Dr. Suzanne Wedel, CEO of Boston MedFlight, ACCT board member, and influential industry leader, passed away March 30 following a long battle with cancer. Here are some stories published in her memory and honoring her legacy of advocating for patients and advancing critical care transport.
From Boston MedFlight:
On March 30, 2016, the Boston MedFlight community lost a dear friend and colleague when Dr. Suzanne Wedel, CEO of Boston MedFlight, passed away following a long battle with cancer.
Dr. Wedel joined Boston MedFlight in 1989 when her husband, Dr. Conn, who had become the organization’s founding Executive Director in 1985, moved on to Massachusetts General Hospital to become Chief of Emergency Services. At the time, Dr. Wedel was working in surgical critical care at what is now Boston Medical Center, and agreed to become Boston MedFlight’s interim CEO and Medical Director while the organization conducted a national search to fill the position. That “interim” position would become her life’s work, as she very capably led Boston MedFlight for the next 27 years.
Boston MedFlight Story
Story from the Boston Globe:
Dr. Suzanne Wedel, the longtime chief executive of Boston MedFlight was 60 when she died of ovarian cancer March 30 in Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Wedel spent more than a quarter century improving critical care transport by air or by land to Boston’s teaching hospitals.
“We are meeting these people on what is probably the worst day of their lives,” she told the Globe in 2010. “Nobody wakes up in the morning knowing that they are going to be one of our patients.”
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Boston Globe Story