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Boston MedFlight buys $8m helicopter

Boston MedFlight, a not-for-profit organization that provides critical care transport service, said it is purchasing a new $8 million helicopter to replace one of the three helicopters in its fleet.

The new helicopter is an American Eurocopter EC145 and is expected to be delivered in August.

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Among other features, the EC145 has an extra-large cabin for caring for a variety of patients, including those requiring specialized medical equipment.

Noting that it does not receive any public funding, Boston MedFlight said it has applied for tax exempt financing for this purchase through Mass Development. Boston MedFlight is financially supported in part by a consortium of Boston hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center.

“We are excited about this addition to our fleet,” Suzanne Wedel, Boston MedFlight medical director and chief executive, said in a statement. “This new helicopter will help us continue to provide exceptional care to the people of Massachusetts and the islands.”

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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