Airlift Hope Southeast Affiliated With Mercy Medical
Patients and families caught in a
health crisis requiring distant travel can find assistance through
a new program called Airlift Hope Southeast, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization that offers charitable and charitably-assisted medical
air transportation options in Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Airlift Hope Southeast functions as a regional arm of Mercy
Medical Airlift (MMA), a partnership both parties say ensures good
stewardship and quality of services. MMA is the nation's largest
and oldest national nonprofit organization facilitating charitable
medical air transportation, and has received Charity Navigator's
highest four-star rating for six consecutive years.
Airlift Hope Southeast's mission is, "To ensure that no patient
is denied access to distant, specialized medical evaluation,
diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical
air transportation; and to ensure that emergency air transportation
needs are met in times of personal or community disaster, either
natural or man-made."
By dialing 770-320-0172, callers can receive a free consultation
from resource specialists matching needs with appropriate travel
programs. Patients, families, case workers, and health care
professionals calling for help will be triaged and referred to one
of three modes of transport, depending on the need. This includes
air ambulance for non-ambulatory patients, charitable airline
tickets, or transport in light aircraft flown by volunteer
In addition to helping patients, Airlift Hope Southeast serves
as the conduit for coordination with HSEATS (Homeland Security
Emergency Air Transportation System) and its response to natural or
man-made disasters on southeastern and southern US coasts. HSEATS
completed over 2,600 flights in support of Katrina disaster relief
efforts in 2005.
Dr. Peter Stacpoole is the associate dean for clinical research
and training at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He
praises Airlift Hope Southeast as "a new national paradigm for
providing healthcare delivery for those who traditionally have
fallen through the cracks of our healthcare system."