Mountain Area Medical Lift (MAMA)

Mountain Area Medical Airlift, better known as MAMA has provided critical care transport to Mission Hospital since 1986. From premature infants in respiratory distress to serious traumatic injuries, MAMA's nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists are trained to provide quality care in transport under medical direction from Mission Hospital.

Quick facts about MAMA

  • Operates 2 helicopters available 24 hours a day from Asheville and Franklin
  • Serves 17 western North Carolina counties
  • Also serves East Tennessee, Northeast Georgia and Northern South Carolina.
  • Covers 10,000 square miles in 3-4 flights a day
  • Performs about100 flights per month
  • Has transported over 12,500 patients (and counting)
  • Was the first civilian EMS helicopter service in the US to use night vision goggles

Many of the new communities and developments in the mountains are remote, isolated and not well-known. The MAMA team is available to visit your area, to learn where you live, identify appropriate landing sites for the helicopters within your community, then use a GPS system to locate your area in the future, becoming better prepared to respond and assist in the event of an emergency.


MAMA is licensed by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Services (NCOEMS) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). Aviation services provided by Era Helicopters LLC