MedFlight was established in April of 1995. MedFlight is made possible by our consortium hospitals including Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospitals (OhioHealth), The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and Kettering Health System, as on affiliate. MedFlight also has partnerships with other hospitals including Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other pediatric centers of excellence.
In 1994, Columbus based Grant Medical Center and Ohio State University Medical Center announced plans to consolidate LifeFlight and SkyMed, the hospitals’ helicopter transport services, into a new entity called MedFlight. At that time, both hospitals worked to create a separate company, keeping in mind that the consolidation would save millions of healthcare dollars annually by eliminating duplication and simplifying access to emergency transportation, while maintaining high-quality care.
MedFlight's former president and CEO Rod Crane said the service did better than anyone thought 18 years ago. "The sponsoring hospitals originally estimated cost savings of around $500,000 to $1.5 million in the first year of operation, Crane says. They planned to subsidize us with $1.2 million the first year, and a second year subsidy of half that amount. By the third year, projections called for the company to be self-supporting. In short, the owner hospitals had departed from the traditional hospital owned model to create a lean, critical care machine that would be prepared for the challenges of the new millennium."
"We exceeded the projection by 18 months," Crane says. "The Board of Directors was pleased, and the community that we served." Indeed, the board has much to be pleased about. Neither Grant/Riverside nor The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is incurring losses anymore regarding these services.
After two years of operation, the company was solvent. As a Non-Profit company any surplus from that year and recent years is invested back into the service as MedFlight serves Ohio and provides medical transportation solutions for patients and their caregivers.
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