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Tufts Medical Center celebrates its Adult Trauma Center designation, new helicopter for Boston MedFlight


BOSTON – At a ceremony in the Tufts Medical Center’s Atrium Lobby today, hospital staff celebrated its designation as an Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The event also honored the hospital’s partnership with Boston MedFlight, the Northeast’s largest air medical transport program. The emergency transport service began with its first patient in 1985 – a pediatric patient who was transported to Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center - and recently marked the transport of its 40,000th patient. It recently added a new Sikorsky Model S76 helicopter, which was flown to the Medical Center as part of the celebration.

Prior to its Adult Trauma Center designation, Tufts Medical Center was already renowned for the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at Floating Hospital for Children, the first program of its kind in the country. The hospital had also been providing emergency trauma services, particularly for its neighbors in Chinatown, for many years. President and CEO Ellen Zane said seeking an adult trauma designation from the American College of Surgeons was an appropriate step to take to guarantee trauma patients the best possible care.

“While much of the hard work in earning this designation occurred within our trauma and emergency services departments, seeking it required all our departments to look closely at their operations and make sure they were engaging in best practices,” Zane said. “The scrutiny of the ACS required clinicians across the hospital to make sure that we were offering trauma patients the best possible care, and that in turn has been beneficial to all patients. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to honor all the hard work that went into our application, and to celebrate with our partners from Boston MedFlight. Together we have made a tremendous difference in the survival and healing of numerous trauma patients over the years.”

Boston MedFlight is an independent, non profit organization, providing critical care air and ground transport to thousands of critically-ill New Englanders each year.  Boston MedFlight was created in 1985 through a collaborative effort of Tufts Medical center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital.

“All of us at Boston MedFlight are delighted to celebrate our partnership with Tufts Medical Center. We have partnered with Tufts Medical Center since 1985 to provide the highest quality of care for literally thousands of some of the most severely ill pediatric, cardiac and high-risk obstetrical patients in New England,”  said Suzanne Wedel, MD, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “Through their involvement in helping to educate and train our high-performance medical teams, the professionals at Tufts Medical Center have consistently and enthusiastically demonstrated their ongoing commitment to excellence in medical transport.”


About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

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