November 2002

St. Anthony Hospitals
Flight for Life Celebrates 30 Years


The Flight for Life program at St. Anthony Hospitals in Denver, Colo., part of Centura Health, recently celebrated 30 years of continuous service with a weekend of events that included reunions of former crew members and a fundraising dinner attended by 600 supporters.

Flight for Life was the first hospital-based civilian air ambulance program in the United States and has served as the model for approximately 300 air ambulance programs worldwide. The program flies an average of 3,000 missions each year and has logged more than 60,000 missions since 1972.

Flight for Life’s uniquely experienced crew and staff includes 19 full-time flight nurses, 16 flight paramedics, 10 emergency medical technicians, eight respiratory therapists and 12 pilots. They use a fleet of two helicopters, three fixed-wing aircraft and three critical care ground ambulances to transport critically ill patients throughout Colorado and eight surrounding states. Flight for Life is certified by the Commission for Accreditation of Medical Transport Services, the first program in Colorado to achieve this certification.