Boston MedFlight knows a thing or two about cooperation. In fact, it was founded on it.

More than 30 years ago, six competing hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts, came together to create a single helicopter air ambulance service for the local area. The service was set up as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, with the goal of putting patients’ needs first.

It was an unusual approach that has proven to be remarkably effective. From a single helicopter, the service has grown to encompass three bases, four helicopters, one fixed-wing aircraft, and five ground critical care ambulances. Three decades and 60,000 patients after its founding, Boston MedFlight is still going strong, excelling in its mission “to provide the right vehicle to the right patient at the right time and transport them to the right facility.”

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