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December 8, 2013

CareFlite Pink Shirt campaign nets $1,487

Each October, CareFlite encourages its crews to wear a pink T-shirt to support the effort to find a cure for breast cancer. This year’s campaign, by far the largest yet, raised $1,487 from the sale of 1487 T-shirts. While it started originally as an internal campaign, many others in health care saw the shirts and asked to participate this year. One dollar from each shirt went to the campaign. 

Established in 1979, CareFlite is the oldest joint use air medical transportation service in the nation. It is the only, fully-integrated medical transport company serving North Texas. It operates the only air medical helicopters based in Dallas County and in Fort Worth.

CareFlite’s helicopter EMS responds to requests from hospitals, fire departments, EMS agencies and law enforcement within a service area of more than 100 counties in a 150-mile radius of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex containing more than 5.8 million people.  CareFlite currently has nine (9) helicopters in its fleet including four new, state of the art, Bell 407GX’s delivered this year.

CareFlite also operates a fixed wing air ambulance within a 500 mile radius of the DFW Airport.

In addition to CareFlite’s ground ambulance/911 EMS service in SE Dallas County, Balch Springs, Ellis County ESD #5, Hill County and Johnson County, other ground ambulance services are offered in Collin, Denton, Dallas, Erath, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant Counties.

CareFlite’s membership program protects families against out of pocket costs for air and/or ground ambulance transports operated by CareFlite, Air Life in San Antonio and Halo Flight in Corpus Christi. More than 200,000 people in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma are Members of CareFlite.

CareFlite has transported over 700,000 patients since its founding in 1979. 

Other services include an outstanding continuing education program for Nurses, Paramedics and EMT’s at CareFlite’s new state of the art Mabee EMS Training Center in Grand Prairie. The company also sponsors the annual CareFlite Emergency Care Update Conference at the Arlington Convention Center (scheduled this year for May 21st and 22nd). First held in 1982, the ECU is believed to be the oldest first responder conference in the United States. It is open to first responders and health care professionals. CareFlite also offers a medical service bicycle team and a mounted team for community events.

CareFlite, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is sponsored by Baylor Healthcare, JPS Health Network, Methodist Health System, Parkland Health and Hospital and Texas Health Resources.

For more information, visit www.careflite.org

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