CareFlite is a Texas, nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation governed by a Board of Directors
with representatives from Texas Health Resources (Harris Methodist, Presbyterian
and Arlington Memorial Hospitals), Methodist Health System, Baylor Health Care System,
Parkland Health and Hospital System, and the JPS Health Network. CareFlite and its
Member Facilities are nonprofit entities committed to
high-quality patient care and community service. CareFlite is the only, fully-integrated
medical transport company serving North Texas.
Established in 1979, CareFlite is the eighth oldest air medical transportation service
in the nation, and the second oldest in Texas. CareFlite began with one helicopter
shared between Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
transporting about 20 patients each month. In 1981, CareFlite began operating a
ground ambulance division in Dallas to support
the helicopters and to provide non-emergency transportation to patients in area
hospitals. Today, CareFlite operates five helicopter bases throughout the Dallas/Fort
Worth Metroplex. All CareFlite helicopters have two engines for added safety. The
Agusta A109 aircraft are equipped for flight under instrument conditions (similar
to the scheduled airlines). CareFlite has 17 FAA approved instrument approaches
to area hospitals throughout North Texas. These approaches permit CareFlite to transport
critical patients to the area's trauma centers and other hospitals offering specialized
care during poor weather conditions. CareFlite is the first non-governmental entity
to undertake such a program in Texas. CareFlite helicopters are based at Methodist
Dallas Medical Center, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Frisco Fire Station
#4, Denton Regional Hospital, and the Granbury Regional Airport. In addition
to its helicopter EMS program, CareFlite also provides a King Air (fixed wing, twin
engine, pressurized, high performance turboprop) air ambulance.
This aircraft can be used for emergent transports in Texas and Oklahoma, long
haul patient transfers throughout the continental U.S., and is ideal for transplant
programs needing to move patients, organs or transplant teams without delay. Since
its founding, CareFlite has transported over 71,000 patients by air.
CareFlite also provides 911 emergency EMS services in Johnson County, portions of
unincorporated Tarrant County and the Celina Fire District in Collin County. It
operates non-emergency ground ambulances and stretcher/wheelchair vans in Dallas,
Tarrant and Collin Counties. In its last fiscal year, CareFlite transported over
CareFlite also offers Specialty Care Transport (SCT)
SCT offers the same high-level of patient care provided on all CareFlite aircraft,
but at a fraction of the cost. This is an ideal service for a patient who needs
an interfacility transport with the level of medical care provided on board CareFlite
aircraft without the need for speed.
CareFlite 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. Other
services include an outstanding continuing education
program that holds an annual continuing education conference open to first responders
and health care professionals, and a medical service bicycle
team for community events.
To arrange a medical transport, please call (800) 442-6260
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.