Wintery Thanksgiving Day Travel – Be Safe

Snowy Jet at JFK - Photo Courtesy of DearEdward

Snowy Jet at JFK – Photo Courtesy of DearEdward

Scottsdale, AZ – November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is about gathering with family and friends and reflecting on what we are thankful for in our lives. When it comes to traveling to reach those families and friends, historically, Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest times to travel. This year AAA predicts 46.3 Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. Thanks to the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2010, this year a lot more people will not only be traveling by air, but by car too.

According to AAA the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of all and most people will travel at least 50 miles or more from their homes to be with friends and family.

Wintery Travel

Those of you traveling on the east coast need to be prepared for winter storms. According to NBC News, snow is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday all along the east coast, from Maine to Washington. The forecast also says that the New York area, which was blanketed by snow last week, could see another 6 to 10 inches.

Airport Delays

The Weather Channel is reporting airport delays could take place for flights going from Denver to Boston and the FAA is predicting delays and cancelations at La Guardia in New York and at Reagan National in Washington and in Philadelphia.

A Few Travel Tips

Of course it’s always best to get to the airport early, but you can also take advantage of the many airport and airline apps that are available for your smart phone. You can see maps of the airport parking areas, keep tabs on flight delays and most airlines allow you to check-in using a mobile app. This can save you from standing in long lines. Try to pack light and avoid checking a bag. Checking a bag will cause more delays and if your flight is cancelled or delayed, you may be without your bag for a while.

For those who are braving the roads, plan out a smart route with GPS, that avoids busy routes. The I-95 corridor on the east coast could see delays from the winter storm. Try avoiding driving on the busiest days, like Wednesday and Sunday. Make sure that if you’re driving in snow, you know how to handle snowy and icy conditions.

Some good basic tips from the Travel Channel include:

Drive slowly on ice and snow – particularly on bridges and overpasses, as these tend to freeze first.

Use your low-beam lights in snow.

Take water, snacks and warm clothes with you, in case you get stuck.

If you skid – don’t panic, don’t slam on the brakes, release the gas pedal slowly and steer the car in the direction the rear is sliding (rear sliding left, turn the steering wheel to the left).

To be safe, just take it slow and don’t take risks – if the roads are too unsafe stop, pull over and put your hazard lights on.

Angel MedFlight wants everyone to travel safely and have a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from Angel MedFLight.

Published in: on November 25, 2014 at 10:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Meet Angel MedFlight’s 2014 Scholarship For Excellence In Aviation Recipient

Brandon Provasi, Angel MedFlight 2014 Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation Recipient.

Brandon Provasi, Angel MedFlight 2014 Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation Recipient.

 

Scottsdale, AZ  November 14, 2014

 

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) student, Brandon Provasi, has dreamed of being a helicopter pilot since he was in high school. Whenever he’d see an aircraft fly overhead he’d say to his friends “you see that aircraft, I’m going to fly that one day.” To achieve that dream, Brandon enrolled in Embry Riddle’s flight program and earned his helicopter Private Pilot Certificate and his Instrument Helicopter Rating.

 

Brandon found that he not only had a passion for flying but also excelled in the aviation business classes that he was taking at ERAU, and decided to pursue his degree in Aviation Business Administration. Now, Brandon’s goal is to one day be a missionary pilot in Africa or other countries in order to help people. After graduation he hopes to complete his dream. Brandon enjoys helping people and giving back to his community. He recently volunteered for the Sky Kids event that took place at Scottsdale Airport. The event gives children with special needs an opportunity to experience the thrill of flight by going for a ride in a small plane. Brandon helped children on the planes during the event and got to accompany one young girl and her father on a flight. The experience really moved him, he said “I remember looking back at this little girl and seeing her smile, with the wind in her hair; she was just so happy to be there. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’re contributing to this world and to the joy and happiness of others.” Brandon also recently participated in an Aviation Safety Disaster Drill at Sky Harbor Airport, where he played the role of an accident victim.

 

As far as being the recipient of the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation, Brandon couldn’t be happier and Angel MedFlight is proud to award the scholarship to such a deserving and caring young man.

 

 

Published in: on November 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The History of Veterans Day

Honoring those who served our country, both past and present

Honoring those who served our country, both past and present

 

Scottsdale, AZ – November 11, 2014

November 11th is a special day, where we take time to honor veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The date of November 11th is significant because it marks the end of the fighting in World War I. The fighting between Allied nations and Germany ended on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.

 

On November 19, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson named November 11th Armistice Day, a time to honor those who died in the line of duty during World War I.

 

In 1938 Congress made Armistice Day a legal holiday, but in 1954 with the end of World War II, Congress renamed Armistice Day, Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.

 

A special ceremony is held each year at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Arlington is the resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their families. The Veterans Day Observance ceremony is open to the public and includes a concert in the Memorial Amphitheater and a wreath-laying ceremony by the President, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a special monument that is dedicated to American service members that passed away without their remains being identified.

 

Veterans Day observances take place all around the country in the form of parades, military tributes and ceremonies. Angel MedFlight has had the honor of transporting veterans and would like to extend our thanks to all veterans on this day.

Published in: on November 11, 2014 at 7:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Flight Coordinator Awarded Inaugural “Monthly Angel” Award

Jennifer Peterson presented with the first  ever “Monthly Angel” Award

Jennifer Peterson presented with the first
ever “Monthly Angel” Award

 

Scottsdale, AZ – November 6, 2014

 

Flight Coordinator, Jennifer Peterson, might be new to the Angel MedFlight family, but apparently she’s made quite an impression on her co-workers, because she was recently nominated for and won Angel MedFlight’s new employee recognition program award called “Monthly Angel.” This is the first time the award has been presented to an employee since the new recognition program was implemented a short time ago. Jennifer was really surprised and happy to receive it. She said, “I feel really blessed. It makes my heart happy.” Jennifer also acknowledged her teammates for her success. “I thrive in a team environment. I’m really happy to be part of such a great team here.”

 

Jennifer is no stranger to healthcare or aviation, having spent 15 years in the U.S Air force, nine of which were as a nurse. She’s also comfortable around the jets at Angel MedFlight too; after all she’s married to an U.S Air Force F-16 pilot and Commander. The two just moved to Phoenix after living abroad in Italy for the last four years. Jennifer loved living in Italy and getting the opportunity to visit other countries. Her favorite country she visited was Austria and she recalled how beautiful it is in both summer and winter.

 

Shortly after moving, Jennifer was job-hunting online and she came across Angel MedFlight and an opening for the Flight Coordinator position. She said, “I had no idea there was an opportunity like this. This job is the perfect combination of healthcare and aviation.” Jennifer really enjoys her job and helping people. She’s had the opportunity to meet and get close with several of the patients she spoken with on the phone and arranged flights for. “I’ve made so many connections with wonderful people while in this position,” Jennifer said.

 

As for her bright future at Angel MedFlight she says, “I’m very excited about the potential for growth at AMF.” Besides her enthusiasm for her position as a Flight Coordinator, Jennifer is also a diehard NFL fan. As she puts it, “I live, breath, eat and die football.” We wants to thank Jennifer for her hard work and congratulate her on being the first ever Angel MedFlight “Monthly Angel.”

 

Published in: on November 6, 2014 at 8:05 am  Leave a Comment  

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Angel MedFlight Donates to Women’s Shelter

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Scottsdale, AZ – November 3, 2014

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month; a time to help end domestic violence, remember those lost to domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. Domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women per day (1). Domestic violence affects everyone in any community, regardless of race or socioeconomic background. Violence is a learned behavior and the abuser makes a conscious decision to exert power and control over their victim.

 

The Sojourner Center in downtown Phoenix is a women’s shelter that helps more than 8,700 women and children each year. The women and children that seek refuge at the shelter are victims of domestic violence.

 

The Sojourner Center was started in 1997 to provide temporary housing and education for women being released from prison. Four years later the mission changed to creating a place where women suffering from domestic violence and abuse, could find a safe haven.

 

Today The Sojourner Center has expanded its services to care for women and children that are the victims of domestic violence and abuse. They provide the women and children with emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, legal advocacy, referral service, community education and an on-site naturopathic clinic.

 

Angel MedFlight made a donation to The Sojourner Center in October in recognition to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To end domestic violence we all need to communicate and help spread the word.

 

You can help by spreading the word to:

 

  • Be respectful of everyone and avoid demeaning or controlling others.
  • Find non-violent resolutions to conflicts.
  • Speak up when someone jokes about domestic violence.
  • Help advocate for better domestic violence laws.

 

If you would like to volunteer or donate to The Sojourner Center, you can visit their website at: http://www.sojournercenter.org/get-involved/

 

 

(1) http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history

 

Published in: on November 3, 2014 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  

The History of the Jack-o’-Lantern – Why we Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

Photo Courtesy of William Warby

Photo Courtesy of William Warby

 

Scottsdale, AZ – October 28, 2014

Every October we see them on the front porches of houses all across the country; some are funny, some are scary and some are very creative, detailed designs. They flicker and glow bright orange on Halloween night, welcoming trick-or-treaters to our homes. They’re Jack-o’-Lanterns; pumpkins or gourds that we carved faces into. But did you ever wonder how this fun tradition ever began?

 

The carving of vegetables, such as turnips and using them as lanterns to light caves can be traced back as far as 700 years ago. Some believe that the tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween can be traced back to Ireland and early Irish folklore. The Irish carved Jack-o’-Lanterns out of turnips, beets and potatoes.

 

The Stinging Jack Legend

There’s an old Irish legend that the Irish tell of an blacksmith named Stinging Jack. Jack asked the devil to have a drink with him at a pub. He told the devil to turn himself into a coin so Jack could pay for their drinks. When the devil turned himself into a coin, instead of Jack paying for the drinks, he put the coin in his pocket next to a cross. The devil was now powerless to change into any other form. A year later Jack again tricked the devil into climbing a tree to get Jack a piece of fruit, before the devil could climb down, Jack carved a cross in the tree, trapping the devil in the tree. Jack made the devil promise to leave him alone for 10 more years. Sometime later Jack died and God would not allow him into Heaven and the devil would not allow him in hell, because of all the tricks he had played on him. Instead the devil forced Jack to roam the nights with a single burning coal that would never go out. Jack placed the coal in a carved-out turnip and roams the earth eternally.

 

The Irish refer to Jack as “Jack of the Lantern.” The Irish began carving their own scary lanterns to scare away Stinging Jack. When Irish immigrants came to the U.S. they brought this tradition with them. They soon realized that a fruit, native to the U.S., called pumpkin made a better “Jack of the Lantern”

or Jack-o’-lantern, as they now refer to it.

 

So when you carve your Jack-o’-lanterns this Halloween, make sure they’re scary enough to ward off the ghost of Stinging Jack. Have a safe, fun Halloween from Angel MedFLight.

 

 

 

 

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/jack-olantern-history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-o’-lantern

Published in: on October 28, 2014 at 9:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo Courtesy of Shardayyy

Photo Courtesy of Shardayyy

 

Scottsdale, AZ – October 23, 2014

 

Millions across America are wearing pink, posting pink ribbons and displaying pink in other creative ways throughout the month of October, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women and the second most common cancer overall. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is more than just wearing ribbons; it’s a time to generate awareness about breast cancer, encouraging women to get breast cancer screenings and getting involved in your local area to help support the cause.

 

Both women and men can get breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most current data (2011) shows that 220,097 women and 2,078 were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. (1).

 

According to Komen.org (http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactsandStatistics.html) 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and in 2012, 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed.

 

Some factors that increase your risk for breast cancer:

 

  • Family history of breast cancer.
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES).
  • Night shift work.

 

It is recommended that women get a mammogram every year starting at age 40.,  If you have any of the risk factors, you should consult your doctor to see if you need to start mammography screenings earlier than age 40.

 

How You Can Get Involved

You can stay informed by visiting http://ww5.komen.org/ and learning more about breast cancer and getting support, if you’re diagnosed with breast cancer. You can also participate in local breast cancer awareness events in your area. Komen Race For The Cure® events are held in almost all major cities. There are fund raising events, opportunities to volunteer your time and become an advocate. Take time this month to get your mammogram screening, and remind friends and family to get their screenings, and help spread awareness about breast cancer.

 

 

 

Resources:

(1) http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm

http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2007/pr180.html

http://ww5.komen.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on October 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Celebrate Those Who Advocate For Patients

 

October 17, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Case Managers are healthcare professionals who advocate, coordinate and dedicate their lives to helping patients understand their health issues, treatments and care. Each year during a week in October people celebrate their hard work and the good that they do as patient advocates. October 12th – 18th is National Case Management Week; a weeklong celebration that was first introduced in 1999. The purpose is to recognize the important contributions Case Managers make to improving the lives of patients and to the healthcare industry in general.

 

Angel MedFlight works closely with Case Managers on a daily basis to arrange air medical transportation for their patients.  We also support and are involved in the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and American Case Management Association (ACMA) that help educate, train and inform Case Managers and other healthcare professionals on the importance of Case Management. Angel MedFlight also has a dedicated team of Case Mangers in our Flight Coordination department. They work with the patient’s insurance company, coordinate the air and ground transportation for medical transports and collaborate with healthcare professionals and Case Managers at the sending and receiving facilities.

 

Case Managers collaborate with other healthcare professionals, like doctors, nurses, and caregivers all for the benefit of their patient. They facilitate and coordinate the patient’s comprehensive healthcare needs, with a goal of helping patients to become healthier faster. They use their vast resources and tools to advocate for the patient’s rights and needs, educate their patients about their treatments and medications, and help find them more affordable solutions that provide them with the best overall outcome.

 

Angel MedFlight appreciates and celebrates all Case Managers every day and encourages those who have been helped by Case Manager to reach out this week and thank them for their service.  Happy National Case Management Week!

 

Published in: on October 17, 2014 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Understanding the Ebola Virus

Workers help Ebola patients in West Africa -

Workers prepare to help Ebola patients in West Africa – Photo Courtesy of European Commision DG ECHO

October 7, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Almost every day, the Ebola virus is discussed on the radio, TV, internet and in publications.  What is Ebola exactly? With the first confirmed travelling Ebola case being reported in the U.S., what is really known about how this disease is contracted, spread, the symptoms and treatments? Listening to and reading all the news can cause people to panic, so the following is information to try to dispel the myths, and give good basic facts about Ebola.

2014 West Africa Ebola Epidemic

The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history. However, it has only affected cities in countries in West Africa, including: Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The first case of travelling Ebola was reported in the U.S., in Dallas, Texas. It was reported on September 30, 2014, but it is a travel related case. The person had traveled to Dallas, TX, from West Africa. The person did not display symptoms when he flew from West Africa to the U.S. This is a very important point, because Ebola cannot be spread unless the ill person is experiencing symptoms. The exposed individual only displayed symptoms several days after arriving in Dallas, so those who traveled with him on the flight to Dallas were not exposed. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance in Dallas, and is being treated while in isolation.

 

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a rare, deadly disease caused by an infection from one of the Ebola virus-strains. There are 5 known Ebola virus strains, four of which can cause the disease in humans. Ebola was first discovered in Africa in 1976 near the Ebola River. The reservoir-host of Ebola is unknown, but is believed to be animal-borne, most likely in bats.

 

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever (greater than 38.6 C or 101.5 F)
  • Severe Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain
  • Unexplained Hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

 

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure. However the average is 8-10 days.

 

How is Ebola Transmitted?

Ebola is spread through direct contact with a person sick with Ebola.  Blood or bodily fluids, such as urine, feces, vomit, or semen, of the sick person must make direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes in order to contract Ebola.  Other ways include:

 

  • Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, for example)
  • Infected animals

 

Ebola is NOT spread through the air, water or by food (except perhaps through “bushmeat” – hunted, contaminated wild animals killed for food in Africa)

 

Risk of Exposure

All cases of human illness and death from Ebola have only occurred in West Africa. The ill person that flew to the U.S. contracted Ebola in West Africa. There has never been a case of Ebola originating in the U.S.

 

Prevention

If you are planning to travel to West Africa, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid contact with blood or bodily fluids.
  • Practice careful hygiene.
  • Avoid touching a person that has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid going to hospitals that are treating patients with Ebola.
  • When you return home, monitor yourself for symptoms of Ebola for 21 days and if you experience symptoms seek medical help immediately.

 

There is no vaccine for Ebola. Recovery depends mostly upon the immune system of the infected person. Once a person survives from Ebola, they build up antibodies against the virus that can last for 10 years or longer.

 

It’s important to have an accurate understanding of Ebola in order to best defend yourself and your loved ones against the virus. The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a tragedy.   Angel MedFlight continues to keep individuals who are ill with Ebola, families who have been affected and the medical professionals who work selflessly to provide care, in our thoughts.

 

For additional information on the Ebola outbreak, please visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

 

 

 

Published in: on October 7, 2014 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Angel MedFlight Came To Their Rescue Three Years Ago Today

September 30, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Three years ago today (September 30, 2011), Angel MedFlight came to the rescue of Monica and Marvin Lucas. Marvin recounted his positive experience with Angel MedFlight on an otherwise stressful day three years ago, in a heartfelt thank you letter he sent us today; on the third anniversary of the day his wife Monica fell ill and needed our help.

 

On Sept 30, 2011 you provided the first step to a long journey.

Your team carried my wife Monica from Indiana to El Paso, TX.  That you were able to arrive on the 30th was a gift from God.

We had struggled all day to find a facility that would accept Monica and that her ICU doctor approved.  It was late afternoon when we finally had a bed.  My case manager let me know it would be like 2 to 3 days to get the flight scheduled.  I told her to call now – there is a crew available.  She called – there was a crew just coming off rest and they would arrive at the hospital in 3 hours.  The shocked look on her face was priceless.

The rest is history.  Despite what the doctors told me, Monica is doing fine and getting better every day,

If all of you had not been there to create the miracle of 3631-AMF, I know Monica would no longer be of this earth.  Everyone but Monica and I had thrown in the towel.

May God help you to continue to make MIRACLES happen.

Marvin A. Lucas

 

This example is precisely why we do what we do at Angel MedFlight. We’re dedicated to being here to help patients in their time of need.

 

 

 

Published in: on September 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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