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

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

Angel MedFlight Dispatcher Advocates for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Kayla @ JDRF Walk for a Cure Phoenix 2015

Scottsdale, AZ – April 17, 2015

The most important assets a company possesses are its employees. Angel MedFlight is a special company, comprised of an incredibly diverse, talented and compassionate group of individuals. Billie-Jo, an important member of the AMF Dispatch Team is a very special woman, mother and employee. Billie-Jo is always willing to step in and take on more work to help the team. She has the same attitude when it comes to a cause very close to her heart.  Not only does she come to work every day and make a difference, but she prioritizes time to volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and to help families with Type 1 Diabetes.

Billie-Jo (Mom) and Kayla @ JDRF Walk for a Cure  Phoenix 2015When Billie-Jo’s 12 year old daughter Kayla was 2, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).  Billie-Jo remembers taking her in and out of the doctor’s office trying to figure out why she was so lethargic and always wanting water. When she noticed Kayla’s urine was crystalized, she immediately took her to the ER. After she was stable, doctors rushed her to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She spent two weeks there while doctors cared for her. Her organs were already affected, along with her eyes. Fortunately, her organs have recovered and she sees her eye doctor every three months to keep her eyes healthy. In Mom’s eyes, she is a super hero and has become such a beautiful, strong, independent young lady.

The impact was very hard to understand for Billie-Jo and her family. No one in either family has had type 1 Diabetes. Educating themselves and their families about the disease was overwhelming; they all had to adjust to a new way of life. For Kayla, it is just her normal way of life. It’s all she has ever known. For Kayla and her family, it has been a blessing to have the support from other families and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Kayla was just recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. They have become a Gluten-Free home. Kayla not only manages Celiac and T1D, but is also an honor-roll student who loves her sports and staying active. Her passion is ice hockey and softball. She is a huge Coyotes fan with Martin Hanzal being her number one player. Kayla goes to a camp every summer with kids that have T1D. The camp keeps her involved and educated, reminding her that she is not the only one with the disease.

JDRF 4Billie-Jo is an advocate, actively seeking new knowledge of federal funding and research; discussing T1D with state lawmakers. She also gives time to help other families cope with T1D and is involved with the JDFR Walk for a Cure every year to help raise funds. Advocating for T1D is a passion for Billie-Jo making it easy to find time to stay involved.

Billie-Jo feels blessed to have found AMF. She is thankful to be a part of a team that helps so many people in so many ways. She loves knowing each day that she’s helped families in a significant way and is always excited to get to wake up and do it again the next day. “I feel like I’m part of a family and not just a company. I can honestly say this is a first for me.”

Angel MedFlight’s Innovative Website Wins Silver – Best Overall Web Design

Angel MedFlight Stevies Award

September 19, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight is proud to announce that we were the recent winner of the  Silver Stevie® Award for “Best Overall Web Design” at the 2014 American Business Awards™. Since 2002, the Stevie® Awards have been recognized as one of the most prestigious  achievements a business can be awarded. Businesses compete in several different categories for a Gold, Silver or Bronze statue. Stevie®, the name of the award, is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.” The crystal pyramid atop the award represents the hierarchy of human needs.

Angel MedFlight’s Marketing Department collaborates to create and maintain the creative and innovative corporate website. “Angel MedFlight was competing against much larger companies in this category, many of which are large, specialized agencies, so this is impressive.” said Chief Creative Officer/Senior Vice President Barry S. Keyles. Angel MedFlight is proud that we do all of our marketing in-house, including web design, copywriting, graphic design, photography/videography and business development.

Angel MedFlight’s website (www.angelmedflight.com) has beautiful photographs, award winning videos and a nice color scheme of warm, dark red and gray. The content is laid out easily for the visitor to find, with a lot of great information. There also is a blog section, photo gallery, video section, rotating and sliding photo features and easy to navigate icons. Angel MedFlight is quite proud of the website and equally pleased to have received recognition for the hard work that goes into making it possible.

In June, Angel MedFlight was also awarded two Gold Stevie® Awards in the “Excellence in Videography” category for two videos in its Emmy® Award winning series “My Real Life Moment™.” The series features the air medical transport process through the eyes of patients.

Celebrate Those Who Care For Premature Babies

NationaNeonatalNurseDay

September 15, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

September 15th is National Neonatal Nurses Day, a special day for the nurses that care for premature babies. These nurses are known as neonatal nurses.   It is National Neonatal Nurses Day, and members of the neonatal community and others are taking the time to recognize the good that these healthcare professionals do for the world’s smallest patients. Premature birth is designated as a birth at least three weeks before a baby’s normal due date (40 weeks). The earlier a baby is born, the more risk it has for healthcare problems. These premature infants often need to be cared for in a neonatal intensive-care unit, also known as a NICU. The babies are cared for in a neonatal incubator. The first neonatal incubator was invented in the nineteenth century by Dr. Stephane Tarnier.

Dr. Tarnier’s design was based on incubators that kept chicken eggs warm. Today’s neonatal incubators (Isolettes) are modern marvels that control temperature and humidity, keeping the baby in a perfect, comfortable and controlled environment.

There are four levels of care that neonatal nurses may work in:

Level I – Neonatal nurses care for healthy newborns

Level II – Neonatal nurses provide intermediate care for special-care premature babies. They provide special therapies for babies that may require a longer stay in the hospital.

Level III – NICU: Neonatal nurses provide breathing and feeding tubes in order for babies to survive.

Level IV – NICU: Neonatal nurses provide care for the most critical newborns.

The job of the neonatal nurse is to provide complete care for newborn babies. They are involved with the delivery, weighing and measuring of the newborn. Neonatal nurses that work in the NICU may be responsible for starting IVs, using ventilators, drawing blood and using incubators. They also use equipment such as baby warmers, cardiac monitors, stethoscopes and more. Besides caring for the babies, neonatal nurses often provide comfort for the parents. Often parents are scared and confused about what is happening with their newborn. The neonatal nurse answers their questions, and teaches new parents about newborn care and breastfeeding. It takes a special kind of nurse to care for these special babies.  Angel MedFlight would like to take the time to draw attention to and thank all of the neonatal nurses that are helping to save new lives.

Summertime Travel Destinations – Costa Rica is Pura Vida!

Playa Conchal – Photo By Arturo Sotillo

Playa Conchal – Photo By Arturo Sotillo

July 23, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

For those looking for a one-of-a-kind, unspoiled, natural paradise to visit, Costa Rica is a destination that boasts more than 300 beaches, 29 National parks, kind and generous locals, delicious fresh food and more. The locals call it Pura Vida, or Pure Life. This lush, beautiful country is located just above the equator, and, according to National Geographic, is said to have one of the best climates in the world.

Archeologists say civilization in Costa Rica dates back more than 10,000 years. Christopher Columbus came across Costa Rica in 1502. When he anchored off the coast, friendly tribes paddled canoes out to meet him and his crew. Four tribes inhabited Costa Rica at the time. Later, Spaniards colonized Costa Rica, bringing the smallpox virus with them that wiped out the majority of the tribes. Today, 1 percent of the population is related to the early tribes. These Spanish descendants are known as Ticos.

Arenal Volcano – Photo By Arden

Arenal Volcano – Photo By Arden

Costa Rica is made up of 7 provinces, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. With the Pacific Ocean on its west coast and the Caribbean Sea on its east coast, Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. There are over 700 miles of sandy beaches, and some of the best surf breaks in the world. Costa Rica is dedicated to preserving the country’s natural wonder. The government has made 26 percent of the country a protected conservation. This natural, unspoiled beauty is what brings travelers from all around the world to Costa Rica. There are dense rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, jungles, volcanoes and both black and white sand beaches to explore. Costa Rica’s flora and fauna are diverse with more than 10,000 types of plants, 850 types of birds, 3,000 kinds of butterflies and 209 types of mammals.

Monkey – Photo By Frontier Official

Monkey – Photo By Frontier Official

There is something in Costa Rica for everyone, including such activities as hiking, bird watching, eco-tours, sport-fishing, and scuba diving. The north Pacific region is known for great fishing and its sleepy fishing villages. The Caribbean coast has amazing bright white beaches lined with coconut palms, and rainforests that come right up to the water’s edge. The Central and South Pacific regions boast tiny villages, coffee plantations and towering unspoiled forested mountains. The majority of Costa Rica’s population lives in the Central Valley. It is here that modern city life and culture can be found.

There’s world-class surfing in Costa Rica

There’s world-class surfing in Costa Rica

With this much natural beauty, it is easy to understand why Costa Rica’s major industry is tourism. For a relaxing, adventurous vacation, travel to Costa Rica and explore all the wonder and beauty that Pura Vida has to offer.

 

 

 

http://www.geographia.com/costa-rica/history.htm

http://magazine.nature.org/features/forever-costa-rica-biodiversity.xml

Commercial Aviation has Come a Long Way – What the Future May Hold

The Benoist Airboat

The Benoist Airboat

July 14, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

This year marked 100 years of commercial aviation, which has come a long way throughout the years. We have the Wright Brothers to thank for getting it all started back in 1903 with their historic 12 minute flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Once man was able to take to the sky in a powered aircraft, the possibilities for commercial flight were endless.

 

Today it seems pretty routine to hop on a commercial flight and fly anywhere in the world, but back in 1914 it wasn’t that easy. The first true, paid commercial flight took place in 1914, between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. The Benoist Airboat  held one passenger that needed to weigh less than 200 pounds and the flight took 25 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket was $5.00. A few years later, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) started scheduled flights between Amsterdam and London, and is still in operation today, making them they oldest commercial airline.

DC-3

DC-3

100 Hundred Years of Advancement

The first Trans-Pacific flight was on a Pan-Am M-130 Clipper in 1935. It flew from San Francisco to Manila in a week and had to make several stops to get there. The Clipper was a flying boat with spacious cabins and a dining area. The American Airlines Douglas DC-3 entered into service in 1936, offering flights from New York to Chicago. The DC-3 was known as “the plane that changed the world.” It was considered a modern marvel for its time, having both long range capabilities and speed.

 

de Havilland Comet

De Havilland Comet

By 1952, the jet-age had arrived and the British made De Havilland Comet was the first commercial jetliner. Jets soon took over the commercial airline industry and by 1970 the world’s first wide-body luxury airliner took flight. Pan Am introduced New York to London flights aboard their beautiful, huge Boeing 747. Additional milestones followed over the next two decades beginning with Southwest Airlines’ introduction of their low-cost fare approach. By 1973, the first female pilot was flying for Frontier Airlines. In the 1980s, American Airlines offered the first frequent flyer miles program, providing incentives and benefits for repeat customers.

 

Airbus A380 - Photo by Joe Ravi

Airbus A380 – Photo by Joe Ravi

The Future

Commercial jets have become bigger, faster and more technologically advanced. In 2007 the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Boeing 747, was replaced with the mammoth Airbus A380 Super-jumbo.

Compared to early commercial jets like the De Havilland Comet, that held 44 passengers, this  modern marvel has two passenger decks and holds 853 passengers. If Airbus has something to say, the future of commercial airliners is going to be something like a scene out of Star Wars. Design concepts for future aircraft can be found on their website , featuring a jet with a skeleton-like frame called a bionic structure and membrane. The membrane allows you to see panoramic views of the outside. Other futuristic features include “organically grown” seats. The plant-based seats adapt to the passengers’ bodies and conform to become a custom fit for the individual. The seat will offer a massage, drinks and vitamins.  Body heat absorbed by the seat will create energy that will be used to help power the aircraft’s cabin; according to www.airbus.com. The special organic materials used in the cabin will clean and repair themselves. Personal cabin spaces can transform into an office or a bedroom and the cabin and jet could change shape. It all sounds so futuristic (much like it would have been for the Wright Brothers to imagine a 747), but Airbus claims it will become a reality in the not too distant future.

 

Looking back over the last 100 years of commercial aviation and the advances that have been made, it’s easy to imagine a future like Airbus predicts. To view some of these amazing concepts, you can go to: http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/

 

 

 

Angel MedFlight Team at the Case Managers Society of America 24th Annual Conference and Expo

Angel MedFlight presents a check

Angel MedFlight presents a check

July 11, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

Angel MedFlight was proud to once again participate at the 24th annual Case Management Society of America Conference and Expo that was held June 17-20th in Cleveland, Ohio.  Angel MedFlight had their own booth, held presentations, and handed out giveaways to all who stopped by.

The Case Managers Society of America (CMSA)“is the leading membership association providing professional collaboration across the healthcare continuum to advocate for patients’ wellbeing and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development, impacting health care policy, and providing evidence-based tools and resources” (cmsa.org).   CMSA allows case managers from across the country to join together to help provide the best care and experience possible for their patients and loved ones. Angel MedFlight works one-on-one with many members of the CMSA community to coordinate the care and safe transport of patients who are in need. In the opening ceremonies, CMSA members honored Angel MedFlight with the Award of Recognition for “Extraordinary Contribution to Advancing the Practice of Case Management”.  The Angel MedFlight booth was a place of giveaways, presentations, and lots of information on the services provided. Lotions, toy airplanes, and signature pens were handed out.  Several lucky attendees won prizes including $100 Visa gift cards, $500 in cash and an Alaskan Cruise!

Angel MedFlight presents the winner of the Alaskan Cruise with their prize.

Angel MedFlight presents the winner of the Alaskan Cruise with their prize.

 

Angel MedFlight Flight Nurse Greg Tidrick and Flight Paramedic Matt Butler lead the presentation “Innovation in Air Medical Crew Training.” Tidrick kicked off the session by explaining the history of air medical transport.  He talked about how the very first medical transport vehicles were hot air balloons, whisking injured soldiers off battlefields, and airlifting the wounded into the earliest airplanes. Today, more than 300 air medical programs exist in the United States alone.

Tidrick went on to explain what a typical medical flight crew consists of: critical care flight nurse, critical care paramedic, pilot, and co-pilot. “Flight paramedics and flight nurses must have extensive experience in critical care, as experience builds autonomy”, Tidrick explained.

The key characteristic of a flight nurse and paramedic is that “they must be great communicators and think on their feet”, Tidrick said.  The nurse and paramedic must work as a team to be prepared and tackle any medical emergency situation that may arise at any point during the flight.  Their number one goal is to keep the patient healthy and alive.

Tidrick goes on to tell about what Angel MedFlight does to make sure that all flight medical crew are equipped with the training and skills necessary to provide the best care possible. All flight nurses and flight paramedics must participate in advanced training curriculum and be prepared to treat any circumstance or trauma issues that may arise during a medical transport. They are trained with the use of SimMan®, a simulator android on which trainees can participate in life-saving maneuvers as the simulator has life-like reactions. SimMan® reacts as a real patient would; blinks, secretes from eyes, ears, and nose, among other bodily functions.  Training on this simulator allows nurses and paramedics to be more prepared for any emergency situation that may occur during a transport.

Tidrick and Butler went on to demonstrate a typical scenario when transporting a patient who becomes critical at high altitude. They explained that crews must be keenly aware of the laws of physics regarding oxygen, gas, and how altitude plays a role in what a team needs to do to administer the best treatment to a patient. Angel MedFlight crews are experts at trauma recovery, repatriation, and the transport of patients who are in need of organ transplants and other life-saving procedures.

Angel MedFlight was honored and proud to be able to contribute to the success of another annual CMSA conference.  The team is looking forward to collaborating with many more CMSA members on future flights.

For more information on CMSA and Angel MedFlight’s role in the conference, visit cmsa.org.