The ambulance, which has been in service since September, has already been involved in more than 60 life-saving missions. We look forward to building our relationship with LifeFlight, which has helped thousands of local children for more than 30 years.
MIAMI, FL – CIT Aerospace, a global leader in aircraft finance, has helped acquire a new ambulance for the Miami Children’s Hospital LifeFlight® fleet. A recent dedication ceremony was held at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport. The ambulance was purchased with $75,000 raised earlier this year during the CIT Aerospace Golf Invitational held at the Diplomat Tennis and Golf Club. Since 1978, LifeFlight® has utilized ambulances, helicopters and chartered jet aircraft to provide transport of critically ill children throughout South Florida and the Caribbean.
“We are very pleased that LifeFlight used the funds we raised from our inaugural golf tournament to acquire this ambulance,” said Jeff Knittel, President of CIT Transportation and International Finance. “The ambulance, which has been in service since September, has already been involved in more than 60 life-saving missions. We look forward to building our relationship with LifeFlight, which has helped thousands of local children for more than 30 years.”
Flynn Turner, Director of Major Gifts at Miami Children’s Health Foundation, said, “There are many families in our local communities that depend on the lifesaving services provided by the Miami Children’s Hospital. We’re grateful for the contributions of CIT Aerospace and its clients and partners, which will enable Miami Children’s Hospital’s LifeFlight program to continue its mission of providing transportation to critically ill children.”
The following companies donated funds to benefit LifeFlight: Airbus, Alaris Aero, Atlas Air, Bank of Utah, Bombardier, Brickell Motors, Commercial Jet/AEI Engines, CTS Engines, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer, Fafinski Mark and Johnson P.A., GE (Engines), INAV Group, Inc., International Aircraft Associates, Jet Aviation, Landing Gear Technologies, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, PHI Air Medical, Spirit Airlines, Werner Aero and Worthington Aviation.
LifeFlight® provides transport of critically ill children throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. The Miami Children’s Hospital aircraft is the most sophisticated air ambulance available. The Sikorsky S76 C+ helicopter is capable of flying up to 300 miles without stopping to refuel and features the latest, most up-to-date flight instrumentation. As a mobile critical care unit, the medical configuration of the aircraft includes built-in oxygen and air, lighting controls, intravenous fluid holders and flight-team-to-hospital communications. LifeFlight™ carries the most advanced life-support equipment, compactly arranged to ensure the maximum utilization of space.
About Miami Children’s Health Foundation
Miami Children’s Health Foundation is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, the foundation helped 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a research institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols. Miami Children’s Hospital is one of 170 pediatric hospitals in North America affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and South Florida’s only freestanding hospital dedicated exclusively to children. mchf.org
About CIT Business Air
CIT Business Aircraft provides financing solutions to business jet operators. Serving clients in more than 20 countries, it provides assistance in acquisition and financing of the proper aircraft for its client’s needs. Products include term loans, leases, pre-delivery financing, fractional share financing and vendor/manufacturer financing. cit.com/businessair
About CIT Aerospace
As one of the world's leading aircraft leasing organizations CIT Aerospace provides leasing and financing solutions – including operating leases, capital leases, loans and structuring and advisory services – for commercial airlines worldwide. cit.com/aerospace
Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE:CIT) is a financial holding company with more than $35 billion in financing and leasing assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services to its clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in middle market lending, factoring, retail and equipment finance, as well as aerospace, equipment and rail leasing. CIT’s U.S. bank subsidiary CIT Bank (Member FDIC), BankOnCIT.com, offers a variety of savings options designed to help customers achieve their financial goals. cit.com