August, 2016: LifeFlight opens its seventh base in Cookeville, Tennessee (LF 7). An Airbus H-130 T@ helicopter was placed in service with a 120-mile response area from Cookeville.
January 2017: A new management structure is announced, with the position of LifeFlight program director splitting into two roles - one that oversees air transport and one that oversees ground and communications. Additional management positions were added in both divisions to provide employee support.
May 2017: Vanderbilt LifeFlight launched a new app that allows for emergency responders to request a helicopter at the tap of a button.
January 2018: Two new medical directors have been appointed over specialty areas of Vanderbilt LifeFlight, to help provide oversight and guidance as the program continues to grow with patient volume. Dr. Rebecca Kidd was named Pediatric Medical Director and Dr. Brad Dennis, Trauma Medical Director.
February, 2018: The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA) named Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Tim Bell the Larry Griffin Paramedic of the Year. Bell, a critical care flight paramedic and respiratory therapist, has worked for Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 2005. He was one of the first paramedics hired to work in the flight division.
February, 2018: LifeFlight opens its eighth base in Humboldt, Tennessee (LF 8), providing additional coverage in the West Tennessee area.
July 9, 2019: LifeFlight officially starts its ground ambulance critical care transport program with dedicated staff made up of an AEMT, Critical Care Paramedic and a Critcial Care Nurse.
|This is LifeFlight's current "Crew" patch, adopted in 2012. The patch has a silver reflective background and is LifeFlight's first reflective crew patch, an added design for crew safety.|
|This patch was used as a crew patch from 1998 to 2001.|
|The second version of the "crew" patch, used from 2002 to 2012.|
|The 20th anniversary crew patch, used in 2004.|
|15 year anniversary crew patch that was used in 1999.|
|25 year aniversary patch usedin 2009.|
|This patch was created in 2001 for the emergency communications division of LifeFlight.|
|This patch was created for the maintenance division of LifeFlight in 2003.|
|Operation Tail Watch class patch, given to emergency responders who complete the safety program, Operation Tail Watch. This patch was adopted in 1998.|
|LifeFlight celebrates 35 years of service with this special patch.|
Since 1984, Vanderbilt LifeFlight has only had four logos - those are below.
|The first LifeFlight logo, created when the department was created in 1984 and used until 2001. The "swoosh" on the front of the words symbolizes the tail fin off the aircraft.|
|This logo replaced the original one in 2002 and used until 2011. It brought in elements that also represented Vanderbilt University Medical Center - the "hubcap" symbol that was part of the hospital logo, and added the words "Vanderbilt".|
|This graphic was introduced in January, 2011 and created by the Medical Center's marketing communications division. It was replaced later in the year with the current design.|
Vanderbilt Universtiy Creative Services created this logo, incorporating the original swoosh, along with the wings, and added the Vanderbilt "V" along with the words Vanderbilt LifeFlight under the wings. This was introduced in October, 2011 and remains in use today on uniforms and vehicles.
This was introduced in 2016 and is the official marking of Vanderbilt LifeFlight.