SURVIVAL FLIGHT 11 Established in 1983, Survival Flight maintains a fleet of three twin-engine helicopters, two of which are used to transfer acutely ill and injured patients from across the state. A third unit is dedicated to procuring organs for transplantation. Long-distance patient transport is provided via a specially configured jet through a partnership with Metro Aviation. patients transported in 2016: 1,277 Every day, as many as 300 adults and children arrive at our facility in need of emergency care. Their conditions range from mildly acute to imminently life threatening. They arrive by car, by ambulance, and via our Survival Flight paramedical transport service. EM patients come from locations near and distant, as close as Ypsilanti and Manchester, and as far as New York, Florida, and California. In all, approximate- ly one third of them travel 50 miles or more from their “home” hospitals and emergency departments, seeking the kind of advanced treatment and high-level expertise that only Michigan Medicine can provide. In fact, nearly half of all admissions to U-M hospitals come through the Emergency Department. In 2016 alone, that number totaled over 30,000 patients. As part of a larger system of care for acute illness or injury, EM is the first crucial starting point. Depending on their condition and prognosis, our patients move on to a variety of healthcare settings. Their next phase of treatment could be delivered in an observation unit, a hospital room, a rehabilitation center, a skilled nursing facility, or at home with supportive care.