My Real Life Moment – Steven Hill Story

In 2009, Steven Hill, then 33, experienced both an ischemic (blood clot) stroke and a hemorrhagic (ruptured blood vessel) stroke while on vacation in Jamaica. He was flown to Florida for life-saving surgery to stop the bleeding and remove the clot. The surgeon performed a craniectomy, the removal of a piece of the skull to allow for brain swelling. The bone flap could not be replaced for almost six months. Facing a lengthy recovery, healthcare professionals recommended the Hill family contact Angel MedFlight to provide Steven with an air medical transport for his continued care in New England. This is his inspiring journey of recovery from his initial flight in 2009 to Massachusetts through his efforts to increase stroke awareness in 2012 to his current physical rehabilitation accomplishments.

Check out the original video on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki-yqTcFxuk

Former Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s Inspirational Recovery Continues

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s continued recovery illustrates how hard work, determination and a positive attitude can impact healing.  In June 2014, the former Olympic swimmer sustained a spinal cord injury from a serious ATV accident, resulting in paralysis below her waist.

With her champion spirit still intact, Amy continues to impress all of those around her. She has become a spokeswoman for spinal cord injury research and travels extensively across the country to raise awareness and encourage health care professionals to keep working toward a cure.

In addition to her public appearances, she continues to make great strides in her personal recovery. Recently, she has advanced to walking short distances with the aid of leg braces and a walker.

See how her inspirational recovery began back in 2014, when Angel MedFlight first transferred Amy to Craig Hospital in Colorado to begin her amazing journey of rehabilitation and healing.

Check out the original air medical transport and story –
My Real Life Moment – Winning Attitude – Amy Van Dyken

For an update on Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s remarkable progress please visit http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/best-reads/2015/12/29/amazing-arizonans-amy-van-dyken-rouen-olympian-paraplegic-inspiration/77165454/

Holiday Giving Project: Second Annual Backpacks 4 Kids

The employees of Angel MedFlight were able to bring a Happy Holiday to Mrs. Bodam’s 1st Grade Class of Westwood Primary in the Alhambra School District of Phoenix, AZ.   In Angel MedFlight’s Second Annual Project Backpack 4 Kids employees were again blessed with the opportunity to give food, clothes, toys, and more to the children in the 1st grade class. It was such a proud experience to be a part of making these children’s holiday wishes come true. Happy Holidays from all of us at Angel MedFlight.

 

Angel MedFlight “Food Fight” Donations Benefit Vista Del Camino Food Bank

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Team Donated Food forThanksgiving Food Drive

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Team Donated Food forThanksgiving Food Drive

 

This holiday season, the Angel MedFlight team shifted its annual food drive into high gear, donating more than 2,050 canned or non-perishable food items to the Vista Del Camino Food Bank. In the spirit of giving, the staff stirred up a friendly competition between departments affectionately known as the “Angel MedFlight Food Fight.” For two weeks, staff members contributed to the growing stack of donations.

On Tuesday, November 24, a final count was tallied and the Angel MedFlight IT department emerged as the food donation victors donating 990 non-perishable food items!

“The interdepartmental rivalry created a fun environment that benefited

Angel MedFlight Thanksgiving Food Drive

Angel MedFlight Thanksgiving Food Drive

the food bank and increased collaboration among the staff,” explained Paul Green, Chief Information Officer and leader of the IT team. “The Food Fight competition really pushed our teams to donate, but of course, giving back is more important than winning. That’s what makes the holidays so meaningful.”

Angel MedFlight’s Claims & Legal department came in a close second followed by the generous contributions of the Flight Coordination department.

“We are so happy that the Angel MedFlight food drive was such a success,” said event organizer Melanie Gassert of the Angel MedFlight Human Resources department. “Even though it turned into a friendly competition, we never lost sight of what this food drive is really about…giving to those in need during this holiday season.”

About Vista del Camino Food Bank

Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.

Vista houses other social service programs including The Salvation Army emergency assistance.

Vista del Camino Food Bank
7700 E. Roosevelt St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
P: 480-312-2323

http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/social-services/vista-del-camino

 

National Case Management Week Celebration Get Away Giveaway Contest Winners Announced

And the Winners Are….

National Case Management Week Celebration
Get Away Giveaway Contest Winners Announced

Angel MedFlight would like to thank all of the health care professionals who entered our Get Away Giveaway contest in celebration of National Case Management week in October. We received more than 1,100 entries from across the country! We appreciated their participation and their insight on how we can best support your work.

The winners were randomly selected through two drawings on Tuesday, November 3 and each received an $800 airfare voucher for the airline of her choice. We are pleased to announce that our two contest winners reflect the continuum of case managers: an experienced mentor and an excited new professional.

A Committed Leader With A Tenacious Spirit
Doreen Day has helped thousands of patients and their families navigate the health care system. Working in case management for twenty years, she has seen her profession grow and evolve through the last two decades.

“We are facing trying times in Case Management but as the regulations change, the importance of RN/SW Case Managers is being realized by those in the ‘C-suite’. The role is always challenging yet rewarding,” Doreen explained.

As a supervisor, she uses her expertise to train and guide professionals new to case management. In fact, mentoring other case managers is Doreen’s favorite part of her leadership role in Stony Brook, New York. Doreen stays current with changing trends in health care and government regulations by attending classes and conferences throughout the year. She continually shares her knowledge with her team and they count on her extensive experience. Doreen also advises that being determined and tenacious has proven beneficial over the years.

“I am a ‘Bulldog.’ I don’t give up until I get what I need,” she said.

Doreen’s dedication to patient care is truly inspirational. Angel MedFlight is pleased that she will be able to take some much-deserved time off to enjoy her Get Away Giveaway airfare prize.

“I will probably use my voucher for a relaxing vacation in a sunny spot during the dead of the New York winter,” she shared.

We wish her blue skies and smooth flying!

A New Case Manager With A Focus on Teamwork & Creative Solutions

In her role as a floor nurse, Lauren Inman focused on compassionate, bedside care for her pediatric patients in Orlando, Florida. With limited exposure to case managers, she didn’t have a full of appreciation of the position until she transitioned into case management herself last July.

“Coming from the bedside as an RN to case management, I did not realize everything that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to make sure patients are taken care of even after they are discharged,” Lauren explained.

She quickly realized the positive impact a case manager can make on patient care. In her new role, she enjoys developing creative solutions for treatment outside of the hospital setting.

“My favorite part of my job is being able to get patients home quicker with a shorter inpatient stay by being able to provide home health care, DME, prescription assistance, or finding the right fit at another facility that will provide them the services they need,” she said.

Lauren has already encountered situations that benefit from a collaborative effort. “Being a great team player is one of my most valuable personality traits. It helps me transition difficult situations into positive outcomes for patients.”

Lauren has embraced her new career and she is thankful for other case managers across the country. “It is sometimes a difficult and stressful position. I want to acknowledge and recognize all the other case managers for taking such good care of your patients, sometimes even going above and beyond!”

Her colleagues appreciate Lauren’s dedication as well, encouraging her to join Angel MedFlight’s celebration of National Case Management Week by entering the Get Away Giveaway contest. When she was randomly selected as winner, she knew exactly what she would do with her prize.

“My husband and I plan to use our airfare travel voucher to have a real honeymoon vacation. We had to use all of our honeymoon savings for an unexpected vehicle expense right before we got married a few years ago and still haven’t had the chance to re-do our honeymoon until now!”

Angel MedFlight wishes Lauren and her husband the best on their “real” honeymoon trip!

Veterans Day – To Honor Those Who Serve

To Honor Those Who Serve

veterans-dayAngel MedFlight is proud to honor Veterans and active military service members for their commitment to ensure the safety and protect the freedom of all Americans. On this meaningful day, we would like to introduce five veterans on the Angel MedFlight team.
 

Brett Murphy, Developer – IT Department

Brett Marine Corps photo-1Brett Murphy served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993-1997. He served as airframes/hydraulics mechanic on CH-53e Super Stallion helicopters and was stationed at MCAS Tustin (now closed) as a member of HMH-361.

He deployed October 1994 on the maiden voyage of the USS Essex (LHD-2) and performed numerous multinational training exercises. In addition, the USS Essex was called upon to help with the final UN withdrawal from Somalia, called Operation United Shield. He returned to Tustin in April of 1995. Brett completed in his service in 1997.

He advises active service members to embrace the programs provided for them and to take advantage of the opportunities for training, education, and travel.

 

Chaleece Caldwell RN, CFRN Critical Care Flight Nurse

Chaleece.jpgChaleece Caldwell is a U.S. Army veteran from a family with a proud history of service. Her military legacy includes five brothers, her husband and two children.

Chaleece served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army for two years. Her husband served 13 years in the U.S. Air Force followed by 27 years in the U.S. Army. Her son served nine years in the U.S. Air Force and is currently in his third year of active duty in the U.S. Army. Chaleece’s daughter served six in the U.S. Navy.

Following her honorable discharge, Chaleece used the G.I. Bill to attend nursing school. She has provided compassionate patient care as a flight nurse for 25 years.

 

Jennifer Peterson RN, Flight Coordinator

jennifer veterans day.jpgJennifer Peterson served as nurse in the U.S. Air Force for 14.5 years. For the first six years, Jennifer served as an enlisted member and then joined the officer’s ranks, finishing her service as a Captain. She found personal and professional fulfillment working with other service members who shared a united sense of purpose and commitment to something bigger than themselves.  She appreciated the teamwork approach and valued the collaborative environment.  Happy to be in uniform, Jennifer was always proud to represent the United States of America.

Last year on Veterans Day, Jennifer’s husband and children picked her up at Angel MedFlight for a surprise lunch celebration.  This year Veterans Day will be extra special for her family. After 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, her husband recently retired as a F16 pilot. 2015 will mark the first year he will celebrate as a Veteran rather than an Active Duty service member.

Jennifer would like to thank all service members for their selfless commitment, and the sacrifices that they along with their families make for their service to their fellow Americans.

 

Patrick Powers BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Flight Nurse

Military Dog Benny_2Patrick Powers joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and served as a Healthcare Specialist (EMT/LPN) for eight years. By the time he was honorably discharged in 2011, he had served a tour in Iraq and had risen to the rank of Sergeant.

Patrick’s tour in Iraq was professionally very rewarding.  It was his first experience working in an Intensive Care Unit. In addition to treating service members, he had an opportunity to care for local pediatric patients as young as 9 years old. He even used his skills to treat Benny, a military working dog.

For the first time, Patrick is taking Veterans Day off of work to share it with his family in a meaningful way.

 

Tom Cornatzer, RN, Critical Care Flight Nurse

Tom Cornatzer served 35 years in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force Reserve including multiple tours of duty. An enlisted member for the first seven years, Tom later served 28 years as an officer, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Tom was proud to represent the values and beliefs of our country and protect freedom for others. He considers his service the highlight of his life.

Tom served in four Operations including:

  • Desert Storm (Kuwait) – 1991
  • Operation Provide Hope – 1995
  • Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) – 2003
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) – 2004, 2006, 2009

With his extensive experience, he offers active service members valuable advice and words of encouragement:

Never forget your family; they are there while you serve. There are hardships that come with service, but there are rewards as well.  Focus on the rewards of your service. Take pride in being part of a team to accomplish the mission. Serve with a purpose. Obey those who are your superiors and start out every day ready to complete your assigned job.

This Veterans Day, Tom plans to dedicate time to thinking about those who are serving for our country, especially service members in harm’s way.

 

Angel MedFlight Honors All Veterans

Angel MedFlight also recognizes and thanks our Critical Care Flight Paramedic John Whitehead, a U.S. Army veteran, and four other Angel MedFlight team members for their proud service to our country.

The entire Angel MedFlight staff offers its sincere gratitude to all U.S. military service members past and present for their courageous commitment to protect the United States and the freedoms that we hold so dear. Happy Veterans Day!

 

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
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Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
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Angel MedFlight Awarded NAAMTA Accreditation for Air Ambulance Excellence

Since 2007 Angel MedFlight has proven to be a safe and reliable air ambulance company providing international and domestic medical flight services for long distance patient transports. The Angel MedFlight team recently achieved the highly respected NAAMTA accreditation for operational excellence, certifying our commitment to exceptional patient care and safety.

Angel MedFlight NAAMTA Award

Angel MedFlight NAAMTA Award

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, a leading air medical transportation provider, announced today that it has been accredited by the National Accreditation Alliance Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). This prestigious award certifies Angel MedFlight’s quality management systems and commitment to ongoing improvement. NAAMTA’s auditors verify excellence in safety, patient care, and aviation operations through a comprehensive application process and an on-site inspection. Angel MedFlight will join NAAMTA as an Alliance Member, an honor only extended to air ambulance providers who have earned this distinction.

The accreditation process is valuable for healthcare professionals and consumers as they select an air ambulance provider to transport their patients and loved ones. NAAMTA’s independent review and evaluation of Angel MedFlight’s operation validates the integrity and safety of the organization. Healthcare professionals, patients and their families can be confident that Angel MedFlight adheres to the highest standards of patient care.

“We congratulate and recognize Angel MedFlight’s employees for their unified commitment in providing high quality, patient-centric medical transport service. We acknowledge the efforts of Angel MedFlight for wanting to attain NAAMTA Accreditation because it reflects a dedication toward quality management and continuous improvement from a business perspective with equally valued efforts toward quality patient care and the safety of everyone involved in a medical transport,” said Roylen “Griff” Griffin, NAAMTA Executive Director.

NAAMTA is the only medical transport accreditation organization with an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management System. This additional level of accountability increases the transparency of NAAMTA’s evaluation process, ensuring quality and compliance.

“Since our ownership change in 2014, the new Angel MedFlight leadership team has focused on increasing the company’s transparency and demonstrating our commitment to patient care and safety. We value the opportunity for NAAMTA, a highly respected worldwide accrediting agency, to review our organization inside and out, and confirm our commitment to operational excellence. Angel MedFlight is proud to join NAAMTA as an Alliance member,” said Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer for Angel MedFlight.

About NAAMTA

NAAMTA is a leader in accreditation for the medical transport industry, offering procedures that include guidelines for developing a quality management system focusing on transport safety, patient care and continuous improvement. NAAMTA accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Defense. Find more information at NAAMTA.

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