An Angel MedFlight Flight Coordinator’s Path to Flight Nurse

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It seems that a passion for aviation is a common thread here among employees at Angel MedFlight, and that is certainly the case for Flight Coordinator, R.N. Matthew Lejcar. Lejcar has been a pilot for more than 24 years and really enjoys working on and flying planes. When it comes to his interest in aviation and working at Angel MedFLight, Lejcar says, “I really like the mix of medical and aviation within one job.” Lejcar works in Angel MedFlight’s Flight Coordination department. Flight coordinators are the ones on the front lines, taking phone calls from case managers and family members, coordinating with insurance companies, arranging flights and being advocates for the patients. As a flight coordinator, Lejcar says he really enjoys learning about the insurance side of health care and working with good people.

Recently, Lejcar accepted a new position at Angel MedFlight and is currently transitioning from flight coordinator to flight nurse. Lejcar’s path to becoming a flight nurse for Angel MedFlight is an interesting one. Originally having gone to school to become a teacher, Lejcar choose instead to join the Mesa, Arizona police department as a police officer. After eight years on the force he realized he had an interest in healthcare and returned to school to train to become a nurse.

It’s fair to say that Lejcar has seen it all. After graduating from nursing school Lejcar spent his entire nursing career as an E.R. nurse. Having this type of diverse experience as an E.R. nurse should prove to be a valuable asset as an Angel MedFlight flight nurse. Lejcar was going through flight training to be a back-up flight nurse when a position became available, and he was able to transition into the new role. Lejcar says, “As a flight nurse, I get to help be part of a team that transports the patient from bedside to bedside safely. I am looking forward to meeting the people on the other end of the phone and traveling to some different locations.” Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide on our Learjets, so Lejcar should get to travel to many different locations around the globe.

Matthew Lejcar has worked at Angel MedFlight since October 2013, is married and has two children. We wish him the best in his new and exciting position as an Angel MedFlight Flight Nurse and know he’ll be a valuable asset to the patients we transport.

Published in: on April 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Gateway Academy Students Enjoyed Their Visit to Angel MedFlight

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery helps demonstrate airline safety procedures

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery helps demonstrate airline safety procedures

April 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

For about three hours on April 16th the Angel MedFlight hangar was transformed into an educational treasure trove for the wonderful students that visited us from Gateway Academy. Angel MedFlight hosted the students, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month with a hanger tour and educational event. The students arrived to find the hanger decked out with educational stations they could go to and learn about aviation, safety, flight medicine and more.

 

Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.

Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.

 

The event began with a Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper. Plenty of Angel MedFlight crew and staff were on hand to help field questions. The students had great questions about the jets we fly and the destinations we’ve gone to and more. After the Q&A the students took turns visiting the educational stations. Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics dressed in their flight suits demonstrated CPR on special CPR manikins and answered questions about their role in the medical transport and the students got to try their new CPR skills on the manikins themselves.

 

Learning CPR

Learning CPR

 

 

 

 

 

At another station there was an inflated survival life raft the students could get in while they listened to Director of Operations for Aviation West Charters explain survival techniques and answer questions about the aircraft we use.

 

Students learned about flight medicine

Students learned about flight medicine

Students enjoyed the CPR demonstration

Students enjoyed the CPR demonstration

 

Students got a chance to win Angel MedFlight prizes in a fun airplane toss game and each student got a special keepsake photo taken against a custom Angel MedFlight green screen background that they can put inside an Angel MedFlight mouse pad they each received.

The Airplane Toss game was a hit!

The Airplane Toss game was a hit!

Students got a special keepsake photo

Students got a special keepsake photo

 

Phoenix’s Fox 10 news was there to cover the event and the reporter got everyone to dance on camera. It was a good time had by all and the students learned a lot about what we do. Angel MedFlight also surprised the students by donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy.

A chance to be a Flight Nurse!

A chance to be a Flight Nurse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hosting this event for the Gateway Academy students was more than raising awareness during National Autism Month and giving back to the community,” said Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper, “it was our way of providing these students with the opportunity to learn about the air medical and aviation industry and providing them with tools that will help further their education while back in the classroom.”

The students of Gateway Academy and the Angel MedFlight Crew had a fun time!

The students of Gateway Academy and the Angel MedFlight Crew had a fun time!

Angel MedFlight Supports 2014 PANDA Children’s Research Center Fundraiser

Event Raises Funds for Children’s Autoimmune Disorder Project

 

The PANDA event centered around “Children Helping Children”

The PANDA event centered around “Children Helping Children”

The 2014 PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) — also known as the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center — held its annual silent auction, fashion show and luncheon at the beautiful Phoenician Resort on Saturday, April 12, and Angel MedFlight was there in support of the their mission.

“Angel MedFlight is happy to promote the mission of PANDA and to help the Steele Center to expand in the Phoenix area,” said Flight Coordinator, Allison Rose, who attended the event.

Women around the community dedicate their time and energy to make sure the annual “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show is a success.  Proceeds from the event go toward funding scientific research for childhood illnesses. The models are children who volunteer, knowing their participation is helping other kids.

 

Dr. Anne M. Burns (right) with Flight Coordinator Allison Rose

Dr. Anne M. Burns (right) with Flight Coordinator Allison Rose

Angel MedFlight Co-Medical Director, Dr. Anne M. Burns, had been attending the event for several years and was so impressed by the organization that she decided to become more involved as a PANDA board member in 2013.

“As a physician, I am passionate about medical research to improve patient care, and as a mother of two young boys, I am highly supportive of an event that has children helping other children. It’s a great organization of which I am very proud to be affiliated,” Dr. Burns commented.

In the last 15 years since its inception, PANDA has raised nearly half a million dollars for the Center. Organizers hope to help the growth of the Children’s Autoimmune Disorders Project and endowment. Through helping the scientists and doctors of the Tucson-based research center, funds from the PANDA event will impact research and improve care for all Arizona children.

Answers are desperately needed for families facing the challenges of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, juvenile arthritis, Crohn’s/colitis, severe food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis and celiac disease.

Amanda Crutchfield, of the Legal department, pictured with one of her two daughters attended the event

Amanda Crutchfield, of the Legal department, pictured with one of her two daughters attended the event

“One of the greatest health concerns for children today is the staggering increase in autoimmune diseases,” says Dr. Burns, “Autoimmune diseases result when our bodies’ “fighter” cells turn against our own healthy cells and destroy them.”

The Center’s pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists take care of thousands of sick children daily. Pediatric specialists such as cardiologists, geneticists and pulmonologists travel to rural areas of the state, including the Native American reservations, to bring specialized care to children in need.

For more information about PANDA, visit PANDA.org. To learn more about the Steele Children’s Research Center, visit SteeleCenter.arizona.edu.

Angel MedFlight Gives Back to Community During National Autism Month

Learjet 60

Learjet 60

April 16, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Angel MedFlight is honoring students at Gateway Academy by providing them with a special donation and an educational event.

 

Autism

The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may or may not be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years). As part of a well-baby/well-child visit, your child’s doctor should perform a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age

 

Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the symptoms of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, and developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.

 

The Autism Society

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence rate for autism is now 1 in 68, which is an increase of over 30% from the 2008 CDC report. “The Autism Society continues to be concerned with the increasing prevalence of autism. In the next few days, many will discuss the reasons behind the new prevalence rates. The Autism Society and our 110 local and state affiliates are ready and willing to assist the growing population, now in the millions, of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We know that a diagnosis doesn’t always mean services will start right away; whether it’s screening, diagnosis, interventions, or services, the earlier we take action, the better,” said Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America.  For more information, go to: The Autism Society press release.

 

Gateway Academy

Gateway offers a different approach to learning for students that have had frustrating experiences at other schools Their program help build self-esteem and encourage learning. They customize the learning for their students.

Gateway Academy provides a unique educational environment for students from age five to nineteen years of age with Asperger’s syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-nos, social/behavioral issues, emotional and social difficulties and specific learning difficulties associated with spectrum disorders.

 

Angel MedFlight Gives Back

We’re excited to have the students from Gateway Academy visit us and give them the opportunity to tour the hanger and see our aircraft up close. During the visit the students will get to visit several information stations in the hanger to ask questions and learn about the aircraft, flight medicine, aircraft maintenance and more. There will also be games, prizes and photo opportunities. We’re also pleased to announce that we will be donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy for the students. We hope that these computers will help benefit the schools already terrific academics program at Gateway and we feel privileged to be able to help in honor of National Autism Awareness Month

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 68 children in the U.S. currently has autism, and reports show that number could be even higher. The number represents a nearly 30 percent spike from estimates just years ago calculating one in every 88 children had the disorder.

 

 

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Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

 

April 14, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

In March, Angel MedFlight had a record-breaking month, transporting patients and their family members from all around the globe, including an 8,011 mile flight from T’ai Pei to Texas. When all was said and done our pilots and medical crew flew our Learjets an astonishing total of 103,254 statute miles worldwide.

 

We fly patients for any number of medical reasons. In March, the largest number of flights was for post trauma recovery. The ages of our patients are as diverse as the reasons they need a medical transport. Our youngest passenger in March was only 85 days old, and our oldest patient was 95 years young.

 

We’re so glad that we can help so many people in need of medical transports. It’s our honor to have made a positive impact on these patient’s lives. Our team stands ready 24/7/365 to go anywhere in the world to transport patients.

The Top 5 Reasons To Choose Angel MedFlight

Angel MedFlight Crew

Angel MedFlight Crew

April 10, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

Angel MedFlight is the world’s leading air ambulance service provider. The way Angel MedFlight operates is unique and sets a new standard for the air medical transport industry. Below are the Top-Five reasons you should choose Angel MedFlight for your patient’s air medical transport.

 

 5. The Best, Highly Trained Medical Crews – Angel MedFlight Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics undergo extensive training, hold additional certifications and attend continuing education training. They train on a high tech patient simulator called SimMan®3G.

 

4. Jets!! – Angel MedFlight transports patients on jet aircraft.  Unlike brokers, Angel MedFlight owns, operates and maintains a fleet of medically configured Learjet 35s and 60s. Jets fly higher, above the weather, have longer ranges, are faster and safe. With jets, Angel MedFlight has a Global Reach, transporting patient across the country or around the world.

 

3. Bedside-to-Bedside® – Angel MedFlight’s medical crew is with your patient for every segment of the entire medical transport, including on the ground and in the air.  Bedside-to-Bedside®ensures continuity of care.

 

2. Safety – ARG/US International awarded Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance with its highest honor, the prestigious Platinum Rating. Only the safest, most trustworthy charter operators and aviation companies receive this elite award.  Angel MedFlight is committed to safety and is proud to have a perfect safety record.

 

1. One Touch Promise® – Angel MedFlight employs a team of experts in medicine, aviation, case management and insurance law. One Touch Promise® means that when you pick up the phone and call Angel MedFlight, their highly skilled team goes to work for you. They do all the legwork, coordinate every aspect and handle every detail of the medical flight, including contacting the insurance company, ground ambulance transfer, coordinating schedules with medical facilities and more. Angel MedFlight is an advocate for their patients.

New My Real Life Moment™ Video Released of Baby Aiden

A Smiling Baby Aiden

A Smiling Baby Aiden

April 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight released the latest video in our Emmy-award winning series My Real Life Moment™.  This touching video of Baby Aiden, who lived right here in Phoenix, Ariz.,  was born with a serious digestive medical condition that could only be treated at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Angel MedFlight transported Aiden and his mother Serrena Garcia from Phoenix to Boston in July 2013 to get him the potentially life-saving treatment he needed. You can ride along with little Aiden and Mom on their journey in Angel MedFlight’s Learjet to Boston Children’s Hospital. You’ll be inspired by this amazing child and his courageous story.

You can view the full video at: https://www.youtube.com/user/AngelMedFlight

Published in: on April 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Angel MedFlight Proud to be Gold Sponsor of Make-A-Wish Ball

Angel MedFlight's table at the Make-A-Wish Ball

Angel MedFlight’s table at the Make-A-Wish Ball

 

April 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

Angel MedFlight was delighted to be a Gold Sponsor at the 2014 Wish Ball for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, held on Saturday, April 5 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.

The Wish Ball, which celebrates the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raises funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions, and has long been a significant event for the chapter.

Each year the event raises millions for the children’s foundation. Approximately 570 people attended this year’s event.

The Wish Ball included a program, silent and live auction and entertainment for guests, and brought together donors with wish families and wish kids who attended as guests of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Just as the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of many children, Angel MedFlight also has helped families make their critically ill children’s dreams come true. One example is “Jaxon’s Story,” as featured in the video series, “My Real Life Moment,” (which tells the stories of real patients). Viewers can “ride along” on our air ambulance flights and get an inside look at the patient care provided by our critical care flight nurses and paramedics.

Jaxon Davis was a lovable five-year-old boy whose courageous battle with brain cancer was trumped only by his compassion for other children in the hospital. His parents describe how they learned of Angel MedFlight when Jaxon’s condition worsened while they were on vacation. An anonymous donor stepped in and helped get little Jaxon transported home.

Because of that flight, his parents explained, Jaxon was able to see a cherished childhood friend one last time.. His parents set up an organization to carry on their son’s legacy helping other children, called, “Jaxon’s Frog Foundation.” To learn more about Jaxon’s story and other Angel MedFlight’s transport patients’ experiences, visit My Real Life Moment series. You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation here.

 

 

New Space-based Aircraft Monitoring System Will Change the Future of Air Traffic Control

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April 7, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

Malaysia Flight 370 seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth and after three weeks of searching, experts are still at a loss as to what really happened to the ill-fated flight. Experts believe the Boeing 777 went down in the ocean. One of the main problems with the search is that the airliner went down in one of the most remote areas of the world, the southern Indian Ocean. This is a vast area of unpredictable weather, and swirling currents far from land, making the search efforts difficult. Flight 370 was equipped with a transponder, as most planes are. The transponder is the primary way that the plane is seen on air traffic control radar. However, the transponder remains a mystery on Flight 370. According to experts, it was either deliberately turned off or suffered a failure that made it stop working. At that time, the planes exact position was unknown to air traffic control. Planes are only seen by radar when they are within 200 miles of a radar tower. Even with a perfectly operational transponder, once aircraft are out over the open ocean, they can no longer be seen on radar by air traffic control. In fact, about only 10% of the earth’s surface has radar or radio communication coverage for aircraft. This has been a long standing problem for airlines and air traffic controllers.

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New Technology Is Coming

Aireon is a company that plans to revolutionize how air traffic monitoring will be done in the future. According to Aireon CEO, Don Thoma, Aireon has partnered with Iridium, a satellite communications company, and Nav Canada, a privatized provider of air traffic control service for Canada and three other countries. Don Thoma says, “Airplanes flying over the oceans are not being tracked.” Thoma explains,“The only way to provide either communication, or tracking services, is through satellite.” According to Thoma, Aireon will  “provide real-time tracking” of all aircraft, no matter where they are in the world, using precise GPS satellite tracking. According to Thoma, instead of having a receiver on a land based tower, the information will be transmitted to one of iridium’s 66 satellites, which will be deployed above the earth. Those satellites will receive the information and relay it back to the air traffic controllers giving them real-time surveillance. Having this type of precise coverage will allow air traffic controllers to assign airliners more direct routes and optimize the flight. Thoma says “this could says the airliner industry $6 -$8 billion dollars in fuel for the world’s airlines.” “The impact for search and rescue is significant. When you have that real-time precise update it certainly could narrow the search area for an  aircraft, such as the Malaysia 370 Flight.” Thoma says they’re working on deploying all 66 satellites and plan to have “a system in operation by 2018 that will provide an operational, 100% global aircraft tracking service.”

 

Don Thoma

Don Thoma

Many experts and families of Malaysia Flight 370 have been mystified how in the 21st century a large aircraft like the Boeing 777 can simply disappear. With this new satellite based precise global surveillance system in place, hopefully tragedies like this can be avoided in the future.

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Scottsdale Airport Runway will Transform into a Racecourse

Runners get to race on the runway

Runners get to race on the runway

April 4, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

Angel MedFlight’s headquarters and hangar is located just off the runway at Scottsdale Airport. The airport is nestled at the base of the beautiful McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale. Usually a hustling bustling airport with all types of aircraft coming and going, the busy airport will be transformed into a racecourse on Saturday, April 5, 2014, between 6:30-10 a.m.

Scottsdale Airport

Scottsdale Airport

The annual Run The Runway event gives runners, both old and young, a unique experience to race down the airport runway. The runway will be shut down for multiple races throughout the morning. The first race, a 10k, begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by a 5k run/walk at 8a.m.  At 8:45, kids can run a one-mile race with their favorite Arizona team mascots, including the Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla, Coyote’s Howler, Cardinals’s Big Red, Sun Devil’s Sparky and Diamodback’s Baxter. Run The Runway benefits Playworks Arizona, the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity.

Kids love the Mascot Dash Race

Kids love the Mascot Dash Race

Special awards will be given out to the winners, and festivities after the race will include vendor expo’s,bouncy inflatable’s  in the children’s area, a DJ, guest appearances of the team mascots and photo opportunities with planes.

 

Angle MedFlight aircraft use the runway all the time, but we’ve never had the chance to run on it.  It will be a fun event for lucky runners, walkers and airplane enthusiasts alike. We can’t wait to walk and run on the runway too!

 

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