Grant Will Expand Medical Air Transport Services Throughout
Angel Flight of
Virginia, a non-profit charitable air medical transportation
organization serving needy people and their families, will expand
its outreach to rural communities throughout Virginia. The program
plans to increase its pilot and volunteer recruitment in order to
improve its social service case work throughout rural Virginia.
"Every day, Angel Flight of Virginia upholds its mission of
ensuring that financially-needy patients have access to distant
specialized medical care through air transport," said Jim Smith,
Executive Director, Angel Flight Mid- Atlantic. "We hope to reach
many people with life-threatening medical situations, especially
those who live in rural communities. We also hope to expand our
network of volunteer pilots statewide."
By providing free life-saving long-distance air transportation
to specialized medical facilities, Angel Flight can help restore
persons with rare diseases or with chronic or life-threatening
illnesses to normal life in the family and community.
"Angel Flight has changed my life," says Steve Craven, a
volunteer pilot and Virginia board member who has flown for Angel
Flight for 10 years. "There is nothing more gratifying than
restoring hope to patients who before had no access to the medical
care they needed."
The expansion of Angel Flight of Virginia's services is made
possible through a 12-month "Mini" Compassion Capital Fund grant of
$50,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families. One hundred percent of
funds will be devoted to the project.
In Fiscal Year 2006, Angel Flight of Virginia had 311 volunteer
pilots who completed 565 missions serving 900 passengers. The
public benefit was $447,711.
Angel Flight of Virginia is part of Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, a
10-state region that coordinates travel missions of 1,000 miles or
less. Angel Flight's mission is to ensure that no needy patient is
denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis
or treatment for lack of long distance medical air
In 2006, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic had nearly 1,500 volunteer
pilots who flew 1,812 missions, with a total of 3,393 passengers
and escorts flown. The public benefit was over $1.8 million.