On October 14, 1980 the concept of Medi Flight of Oklahoma became a reality as crewmembers climbed aboard a helicopter to transport their first patient.  The event happened almost 24 hours before Medi Flight was scheduled to begin transport services at OU Medical Center. 
 
Prior to Medi Flight, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Children's Hospital had a team of nurses and respiratory therapists who provided critical care transport from rural hospitals.  With the advent of Medi Flight and the addition of its helicopters, the transport capabilities, of the pediatric and adult team and its dedicated Communications Center, were expanded to include all age groups in need of critical care. 

Originally designed as a hospital-to-hospital transport service, Medi Flight began assisting local EMS, fire departments and law enforcement agencies with scene transports in 1982, providing critical care for people involved in serious accidents throughout Oklahoma.

 

Timeline:                                      
 
Oct. 14, 1980  -  First Flight
    

Oct. 15, 1980  -  First Neonate Flight  

Jan. 19, 1982  -  First Disaster Response: Star Spencer School Explosion

April 8, 1982   -  First Scene Response: Will Rogers World Airport Anaphylaxis

Aug. 1988   -     Air Medical Safety Award for 5,000 accident free miles

Oct. 14, 1990  -  Medi Flight celebrates 10 years of service

Oct. 1992   -      Air Medical Safety Award for 10,000 accident free miles

April 19, 1995  -  Responded to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing

Oct. 16, 1995  -  AAMS Crew of the Year

Oct. 14, 2000  -  Medi Flight celebrates 20 years of service

April & May 2004  -  EC -130 Helicopters arrive: World's first two EC-130s configured for use in emergency medical transport

Oct. 14, 2010  -  Medi Flight celebrates 30 years of service