boston MedFlight arrived on the scene they took control and evaluated me,” Jeffrey recalls. “As we were preparing to get into the helicopter, Kristin, the Boston MedFlight critical care nurse, took my vital signs. To my horror, she said they couldn’t take me. I had no blood pressure and wasn’t stable enough for the flight. But I knew I was bleeding out and had to get to a major referral center. I urged her to reconsider. Knowing I was a physician, Kristin asked if she could give me an infusion to curtail the bleeding—a treatment that had potentially significant side effects. I agreed.” Jeffrey’s bleeding transiently stopped, and the Boston MedFlight (BMF) team prepared to load him into the helicopter. Jeffrey knew how dire his situation was, and he realized the odds were against his survival. “I literally said my goodbyes to my family,” he recalls. Jeffrey’s wife remembers his words. “He said, ‘Cindy, I don’t think I’m going to make it.’ And I said, ‘Jeff, you will make it to Boston before me, but I’ll get there.’ He told me he loved me. I’m pretty emotional, but I couldn’t let myself acknowledge the situation. I was focused on figuring out how to get the rest of us to Boston.” The Wisches’ youngest son, Alex—who privately believed his dad was going to die—wanted to ride in the helicopter. Kristin conferred with her flight crew and told Alex he couldn’t come because of a weight and payload issue. The helicopter lifted off, with Jeffrey struggling to survive. “As we were approaching Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I was having increasing difficulty breathing,” Jeffrey recalls. “I asked them to turn up the oxygen. Kristin told me the oxygen was already all the way up.” The problem was that Jeffrey had started bleeding again and his blood pressure was once again undetectable. Jeffrey was terrified. “You’re going to be OK,” Kristin told Jeffrey, holding his hand. “We’re nearly there. You’re going to make it.” At the Brigham, a trauma team was waiting for Jeffrey. They transfused him with blood products and admitted him to the ICU, where he was able to receive the critical care he needed. Despite being prepared for the worst, the BMF team accomplished what feels like a miracle to the Wisch family. “Kristin and the BMF team unequivocally 24
“What was so extraordinary to me as a patient and a care provider,” Jeffrey says, “was the absolute professionalism and care Boston MedFlight extended to me as a human being. I wasn’t just a sick person being transported. Their ability to take care of my emotional well-being while administering lifesaving treatment during this very frightening episode is really what care is all about.”
saved my life,” Jeffrey says. “There is no doubt in my mind that had they not taken a chance to transport me, I wouldn’t have made it. I give complete credit to the flight team—Kristin, Larry (the paramedic), and John (the pilot). I’ve been at this for decades, and I know quality care when I see it. There is no better group of folks than Boston MedFlight.” After several days in the ICU, Jeffrey called Kristin to thank her for saving his life. Touched, Kristin confessed that she’d never received a call from a patient before. She also confessed that while she’d told Alex he couldn’t ride in the helicopter because of a weight issue, the real reason had been that they didn’t think Jeffrey was going to make it. Jeffrey still fills with emotion when recalling his BMF experiences. “Years ago, training in my residency, people were often triaged from remote locations. I never thought I would be on the receiving end of this kind of care. You don’t need it until you need it—and then it’s lifesaving.”
Try, Try Again After several weeks, Jeffrey was cleared to resume his normal activities. He and Cindy decided to try vacationing again, hoping for a better outcome this time. “And all of a sudden, I developed bleeding again,” says Jeffrey. “This second episode wasn’t as severe, but again I was at a community hospital that didn’t feel
they could deal with the situation. They had me airlifted back to the Brigham.” Jeffrey had a different BMF crew on this flight, and he found them to possess the same level of extraordinary care and professionalism. “On this flight, since it was daytime,” Jeffrey recalls, “I had a great view out the back window. I joked that they could make a few extra bucks by selling that extra spot to tourists.” Jeffrey made it to the Brigham and again he recovered. When Jeffrey finally resumed work part time, he was slightly anemic, but decided he’d had enough with blood transfusions for the time being. The first patient he saw was a nun who had been under his care for decades. Jeffrey recalls: “She looked at me and said in her Irish brogue, ‘Dr. Wisch, you look a wee bit tired and pale!’ I gave her the abridged version of my saga and told her I’d almost met my maker. She listened intently and said, ‘Dr. Wisch, I know you’ve always been caring with your patients and I bet this experience impacts how you look at things.’ I told her she was right. She pointed her finger at me and said, ‘There’s some very good news here, Dr. Wisch: Neither God nor the devil wanted you, but obviously your patients did.’ I couldn’t get over it. ‘Sister,’ I said, ‘can I hug you?’” Jeffrey’s astute patient was right about how his patient experience impacted his provision of care. “I’ve always felt that taking care of patients
is more than taking care of their cancer,” Jeffrey says. “You need to take care of patients emotionally as well as take care of their families in order to provide complete care. Having gone through this experience makes me even more deeply aware of the importance of human touch and trusting professionalism.”
On the Water A year after Jeffrey’s repeat booking with BMF, the Wisches accepted an invitation from BMF to attend a fundraising event on Nantucket Island. As experienced, lifelong sailors, Jeffrey and Cindy decided to sail to Nantucket with their dog and enjoy a week on the island. As they motored to a mooring, Cindy headed down below to get something. “I thought my foot was on the last rung, but it wasn’t,” Cindy recalls. She missed the last step, went flying, and slammed her chest against the edge of a table. “The next thing I heard was a loud scream,” Jeffrey remembers. Cindy had suffered a severe injury to her chest and was having difficulty functioning. “It takes two people to bring the boat in,” Cindy says. “Typically, I pick up the mooring. I had to get up onto the deck and take the wheel. The pain was excruciating, but somehow I made it to the helm. Jeffrey got us moored and called the harbor master who in turn called the Coast Guard. I was really scared. The Coast Guard came alongside with
Left to Right: John Tonelli, Boston MedFlight Communications Specialist, Cindy Crofts-Wisch, Dr. Jeffrey Wisch, Eric Wisch, and Elizabeth Knight.
a few guys from the Nantucket Fire Department. They strapped me onto a stretcher and got me to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.” Cindy had four broken ribs and was bleeding into her lung cavity. She needed a chest tube—which meant she needed to get to tertiary care in Boston. But due to poor visibility, all flights had been grounded. The hospital team was able to stabilize Cindy and keep her comfortable. “My oldest son came out to the island to help figure out what to do with the dog and the boat,” Cindy recalls. “Meanwhile, I was flying high on whatever pain medication they were giving me. My family seemed to like me in that relaxed state. They asked the doctors: ‘Can we keep her like this?’” When visibility returned the following day, a BMF crew arrived to transport Cindy to the Brigham. “The crew was excited because we were going to fly in a brand-new helicopter,” Cindy recalls. “Now, I’m a person who doesn’t want to fly under the best of circumstances; I want to be on the ocean. I looked at the crew and said, ‘We’re going to fly in a brandnew helicopter?’ They told me not to worry and assured me the helicopter had been thoroughly tested. Then they put me in the back. This young paramedic asked if I needed any more medication. I said, ‘I’m really kind of scared.’ He told me everything was going to be all right. I asked him to hold my hand, and he did. Until you’re in a situation like that, you really have no idea what the touch of another human being can do when you’re terrified and in pain.” At the Brigham, a thoracic surgeon was waiting for Cindy. After a fiveday stay she was able to return home and begin her recovery. “But,” Cindy says with a laugh, “I had to call Boston MedFlight and tell them I wasn’t going to make it to the fundraiser!”
Dr. Jeffrey Wisch (right) speaks with Dr. David Nathan.
Supporting the Human Touch In addition to being BMF patients, Jeffrey and Cindy are generous MedFlight donors. Their reasons for supporting BMF are clear. “First, Boston MedFlight is a nonprofit,” Jeffrey says. “They will fly anybody in need. Two, and most importantly, I’ve had the opportunity to meet three Boston MedFlight crews. The professionalism and extraordinary training these individuals receive is second to none. To be able to perform at that level and still exhibit such humanistic care for a patient—to me that speaks volumes, particularly since I’m an oncologist and I understand the importance of the human touch.” Cindy points out that healthy people typically don’t think about BMF. “Jeff and I are two very healthy, active human beings,” Cindy observes. “Neither of us had ever been hospitalized prior to these episodes. Whether it’s an accident or an unexpected illness, you don’t think about Boston MedFlight until you need them. That’s why we all need to think about supporting this organization, before the need arises.” Subsequent to his experience as a patient, Jeffrey had the opportunity to visit BMF and observe the organization’s simulation training lab firsthand. “I was deeply impressed by the simulation training these professionals undergo. It’s so important in medicine. You need to be able to act on instinct. The protocols have to become ingrained. It’s apparent to me that with their simulator, Boston MedFlight does just that.” Cindy hopes to attend a future BMF fundraiser. In the meantime, she and Jeffrey are in solid agreement: “Frequent-flyer programs have their advantages, but we’d just as soon not participate in this one again if we can avoid it.”
BY THE NUMBERS 4,565
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Cities and towns transported from
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States transported from
Amount spent for pilot simulation training
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Patients transported since 1985
Boston MedFlightâ€™s annual operating budget
BOSTON MEDFLIGHT IN THE COMMUNITY
Gillette Stadium Presentation to area EMS providers.
In 2018, Boston MedFlight participated in 86 community outreach presentations, reaching more than 14,000 people.
A group of students from Concord-Carlisle High School visit Boston MedFlight.
Boston MedFlight Critical Care Transport Specialist Bill Olsen speaks to students at The Fenn School in Concord, MA. 28
Boston MedFlight crew with members of the Concord Fire Department who assisted in filming our Landing Zone Safety video.
Children and adults explore our EC145 at the 2018 Marthaâ€™s Vineyard Hospital Health Fair.
Boston MedFlight Santa bringing holiday cheer to children at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Boston MedFlight Critical Care Ground Ambulance outside a 2018 presentation at Gillette Stadium.
WAYS TO GIVE
MATCHING GIFTS 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.
Boston MedFlight gratefully accepts charitable gifts made by check, credit card, appreciated securities or bequests, as well as in-kind gifts. All gifts to Boston MedFlight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible. CHECK Checks may be mailed to our headquarters at Boston MedFlight, 150 Hanscom Drive, Bedford, MA, 01730. CREDIT CARD Donors can make a secure gift online with a credit card through the Boston MedFlight 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. STOCK 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 email@example.com.
BEQUESTS AND OTHER ESTATE GIFTS 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 page 39 for more information). CAPITAL GIFTS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-457-5316.
TRIBUTE GIFTS 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). IN-KIND GIFTS An easy, cashless, and tax-friendly way to make a donation is with an inkind 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.
DONOR LISTINGS The donors listed below made outright gifts to Boston MedFlight during our 2018 fiscal year (October 1, 2017 to Semptember 30, 2018). $20,000 and above Anonymous Airbus Helicopters, Inc.* Arbella Insurance Foundation* Columbia Construction Company Dr. Alasdair Conn* Ms. Susan Zises Green The Meyer & Jean Steinberg Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. James Hackett Hackett Family Foundation Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Kohlberg Foundation* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Menschel* Charina Endowment Fund* Tupancy-Harris Foundation* $10,000-$19,999 Augusta and Gill Holland, Jr. Augusta Brown Holland Philanthropic Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Bell Stuart and Susan Bell Family Foundation Ms. Polly Brown* Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc. Mr. Robert Dowling* Dowling Insurance Agency* Mr. and Mrs. Charles Geschke Mr. Tony Hatoun and Ms. Andrea Levitt* Mr. and Mrs. Julian Joffe Mr. Scott Ulm and Ms. Pamela Wilton Ulm Charitable Fund Vineyard Golf Club Foundation*
$5,000-$9,999 Anonymous AirSure Limited Barrett and Singal, PC Ms. Nancy C. Berube* Stephen and Alice Cutler Family Foundation* Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Davis Mr. and Mrs. William Devin Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Field* Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gerstner Gerstner Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson C and A Johnson Family Foundation Metro Aviation Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mittenthal* Nantucket Golf Club Foundation* Ms. Ann Prestipino* Safran Helicopter Engines USA, Inc. Mr. Robert Stansky Dr. and Mrs. John West* $1,000-$4,999 AAFCPAs Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company Mr. and Mrs. Merrick Andlinger Ms. Mariann Berg Hundahl Appley* Armstrong Ambulance Services Mr. and Mrs. Gary Beller* Jody and Brian Berger Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bossidy Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Brown Mr. and Mrs. Grant Cambridge Mr. and Mrs. William Camp Liberty St. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Capobianco* Ms. Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan* Mr. Kenneth Casey
Cataldo Ambulance Service Mr. Christopher Cherry* Mr. Tom Clarke and Ms. Alison Hodges Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation Mrs. Martha Cox* The Cox Foundation* Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Dâ€™Agostino Mr. Paul Dowling Dr. and Mrs. William Druckemiller* Mr. and Mrs. Michael Eisenson First Congregational Church in Nantucket Florence Electric Focus Technology Solutions Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Goetze Mr. Paul Gray Grimes and Company, Inc. Ms. Carolyn Grimes Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gulley Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Mrs. Lucile Hays* Mr. Peter Healy Maura and Scott Hughes Mrs. Gloria Jarecki The Brightwater Fund J.J. Bafaro, Inc. Mr. John Jeffries Mr. and Mrs. John Kilgallon Mr. Thomas Killian Dr. Monica Kleinman Mr. Willard Lee Mr. Andrew Levine Love Is Magic Foundation, Inc. Charina Foundation* M P Masonry, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Power Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Proano
* Indicates five or more years of consecutive giving
ProEMS Mr. and Mrs. Steve Renehan Ms. Sylvia Richards-Gerngross Dr. Michael Rosenblatt and Ms. Patricia Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rosenthal Mr. and Mrs. David Ross Ross Foundation Ms. Emily Scott Ms. Randee Seiger SevenBar Aviation Siasconset Union Chapel Signature Flight Support Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Ms. Eileen Sporing Starr Aviation Mr. Robert Sylvia* Mr. Brian Trelease UDA Architects Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) Mr. and Mrs. Donald VanDyke Village Green Nurseries Dr. Ron Walls Mr. and Mrs. Tom Weinstock* Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Wisch Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wolpow*
$500-$999 Aisling Partners Insurance Brokerage, LLC Dr. Stanley Ashley Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Baptista Dr. and Mrs. David Barlow* Dr. Brien Barnewolt Ms. Lucinda Barrett Mr. Kenneth Bartels and Ms. Jane Condon* Dr. Alastair Bell Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Dept. Dr. Peter Burke Mr. Stephen Christy Ms. Pamela Van Hoven Clark* Controlled Substance Security Consultants, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James Cowperthwait Mrs. Christina Craighead Curtis Strategy Mr. William Doyle Mr. James Duffy Falcon Air, Inc. FlightSafety International, Inc. Geotechnical Consultants, Inc. Glidden and Glidden, PC Global Aerospace Ms. Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Mr. and Mrs. Michael Heffernan Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hooker Mr. James Ikard Industrial Communications J. Brown Builders Jefferies and Company, Inc. Mr. George Kaplan Mr. Thomas Kelly Ms. Joan Lapham* Mr. Robert Lipp and Ms. Martha Berman The Bari Lipp Foundation, Inc. Loan Depot Plymouth Mr. Jered Maguire McArdle Gannon Associates, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Meaney Drs. William Meehan and Laura Roebuck* Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Mortenson Mr. Kevin Murphy Ms. Beth Myers Mr. and Mrs. David Northrup* Mr. David Norton Mr. and Mrs. William Pfeil* Quicksilva Law Robert Lloyd Corkin Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rogers Denise and Anthony Schepici Mr. Darr Smoller Mr. and Mrs. Robert T.P. Storer III Ms. Carolyn Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. John Sussek, Jr. Mrs. Mary Usuriello Richard G. Verney Gilbert Verney Foundation W.T. Kenney Co., Inc. Ms. Wendy Warring* Mr. Bruce L. Warwick Mrs. Delores Wedel Ms. Janis Wentzell A Storage Solution* Mr. and Mrs. F. Helmut Weymar* Twin Chimney, Inc.* Dr. and Mrs. Richard Wolfe $250-$499 Anonymous Amore Electric, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Joel Aronson* Ball Consulting Group, LLC Ms. Susan Bettencourt Mr. Clinton Bridges Ms. Karen Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chalke Mr. Prentice Claflin Mr. and Mrs. Allen Collins* Mr. Charles Cook Mr. James Crabtree*
Mrs. Karen Cross Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cummings Ms. Lisa Dale Mr. David DeRosa Mr. Nicholas DiBlasi Mr. John Duggan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Egan Exploration School* Extreme Networks Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Farkas The Fenn School Student Senate Mr. Robert Gease Carl and Nancy Gewirz Fund Mr. Wah Goon Mr. David Hamilton Dr. Margot Hartmann Mr. Khaled Hashem Mr. and Mrs. David Hatch* The Horchow Family Chatham Hill Investment Partnership Ms. Denice Joyce K & K Acoustical Ceilings, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Karger Ms. Dawn Kesseli Ms. Jean Levins Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Lodico Mr. Thomas Loring Mr. Mark Luthringshauser Mr. Thomas Malone Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Martinez Mrs. Marilee Matteson Ms. Ann Marie McCaffrey Mrs. Peter deF. Millard* Mr. and Mrs. G Nicholas Miller Dr. and Mrs. David Nathan Ms. Nancy Newhouse Mr. John M. Oâ€™Connor Ms. Elaine Oliver Mrs. Helene Patterson Hector and Janet Pope Mr. Mark Pumphret Reliance Standard Risk Strategies Company Mr. Mark Rubenstein
* Indicates five or more years of consecutive giving
DONOR LISTINGS Ms. Malisa Schuyler Mr. Christopher Shannon Dr. and Mrs. Robert Shapiro* Mr. Ronald Simpkins Mr. and Mrs. Guy Snowden Taylor and Lloyd, Inc. Time Savers Construction Services Mr. and Mrs. Michael Varbalow* Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vaughan Mr. and Mrs. Donald Visco Mr. and Mrs. Scott Whitlock Up to $249 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Mark Abbott Mr. E. Brady Aikens Ms. Cristina Ajemian Mrs. Denise Albano Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Aldrich Mr. and Mrs. Francis Aliberte* Ms. Selma Alic Rev. and Mrs. Edward Anderson Mr. Walter Aranguena Mr. Todd Arnow Mr. Ronald C. Arruda* Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Asiaf Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ausevich Mr. Robert Averbuck Avon Foundation for Women, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David Baer Mrs. Anne Bailliere Mrs. Mary Ballinger Mrs. Michelle Balzarini Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bardsley III Ms. Carol Barrett Mr. and Mrs. John Bartholdson Mr. and Mrs. William Bartlett Mrs. Edith Barzelay Mr. and Mrs. George Bassett Mr. Frank Batista* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baxter Mr. and Mrs. Willi Beck Mrs. Marcelle Ben David Ms. Sally Berkowitz
Ms. Jeanette Bice Mrs. Joan Binford Ms. Marisa Biodi Mr. Gerald Biondi* Ms. Janet Birch* Ms. Katherine Blumm and Mr. Michael de Zayas Mr. Anthony Bonome Mr. and Mrs. George Botelho Bottomline Technologies Ms. Kathleen Bousquet Mr. Michael Boylan* Dr. Michael Bralower Mr. Robert Brandano* Mrs. Joanne Brandt Ms. Ginna Bretschneider Rev. James Broderick* Mr. David Brous Mr. David S. J. Brown Ms. Diana Brown Mrs. Shelley Brown* Mr. John Buchanan* Ms. Laura Buck Ms. Janet Bumpus Mrs. Agnes Burke Ms. Katherine Burke Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burke Mrs. Mary Burns Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Cabot Ms. Kathy Caccamo Ms. Madelyn Canniff* Canton Firefighters Association Ms. Laura Capua Mr. and Mrs. William Carlson Mrs. Rosanne Carney Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Carrey* Mrs. Irene Carroll Ms. Eliese Catarius Ms. Marion Cavicchi Mr. Joseph Cazeault Mr. Nicholas Celia Dr. and Mrs. Adam Cerel Mr. and Mrs. Richard Charpie* Mr. and Mrs. Neal Chisholm
Ms. Sandra Ciciora Ms. Danielle Clancy Ms. Phyllis Cognato Mrs. Jeanne Cohane Ms. Nancy Colby Ms. Evelyn Comeau Ms. Linda Conaway Mrs. Carol Connelly Mr. and Mrs. John Connors Mr. Scott Conrad Mr. David Conrardy Mr. William Coppinger Ms. Juliet Cordeiro Mr. and Mrs. David Cores* Mr. Stephen Costa Ms. Tiffany Cote Mr. Paul Crisostamo Ms. Mary Cristiano Ms. Jacquelyn Crones Ms. Amanda Cross Ms. Kathryn Cruice Mrs. Theresa Curtis Ms. Sherrie Cutler Ms. Danielle Dalton Mr. Richard Dauphinee Mr. and Mrs. William Dawson Ms. Marilyn Day Mr. and Mrs. Manuel DeBettencourt Mr. Mark Deck Mr. Ermio Deluca Ms. Laurene Demoy Mr. Ray DeRosa Mrs. Deborah Desmarais Ms. Donna Desmond Susan M. Deutsch Foundation Mr. Robert Dias* Mr. and Mrs. John Doelp Mrs. Sally Donnellan* Mrs. Mary Druan Ms. Lucille Dubois Ms. Meredith Dunn Mr. David Earl Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eastman Ms. Dana Eastman
Mrs. Carol Ellsworth* Ms. Alice Emerson Empower Retirement Mrs. Cordelia Eonas Mr. and Mrs. John Erickson Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Esteban* Mr. Nicholas Eufrazio Mr. Stephen Evanchik Mr. and Mrs. Robert Falkenburg Mr. and Mrs. Morton L. Fearey II Mr. and Mrs. Morton Fearey, Jr.* Mr. Lewis Ferretti Ms. Laraine Fiereck Mrs. Joan Fisher* Ms. Nancy Fitzpatrick Ms. Elena Fleischman Mr. Gary Flodin Mr. Michael Flynn Mr. Paul Foley Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fontaine Ms. Anne Forbes Ms. Donna Fowler Mr. Edward Fox Ms. Cynthia Foy Mr. Carl Peter Fredland*
Mr. Mark Fredland* Mr. Charles Frost Dr. Robert Gagel Ms. Nancy Gagne Mrs. Patricia Gallagher Mrs. Sarah Galpern* Mr. Samuel Galvagno Mr. Brendan Galvin Mr. Peter Gamelin Ms. Felicia Garcia Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Garon Ms. Donna Gauthier and Ms. Joyce Pimental Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gentner Ms. Joan George Ms. Amanda Gibeau Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gibson Mr. Charles F. Gieg Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth Gilbert Mr. Raymond Giuffre and Ms. Louise Canuel Mr. and Mrs. George Gomez Mrs. Pauline Goodale Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Goodwillie Jr. Mr. Christopher Gortzig
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gould Mrs. Martha Granese Mr. Nicholas Grant Mrs. Phyllis Greenberg Ms. Toby Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Garth Grimmer Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hainsworth Mrs. Anne Hall* Mrs. Katherine Hallam Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hamblin Mr. and Mrs. James Harmon Mr. and Mrs. Ken Harris Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harris Ms. Nancy Harvey Mr. John Hawke Ms. Candice Haynes Ms. Lynne Hermanspan* Ms. Abby Hiatt Shepp Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hill Ms. Grace Hinkley* Mr. Ed Hogan Mr. and Mrs. Michael Horvitz* Ms. Julie Hubbard Mr. Robert Hubertus Mr. Thomas Hudner III
* Indicates five or more years of consecutive giving
DONOR LISTINGS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hughes Mr. Paul Hunter Mrs. Deborah Hutchinson Mr. and Mrs. Larrie Ingalls* Mr. John Ippolito Mr. Stephen Jacobstein Mrs. Donna Javier Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jean Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jekanowski Ms. Arlene Jelloe Mr. Paul Jenkins Mr. Brandon Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Johnson Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson Ms. Alice Jones Mrs. Alvida Jones Mr. John Kann Ms. Torry Stamm Ms. Daris Keeler Mrs. Gail Keene Mrs. Anne S. Kelly* Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly Mrs. Katherine Kelly Mr. Mark Kempton Ms. Carole Kibner Ms. Mary Ann Killgoar* Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Klassman Mr. William Knight Mr. Bill Koutrobis* Mr. Eliot Krause Ms. Barbara Kupelnick Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kussin Mr. George Kyte Ms. Marilyn Lally* Mr. David Lamoureux Ms. Nancy Lampe Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Leach* Mr. Seddon Legg* Mr. and Mrs. Joel Leider Ms. Joan Leighton Ms. Paige Lemmermann Ms. Lucy Leske
Mr. Gerard Letendre Ms. Marie Letteri Mr. and Mrs. Michael Levy Mrs. Susan Coyne The Lewis Foundation Ms. Janette Lewis Mr. Justin Lewis Ms. Elizabeth Liao Mr. Lloyd Licciardello Mrs. Mary Litwinsky Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lochhead* Mr. Stephen Lomanno Mrs. Meredith Lombardi Mr. and Mrs. William Lothian Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lowe Mr. and Mrs. Gordon MacEwan Mr. Richard C. Mack Ms. Barbara MacLean Mr. and Mrs. J. Clarence Madore Ms. Carol Mahony Mrs. Irene Maio Ms. Elizabeth Marsh Ms. Claire Masciarelli Mr. Francis Masse Mr. Rodney Maurice Ms. Allison Mayer Ms. Deanna McCormack Ms. Patricia McCornack Mr. and Mrs. John McCullough III Mrs. Barbara McDonald Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. McMullen Mr. Donald McNeice* Mr. George McNulty Mrs. Linea McQuay Mr. and Mrs. Jim McSweeney Ms. Beth Mee Ms. Nancy Mee Mr. James Meigs Ms. Cristin Merck Mr. Charles Meyer Mrs. Janet Micari Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mintz* Mrs. Margaret Mitchell Mrs. Margie Montano
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Mr. Robert Ullenbruch Mr. Robert Vinson Mr. and Mrs. D. Warren Vose Ms. J W Mr. Michael Wagstaff Mr. Scott Waldron Mr. and Mrs. Tom Walsh Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wasierski* Ms. Sherri Waskiewicz Dr. and Mrs. William Welch* Mr. and Mrs. Herbert White Mr. Scott Whittle Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wight Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiley* Mrs. Whitney Wilkinson Ms. Lynda Willauer Mr. and Mrs. Dean Williamson Dr. and Mrs. William Work Ms. Deborah Yelle Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Young Ms. Lise Zapatka Ms. Maria Zodda* Mr. Joseph Zoppa
* Indicates five or more years of consecutive giving
The Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel Legacy Society at Boston MedFlight 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. Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel 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
Let Us Thank You 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 email@example.com. Thank you!
“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
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