Airlift Northwest (Seattle, WA)


  • Name:Suzanne Lagoni
  • Title:Community Relations Manager


  • Organization Name:Airlift Northwest
  • Address:6987 Perimeter Road South
    Suite 110
    Seattle, WA 98108
    United States

Work Phone

  • Main phone:206-521-1599
  • Main fax:206-521-1612

Work Web

Other Phone

  • Mobile phone:206-790-9784
  • Home phone:360-385-9517
  • Other fax:360-385-9649

User Email



  • Mission:
  • To provide safe, efficient air medical care to critically ill and injured infants, children and adults in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

  • History:
  • History: Airlift Northwest began when a tragic house fire in Sitka, Alaska claimed the lives of three children before they could be safely transported by air to a regional burn center for care. Dr. Michael Copass, Airlift Northwest President and Medical Director, was teaching in the Sitka hospital that day and was called into the local emergency room to help care for the children. "I came away from it saying that was the last time any doctor would have to get on the phone and beg someone to come and pick up a child,'' said Copass. He returned to Seattle, determined to find a way to provide air medical transport for residents in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Airlift Northwest was born.

    Airlift Northwest as an organization has evolved over the years. It began as a cooperative effort of four Seattle hospitals – Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Providence Hospital/Seattle and the University of Washington Medical Center. This unique and collaborative effort of the founding partner institutions has continued to evolve to serve the region. Three of the original founding partners have continued their support for the past 26 years which has enabled Airlift Northwest to expand into a larger, nonprofit organization serving the WAMI region – Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

    Airlift Northwest has safely cared for more than 60,000 patients since 1982…more than 250,000 takeoffs and landings since the program began. Our uncompromising commitment to safety has seen Airlift Northwest invest in some of the most up-to-date equipment available, including state-of-the-art night vision goggles, satellite tracking and communications, and GPS approach systems.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:100

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Johnese Spisso, Board Chair – Vice President for Medical Affairs/Clinical Operations Officer, UW Medicine and Interim Executive Director, Harborview Medical Center
    Stephen Zieniewicz – Executive Director, University of Washington Medical Center
    Paul Ishizuka – Associate Executive Director and CFO, University of Washington Medical Center
    Lori Mitchell – CFO, Harborview Medical Center
    Kelly Wallace – Senior Vice President and CFO, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center
    George A. Woodward, MD, MBA – Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center

  • Executive Director / President:
  • President and Medical Director:
    Michael K. Copass, MD

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Chief Executive Officer – Ed Eroe, FACHE, CAE, CMTE
    Vice President of Finance – Marcia Lingel, MBA, CPA
    Vice President of Clinical Operations -- Michael Greene -- RN, MBA
    Director, Alaska Clinical Operations – Shelly Deering, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Customer Service Manager – Lenora Henderson
    Regional Manager – Julie Hoffman, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Regional Manager -- Brenda Nelson, RN, CEN
    Regional Manager – Jeff Richey, RN, CEN
    Compliance and Quality Improvement Manager – Nan Walker, MSN, ARNP


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:43-1950850

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