Dr. Suzanne Wedel's Memorial Service
For those of you that do not already know, Dr. Wedel did not want a funeral, so a memorial service has been planned and is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at 11:00AM at the Old North Church, 35 Washington Street, Marblehead. To reflect Dr. Wedel’s wish that the service be a celebration of her life, it is encouraged that attendees wear spring colors to the event. Dr. Wedel also requested in lieu of flowers, that people consider contributing to either her “XOXOut Ovarian Cancer Fund” at Massachusetts General Hospital or BostonMedFlight.org.
In Memory of
Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel
December 29, 1955 - March 30, 2016
Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel, 60, of Marblehead passed away on the morning of March 30th, 2016 after a courageous three-year fight with ovarian cancer. Born in North Newton, Kansas, she was the eldest daughter of Arnold and Dolores Wedel. Suzanne was raised in her beloved Kansas, attended Newton High School, and graduated from Bethel College. She graduated from medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and continued as a resident in the Internal Medicine Program. She then moved to Baltimore, MD, to perform a critical care fellowship at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) - known to the world as "Shock Trauma, Baltimore" - one of the world's premier trauma units. Shortly after completing her fellowship, she moved to Boston with her husband, Alasdair Conn, a trauma surgeon whom she met in Baltimore. Dr. Wedel worked at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital before assuming the role of CEO and medical director of Boston MedFlight; a position she indicated she would fulfill for only one year, but stayed on for the following 26 years. Under her tutelage and guidance, MedFlight became one of the premier life flight programs in the country and grew from one helicopter to four, with an expansion into critical care ground transport and long distance transfers by dedicated medically configured airplanes that transport more than 3,500 patients a year. Dr. Wedel was a decisive leader, patient advocate, and yet remained the kind of doctor you would want to care for members of your family.