MedFlight acquires 100% of MedCare Ambulance

MedCare Ambulance to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ohio Medical Transportation (dba MedFlight of Ohio)

COLUMBUS, OHIO, March 6, 2020

Columbus, Ohio-based MedFlight has purchased 100% of MedCare Ambulance. This arrangement will strengthen MedFlight’s ability to enhance a complete range of transportation options for their consortium hospitals including The OSU Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth, their networks, and many referral hospitals throughout Ohio.

The purchase brings MedCare Ambulance under one ownership. Previously, MedFlight owned 60% of MedCare. The company intends to set a new standard as they focus on quality service and safety. The arrangement will allow for future ground based patient transportation growth and expansion to better serve patients in Ohio. MedFlight will oversee leadership and operations through the direction of its non-profit owner hospitals to continue to build a quality ALS/BLS service based on what MedFlight has done regarding critical care air and ground medical transportation service solutions.

"MedFlight has been a leader in critical care transportation for decades. By owning and fully operating MedCare, we will work hard to join our expertise with MedCare, invest more into the service, and continue to improve the service delivery and quality clinical care people have come to know with MedFlight. As we further enhance and invest in our MedCare operations, we believe the result will be one of the best combined transportation solutions oriented companies in the country. " MedFlight President Tom Allenstein said.

Highlights of the agreement:

  • MedCare is now a wholly owned subsidiary of MedFlight.
  • MedFlight will take over as the managing entity keeping all operations and administrative support within Ohio.
  • MedFlight has been focused on quality and customer service driven operations since its formation in 1995. The combined strength of MedFlight and MedCare will allow both organizations to continue to invest in local medical transportation needs and allow for future expansion when necessary.
  • MedFlight will honor current MedCare contracts as the transition occurs.
  • By working together from positions of strength, both organizations can maximize opportunities to deliver medical transportation services more efficiently and effectively.
  • The change will build upon the commitment of growing and developing clinical care providers interested in medical transportation creating more opportunities for EMT’s, paramedics, and nurses to train and work.

MedFlight Background

Ohio Medical Transportation, Inc. (d.b.a. MedFlight) is a non-profit, charitable 501 (c)(3) company created in April 1995 as a result of consolidating two competing, hospital-owned helicopter programs: Grant LifeFlight and The Ohio State University Hospitals SKYMED. In 1996, MedFlight purchased a ground Mobile ICU (MICU) ambulance service from Riverside Methodist Hospital and integrated critical care ground services into MedFlight.

MedFlight has partnerships with Kettering Health System and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in addition to preferred provider agreements with many Ohio hospitals.

MedFlight received the nation’s air and ground transport service program award in 2014 as Program of the Year. They received the top industry safety award called the Eurocopter Vision Zero Award in 2012 and this past October an employee sponsored CISM program called PAWS won the top industry Community Service Award. They continue to be national leaders in the field of air and ground medical transportation solutions.

MedCare Background

In 2010, MedFlight and another entity announced a joint-venture to create an ALS/BLS ambulance service in central Ohio serving thousands of caregivers and patients annually.

The offices and communication center for MedCare is located in Hilliard, OH and currently operates ambulances and wheelchair vans in communities throughout Ohio with a majority of the ambulances within the greater Columbus area.