Flight Back to Life by Lindsay Morgan

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Lindsay with Dr. Gaudiani
Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS
Medical Director, ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders
Hospitalist, Denver Heatlh
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado

Scottsdale, AZ – August, 27 2015

There I was: lying in a hospital bed, barely coherent, trying to maintain consciousness in between seizures long enough to understand what my doctor was saying.

“It’s time for hospice.”

Even in my barely conscious state, I was shocked to my core. I knew things were bad. My weight was down to an unimaginably low number and my blood pressure and heart rate were barely discernible. I had more than thirty seizures over a two-day span, and had surprised even my doctor by staying alive as long as I had. I never truly believed this would be my end, though. I then reached out to my previous doctor in Denver, who told me in no way was I to accept that this was it. She arranged a medical flight by Angel MedFlight, and as soon as I was stable, I was transported to the ACUTE center for eating disorders at Denver Health.

Once there, at a center for the most medically severe anorexia patients in the world (my 6th time there), my doctor and I decided that it was indeed time to say goodbye and go on hospice healthcare. If you had asked me then, I would have told you truthfully that I was ready to accept death. I was thinking about how I would spend the last days of my life: places I wanted to visit and goodbyes I wanted to say. I began setting up end-of-life care plans for when I was too weak to care for myself. I spent days sobbing over my imminent demise and even started writing farewell letters to my loved ones. I thought about people I wanted to include in my will and how to word my final goodbyes.

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Lindsay: Prior to treatment at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

You see, I have a potentially terminal illness, one that has almost stolen my life several times to date: Anorexia Nervosa. It has left me feeling hopeless and helpless. I waited for the magic treatment to come along that would cure me. I asked “why me?” and lamented over opportunities stolen from me because of this disease: school, relationships, having children, and simply enjoying life. I thought I had exhausted every option for living and death was the only way out.

After several exhausting days, though, I realized something: it didn’t have to be this way. I didn’t have to cause the same pain that I’ve felt to my friends and family. I didn’t have to accept death from my illness. Until I take my last breath there is an opportunity for change. I decided to stop asking “why.” and start asking “how,” instead. How can I live with this disease? How can I do the best I possibly can, knowing every day will be hard while all the while continuing to push forward? How can I sit with my misery until it dissipates instead of starving myself into the grave?

I cried because I have too much to do left in this life to leave it so early. I have a career to be had and school to be finished. I have books to read and worlds to explore. I have great big bear hugs to give to my nephew. I have tears to cry and laughs to bellow, love to give and a niece to see grow up. I have both joy and devastation, solace and companionship, failures and successes to experience.

It still seems overwhelming. I think of being twice the weight I was and I want to give up, accepting my fate of dying from this disease. I have realized, though, that I don’t need to know how I am going to make it through tomorrow; I only need to know how I am going to make it through this day, this hour, this minute. If I can continue to set aside how I feel in the moment in order for my lifelong values to be honored, then maybe one day it won’t matter so much to me. Maybe one day I will live in peace, enjoying the ups and downs that life has to offer. After all, it is the depths of despair that carve out the capacity for joy.

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Lindsay with her nephew, one of her biggest inspirations

After I decided to give life another shot, my doctor arranged for me to go to treatment on a full scholarship, and though this was my ninth time attempting such treatment, something was different this time. I still hated it. I still fought it. I screamed and cried and begged to be let go. But my doctor refused to give up on me. And I refused to give up on myself. For six long months, I battled my disease with every bite that I took and pound that I gained.

Today, I am home and weight-restored. My health has bounced back and I am enjoying life in a way that I never knew was possible.  I have beautiful friends, a family that I love, a wonderful church, am going back to school, and am leading an organization that I am passionate about. For so long I believed it was a burden to be alive; now I know the truth: it’s a blessing.

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The Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Team

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Angel MedFlight Poised for Growth with New Corporate Headquarters

Scottsdale, AZ – August 18, 2015

Angel MedFlight has relocated to a new corporate office in Scottsdale, Az. This new office building provides an opportunity for future growth and expansion of the Angel MedFlight team.

Angel_MedFlight_new_building“Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, a leading air medical transportation provider, has announced a relocation and expansion of its corporate headquarters. Angel MedFlight has executed a 5-year lease at The Pinnacle in Perimeter Center, 17851 N. 85th St. in Scottsdale, Arizona, approximately two miles north of its prior location.

The move stems from Angel MedFlight’s need for a more functional space to accommodate growth and demand for the provider’s air ambulance services. The new office space has been designed with advanced technology and enhanced amenities to better serve its domestic and international clients. In the last twelve months, Angel MedFlight has transferred patients from 49 states and 13 countries. The air ambulance company was recently awarded two prestigious aviation safety distinctions, earning the ARGUS Platinum Rating and the IS-BAO Stage 2 accreditation. These internationally recognized honors rank Angel MedFlight among elite air carriers throughout the world.

“Our new headquarters is a reflection of our commitment to process improvement. The office provides a more efficient work environment, conducive to collaboration and increased productivity, allowing us to better serve our patients. The new configuration will help us significantly improve our internal and external communication as we continue to grow and evolve within the industry,” said Jason Siegert COO and President.

To create ergonomic and team-friendly work environments, Angel MedFlight worked with a local designer to select state-of-the-art office equipment. Partitioned walls and traditional environments were replaced in favor of collaborative workstations, innovative breakout centers, and technologically driven room displays.

Angel MedFlight also has leased a new hangar at The Scottsdale Airpark to maintain its fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. The move was completed at the end of June.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services with a fleet of medically configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals coordinate every detail of a Bedside-to Bedside® patient transfer to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Find more information at www.angelmedflight.com/.”

Original release can be found on http://www.pr.com/press-release/633358

 

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
17851 N. 85th Street, Suite 350
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
1 (877) 264-3570

 

 

Discover Canada’s Allure as a Tourist Destination

Scottsdale, AZ – August 11, 2015

Many travelers get so caught up in a state of wanderlust that they can easily forget the amazing destinations they call their neighbors.

Canada is one such destination for Americans. Far too many people seem to forget about the beauty the country has to offer, but this should not be the case.

Once you visit one or more of these spots, you probably won’t let Canada slip to the back of your mind again. Here are just a couple of the country’s most popular destinations for a first-time Canada explorer:

Toronto:

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Toronto isn’t necessarily an outdoorsman’s paradise like some other spots throughout Canada, but it has a little something for everyone. The region’s beaches are popular hotspots for locals and tourists alike, and are popular destinations for boating and water sports.

Toronto is also very well known for its gigantic Chinatown. The meals are cheap and authentic, and it’s also a great place to get hearty Asian fruits that aren’t found in chain supermarkets.

Though Toronto’s theme parks, entertainment centers and museums aren’t always exceptionally unique compared to those found in the United States, there are a few notable eccentricities to take note of.

For instance, every September, Toronto’s Queen’s Park hosts Canada’s largest annual outdoor book and magazine festival. You can also take tours of Casa Loma, the former “medieval” estate of entrepreneur Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Those who do want a signature outdoor experience should check out the trails in the Don Valley.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has been deemed by locals and tourists alike to be home to “the friendliest people in Canada.” Perhaps its citizens are so happy because they live in a region that is filled to the brim with fresh air and beautiful natural scenery. Nova Scotia boasts over 100 beaches in addition to impeccable sailing, excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks. The region is a dream for those who love to spend entire days and nights outside.

Adventurous travelers can hike the seven-mile Skyline Trail, kayak the North River, swim on Melmerby Beach or go tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. Even if you’d rather take it easy, you’ll find amazing low-key experiences driving along the picturesque Cabot Trail, attending a summer concert in Halifax, relaxing in Upper Clements Park, or wandering through the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

Nova Scotia is a nearly idyllic travel option for the modern North American explorer, and should definitely be on your radar if breathtaking landscapes are your thing.

Angel MedFlight frequently flies in and out of Canada, and though our team’s focus was on providing the highest quality care for our patients, it was hard not to notice how truly beautiful and expansive Canada is. Should something happen to you or a loved one during a trek along the coast or a Chinatown binge session, know that Angel MedFlight is always on call to serve you and ensure quick, quality care.

Click here to learn how an international air ambulance service can help you in a medical crisis.

Canary Islands International Travel Hotspot

Scottsdale, AZ – July 28, 2015

The classic summer getaway usually consists of a well-planned trip to some international hotspot like Europe, Hawaii, or the Bahamas. But those looking for a slightly more unconventional experience should consider the culturally rich and aesthetically unique Canary Islands.

Located just off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago that continue to retain a vibrant Spanish influence with expansive, subtropical southern landscapes.

The word “island” may bring to mind an endless region of soft beaches and palm trees, but the Canary Islands are far more than a sleepy beach town. In many ways, the Canary Islands are a perfect all-in-one destination for any traveler, from the mountain lover to the desert bunny to the beach bum.

The islands have something for whatever mood or group you’re in, including:

  • Timanfaya National Park

    Timanfaya National Park

    Timanfaya National Park: This ethereal region was created in the 1700s after more than 100 volcanoes erupted throughout the terrain. The craters, colors and climate will make visitors to the park feel like they are walking on the moon or another planetary landscape. Located on the island of Lanzorote, the park offers unique hiking opportunities, guided tours, and even camel rides.

  • Maspalomas Sand Dunes

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes: Located on the island of Gran Canaria, the dunes offer a soft, expansive view of the rolling sands. The dunes are a popular place for sunbathers and explorers alike. Adventurers can spot very unique plant and animal life in the region, and can travel around by foot or by camel.

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    La_Palma

    La Palma: For the lifelong nature lover, the island of La Palma is a heaven on earth. It offers some of the most stunning sights in the entire Canary Island region, with bountiful natural waterfalls, endless greenery, and volcanic desertscapes. The entire island is a designated biosphere reserve, and it’s easy to see why.

  • Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz: A beautiful portion of La Palma, Santa Cruz is a quaint, yet vibrant seaside town with impeccable architecture and centuries-old palaces and churches. Any design lover will be instantly smitten with the way Santa Cruz combines natural views with thoughtful structures.

Of course, as with any international travel, a trip to the Canary Islands may present a few unique health risks, especially to those with delicate systems. Travelers should make sure they have their rabies and Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

If any sort of medical emergency should occur in the midst of this island paradise, remember you can always rely on AngelMedFlight (AMF) to transport you or your loved one back home for medical care.

International Travel To Well Known Cities In Japan

Scottsdale, AZ – July 16, 2015

The wanderlust bug seems to bite people especially hard in these hot summer months, and many travel sites and magazines are taking advantage of that by producing lists of amazing summer destinations.

For every well-known city within any given country, there are thousands upon thousands of smaller sights and experiences waiting to be discovered. Japan is a land that offers endless magnificence and rich tradition. It is fit for the most avid of outdoor explorers and the most energetic big city folk.

Tokyo is a common, bustling hub for tourists, but it is far from the only notable asset of the country.

Nagano, Japan - World Travel Guide By Angel MedFlight

Nagano is a breathtaking option for outdoor lovers, and offers prime opportunities to climb the Japanese alps, play in the snow, or soak in a hot spring. Osaka is another popular destination, offering something for everyone with its rich history, modern influences, and expansive downtown area.

Koyasan, Japan - World Travel Guide By Angel MedFlight

Two hours south of Osaka is the pensive, peaceful area of Koyasan, where the heart of Japanese Buddhism dwells. It is a sacred getaway for those looking for ultimate relaxation and an intellectual experience for the senses.

Yet another vibrant location is Okinawa, which some compare to a Hawaii within Japan. It consists of Okinawa, Japan - World Travel Guide By Angel MedFlightseveral small islands and a subtropical climate for those looking for a warm beach getaway.

Even locals will tell you that the possibility for discovery and enjoyment in Japan is truly endless. However, as with all new destinations, any traveler should be aware of the health risks specific to the area. Travelers to Japan, especially those traveling for a significant amount of time or who have pre-existing conditions, should ensure they have Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies vaccines.

If a health emergency were to take place overseas, remember that Angel MedFlight, a global air ambulance provider, is committed to safely and expertly transporting you back home for continued medical care. Learn more about Angel MedFlight’s international air ambulance services at http://www.angelmedflight.com/international-medical-transport-resources/

Angel MedFlight Awarded Prestigious IS-BAO Stage 2 Aviation Accreditation

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Jet In Hangar

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Jet In Hangar

Scottsdale, AZ – June 17, 2015

Angel MedFlight has recently earned the IS-BAO Stage 2 aviation accreditation. Awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), IS-BAO certifies excellence in aviation operation and safety. With this distinction, Angel MedFlight joins an elite group of aviation operators from around the world. Families and healthcare professionals can always count on Angel MedFlight to transport their loved ones and patients safely.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance announced today that the company has earned the coveted IS-BAO Stage 2 aviation accreditation. Awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the certification verifies that Angel MedFlight has achieved and maintained the highest international standards for safety, security, efficiency, and professionalism in the aviation industry.

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) is a code of standards and best practices designed to assist and evaluate flight departments worldwide. The Stage 2 certification is an upgrade to Angel MedFlight’s original 2013 IS-BAO Stage 1 award, and verifies achievement of safety standard milestones. There are less than 325 other air carriers in the world that currently hold this prestigious distinction.

“This award certifies that Angel MedFlight is among the elite aviation operators in the world, dedicated to safety and operational excellence. More importantly, it provides peace of mind for family members and healthcare professionals who trust us to safely transport their critically ill or injured loved ones and patients,” stated Angel MedFlight President Jason Siegert.

Certification for the award requires a comprehensive on-site audit and assessment of safety-related operational processes and management systems, including the company’s Safety Management System, Emergency Response Plan, safety policies and procedures, and documented records of aircraft operation and maintenance.

Since 1981, IBAC has evaluated aviation operators around the world. IBAC is an international, non-governmental association that represents, promotes, and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory forums. IS-BAO is a voluntary accreditation and is recognized as a standard of excellence worldwide.

“Angel MedFlight’s IS-BAO Stage 2 award marks the successful completion of operational and safety goals set in our Stage 1 accreditation. We continually improve our process to better serve our patients and their families,” said Brandon Kearns, Director of Operations for Angel MedFlight.

Read more about the Angel MedFlight’s mission and commitment to excellence at Angel MedFlight.com

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services with a fleet of medically configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals coordinate every detail of a Bedside-to-Bedside® patient transfer to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Find more information at AngelMedFlight.com, Facebook or on their blog at Angel MedFlight Blog.

Angel MedFlight
8014 E. McClain Suite 220
Scottsdale, Az 85260
1.877.264.3570

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Angel MedFlight Earns ARGUS Platinum Rating Safety Award

Angel MedFlight has recently been awarded the ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating Award for the second year in a row. One of our team’s biggest goals is patient safety.

ARGUS Platinum Award AngelMedFlight

ARGUS Platinum Award AngelMedFlight

This is the second consecutive time that Angel MedFlight has received the ARGUS Platinum Rating, earning the first Platinum distinction in 2013. ARGUS has been evaluating aviation operators nationwide since 1995. The Platinum Rating is the organization’s highest safety honor with only 25 percent of all ARGUS rated operators receiving the award. It is recognized industry wide as a measure of excellence. The independent certification ensures consumers that Angel MedFlight adheres to the aviation industry’s highest safety standards.

“This award reflects Angel MedFlight’s continued commitment to the safety of our patients, passengers, and staff,” Angel MedFlight President Jason Siegert said. “Family members and healthcare professionals trust us to fly medically fragile patients across the country and around the world. Their confidence in our safety standards has resulted in an increased number of patient transfers. In 2015, we’ve experienced record-breaking flight volumes. There’s no doubt that patients choose us for our seamless service, compassionate care, and safety record.”

“We are very proud of this award. I believe that we have the best team in the air medical transport industry,” said Brandon Kearns, Angel MedFlight’s Director of Operations. “We are focused on safety and committed to continuous improvement. Every time an Angel MedFlight aircraft takes off, safety is our top priority.”

The original press release can be found by visiting http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/angel-medflight-worldwide-air-ambulance-earns-argus-platinum-rating-safety-award-300095057.html

Learn more about Angel MedFlight’s services and its commitment to safety at http://www.angelmedflight.com/services.html