Memorial Hermann Life Flight is a critical care air medical
transport service based in Houston, Texas. We serve the community within a
150-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center with helicopters and worldwide
using fixed-wing transport.
We are the only hospital-based air ambulance serving Houston and
surrounding communities. Founded in 1976 by James "Red" Duke, M.D.,
who still is medical director, the service operates around the clock – weather
permitting – 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Crews perform more than 3,000
missions each year, making the John S. Dunn Helistop one of the busiest
helipads in the world. Since its inaugural flight, Memorial Hermann Life Flight
has flown more than 140,000 missions. Learn about the
This critical air ambulance service, which is committed to
excellence in aviation safety and clinical care, retrieves critically ill and
injured patients in the greater Houston area. Most locations are accessible in
less than 15 minutes, within a 150-mile radius of Houston, including Harris
County, southeast Texas and part of western Louisiana.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport
Systems (CAMTS), Life Flight is Houston’s only hospital-based air medical
service. Each flight is staffed by highly skilled personnel and equipped
advanced emergency equipment and necessary medications, and can transport up to
two patients. Learn about the program’s
The Memorial Hermann Life Flight staff consists of 21 pilots, 21 flight nurses, 18 paramedics/dispatchers and five mechanics. Each helicopter is
inspected and serviced daily.
Provided as a community service by Memorial Hermann, Life Flight
operates as a hospital-based, non-profit organization and relies on community
support and fundraising efforts to pay for the service. It costs about $3
million annually to support the program, none of which comes from tax dollars.
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For more information, contact Life Flight at (713) 704-3590 (non-emergency
calls) or by e-mail.