Boston MedFlight Chief Pilot Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardOctober 17, 2017 BEDFORD, MA - Boston MedFlight is proud to announce that the organization’s Chief Pilot, Lynda Colarossi, has been chosen by the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) to receive the 2017 William T. Winn Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Lynda was nominated based on her long career as the consummate aviation professional. Her unique ability to both pilot our aircraft with the utmost skill, provide reassurance and comfort to our patients and their families, and pass along her knowledge and experience by training new members of the Boston MedFlight team made her the obvious choice for this prestigious recognition,” stated Rick Kenin, Boston MedFlight’s General Manager of Aviation Operations.
This competitive award honors the best that the air ambulance industry has to offer in professionalism, technical expertise, safety, and leadership to include being involved in and having contributed to the air medical and aviation industries, and was presented to Lynda at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 16, 2017.
Lynda joined Boston MedFlight in 2001 and immediately distinguished herself with her tremendous technical skill, work ethic, perseverance and attention to detail. In her role as Chief Pilot, Lynda has been central to several key initiatives, including the development of Global Positioning System (GPS) instrument approach procedures to the downtown Boston hospital helipads (the first such system in proximity to a major metropolitan airport anywhere in the U.S.), achieving Boston MedFlight’s FAA Part-135 operating certificate, and training pilots in Boston MedFlight’s aviation protocols. Lynda is a mentor and role model for many in the air medical industry, both within Boston MedFlight and outside of the organization.
The National EMS Pilots Association is a professional organization dedicated to serving pilots involved in the air-medical transport industry, and to improving the quality and safety of those services.
About Boston MedFlight:
Boston MedFlight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1985 that provides critical care medical transport to the region’s most severely ill and injured patients with its fleet of helicopters, airplane and ground vehicles, all of which are outfitted with state of the art medical equipment and serve as mobile intensive care units. With highly-trained critical care nurses and critical care paramedics, Boston MedFlight transports adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients with a very diverse range of diagnoses, including medical, trauma, and neurological, respiratory, cardiac, and obstetrical concerns. Each year Boston MedFlight completes over 4,000 patient transports, and cares for patients in need regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, providing over $3 million each year in free and unreimbursed care to patients with little or no medical insurance. www.BostonMedFlight.org