BEDFORD -- Boston MedFlight celebrated the opening of a new $17 million headquarters Monday, bringing its operations and administration together under one roof.
The 54,000-square-foot facility opened at Hanscom Field in Bedford.
"We outgrew our old facility probably 10 years ago," said Rich Kenin, chief operations officer for transport. The organization was operating out of the military side of the Hanscom Air Force Base but opted to move over to the civilian side.
This new facility will provide room for their helicopters, airplane and ground transportation, as well as administrative offices and a fitness area for employees.
"We designed our new facility to provide for safe and efficient operations for our staff," said Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. "Our staff care for the most critically ill and injured patients in our region -- this new facility will support the excellent care they provide every day. This state-of-the-art facility includes a medical simulation training lab for our medical crew, communications center where all calls for service are facilitated, and training center for our community education."
MedFlight is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1987, designed to transport critical care and trauma patients to Boston hospitals. It serves all of the Northeastern region, from Washington, D.C., to Maine, with a focus on eastern Massachusetts. Last year, it serviced more than 4,300 patients.
In addition to the Bedford headquarters, Boston MedFlight has facilities in Lawrence, Plymouth and Mansfield.
Kenin said the new headquarters is more efficient to launch from, better meets the needs for training and operations and is more enjoyable for employees.
"Time is important with our patient transports," Kenin said, "and this facility just enhances that."