Caring for Patients and the Community

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Angel MedFlight’s booth at the fundraising event for the Yarnell firefighters at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

While Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is all about providing the kind of care that exceeds our patients’ and industry expectations, there is also a deep care for our community and an employee commitment to it. This is why Angel MedFlight tries to support so many outstanding charitable organizations during critical fundraising campaigns.

Most recently our employees volunteered at the Hope Worldwide Phoenix Carnival for Homeless Children. There, members of our team manned a first aid booth and handed out treats to children and families who are less fortunate. Others from Angel MedFlight gave kids manicures and haircuts while others grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.

Just a few months ago, Arizona suffered one of its saddest days when 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were killed while battling the Yarnell wildfire that displaced hundreds of residents. Like most, we were grief-stricken by this tragedy and wanted to help in any way we could. We chose to partner up with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale for a pancake breakfast and all-day fundraising event with all proceeds going to the 100 Club of Arizona Survivors Fund. It was heartwarming to see so many area residents and motorcycle riders stop by the Angel MedFlight booth and buy 10, 20, 50 dollars worth of raffle tickets in order to help the families of the brave 19 souls who lost their lives trying to save others.

The grand prize from the Angel MedFlight raffle was an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii, but when the winner was announced, he chose to donate the value of the trip to the 100 Club. When it was all said and done, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Angel MedFlight had raised over $100,000 for the 100 Club Survivors Fund.

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Members of the Angel MedFlight team demonstrate the photo cutout at the Relay for Life in Anthem, Ariz.

It’s a good thing Angel MedFlight has so many great fitness-minded people on the staff as they enjoy walking for great causes. Take for example the Relay for Life in Anthem, Ariz., when members of our team took part in an overnight fundraising walk, all to benefit the American Cancer Society. Angel MedFlight has a special bond with cancer patients as we often transport them to facilities to undergo treatment and specialized care. That day in April, we walked alongside patients currently undergoing treatment along with survivors of the devastating disease.

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Angel MedFlight’s Jackie Martinez and friends at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The offices of Angel MedFlight can be a colorful place as we help to raise awareness for a number of causes. In September we wore shades of gold as part of the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s “Go Gold” campaign during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few weeks later, as leaves changed color to signal the arrival of Fall, we changed into pink shirts to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our talented graphics and marketing departments came up with a special pink ribbon logo on a pink t-shirt and employees of the air ambulance company purchased the shirts with part of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Fund. During the organization’s Race for the Cure in Phoenix, our director of community relations wore the shirt while participating in the  5k race and the one-mile walk.

Employees are encouraged to give their time for causes like those mentioned above. We are constantly reminded through participation how gratifying it can be to simply give our time…to give a part of our heart.

Angel MedFlight Gives Back to Community at Carnival for Homeless Children

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services is committed to using its expertise in healthcare and compassionate medical services to give back to the community whenever possible. This past weekend, Angel MedFlight was on-site at the HOPE worldwide Carnival for Homeless Children in Phoenix, AZ.

The carnival is a chance to bring together needy children with local community members under a banner of togetherness, understanding and joy.

Child Meets Volunteer Entertainer

Child Meets Volunteer Entertainer

The event was held at the largest school for homeless children in the United States, Children First Academy. The school provides hope for approximately 300 students and their families, who live at the poverty line or are homeless. Children First Academy provides the necessities, care and attention these children and their families need to live safe and healthy lives.

More than 700 homeless people showed up for the event, while around 350 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds worked closely with attendees to ensure each had a day full of experiences to remember. Among the volunteers were Arizona State University football players, the Globe Trotters, a real-life superhero team called the Arizona Avengers, hygienists and Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services representatives.

Carnival Concessions

Carnival Concessions

Throughout the day children ran back and forth with joy and contentment. There were dunk tanks, an obstacle course, concession stands and lots of carnival-themed games. Children regularly stopped by the Angel MedFlight stand for free candy and, if needed, a bandage. For those instances where first aid might be needed, Darren Thenell, critical care flight paramedic was on hand to provide expert medical care.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services is the premier air medical flight service. Medically equipped, long-range, high altitude and high speed Learjets streak across the skies, transporting critical care patients to and from their much needed destinations both domestic and international. Teams of experts both on the air and in the ground facilitate Angel MedFlight medical flights and provide the highest levels of compassion and expertise.

For more information on air ambulance services, medical flights or arranging air medical transportation, please visit the Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services website at www.angelmedflight.com or call 877-264-3570.

Angel MedFlight and Fredericktown Fire: Teaming up to Save Lives

The Fredericktown (Ohio) Community Fire District’s fire-suppression fleet just grew by one, courtesy of a surprise gift from Jeremy Freer, a Fredericktown Fire alumnus and President and CEO of international air medical transport leader Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance. He surprised the district with a new Polaris Wildfire off-road rescue vehicle, presented during a May 28 pancake breakfast at the firehouse.

“We certainly appreciate this generous act,” says Fredericktown Fire Chief Scott Mast. “The Polaris will greatly assist us in the control of grass and field fires, and its smaller stature will give us access to areas that we previously could not reach. Being able to carry a Stokes basket will enable us to more effectively remove a patient from remote areas. We can also use the Polaris as a first responder at local events. It really is a significant asset to our station and to the people of Knox County.”

A past supporter of Fredericktown Fire, Freer was pleased to again contribute.

“Volunteering for Fredericktown Fire was the start of my career in medical services, and I’ll always be proud to belong to such an incredible group,” says Freer. “These men and women put their lives on the line in service to others, and the Wildfire will be another resource to aid in their rescue efforts.”

First organized in 1854, the all-volunteer Fredericktown Fire District is today comprised of 27 men and women and serves more than 8,700 citizens over a 115-square-mile radius in Central Ohio. The department was honored as the 2010 Ohio Volunteer Fire Department of the Year.

Honoring Our Military on Memorial Day

Originally known as “Decoration Day” for the tradition of placing flags and flowers on fallen soldiers’ graves, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country.

Ways to honor the brave on Memorial Day

  • Gather with loved ones and read American and family histories
  • Visit grave sites or memorials
  • Enjoy a parade in your community
  • Tune in to the National Memorial Day Concert held at our nation’s Capitol
  • Thank U.S. service members for all they do to protect our freedoms
  • Pause at 3:00 p.m. local time to observe a National Moment of Remembrance for those who have died
  • Find other Memorial Day events online or in your local media

Angel MedFlight pays tribute to our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation.

We salute all of our military service men and women for your bravery in safeguarding our great country’s freedom.

Angel MedFlight to Participate in Challenge Air Fly Day

Angel MedFlight is excited to be a part of The Challenge Air for Kids & Friends Phoenix, AZ Fly Day on Saturday, April 24th.  This amazing event allows children with special needs to take a brief flight over Phoenix.  For many of the children, this will be their first flight ever.

Each year local volunteers and community organizations work together to provide a day of inspiration for the children and their families, and this year, Angel MedFlight will be providing a medical crew for the event.

Each child will get to walk down a red carpet and take a 30 minute plane ride over phoenix.   They will also be able to explore a Phoenix Police Department Helicopter and Fire Department Fire Truck.  Other activities on hand for the day include Aviation Bingo, Reading with BookPALS, Cake Roll, Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Cleared for Take Off with Troop #1327, Coloring Corner, DJ, Build your own foam airplane and special appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog , Mascots from the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes and some Arizona Royalty.

The Phoenix Fly Day in 2009 gave almost 100 children the opportunity to fly!  This year Challenge air hopes to bring over 140 children into the skies.

Event Details:

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cutter Aviation Deer Valley

Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport

530 West Deer Valley Road

Phoenix, AZ 85027

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Angel MedFlight President Joins Forty-Under-40 Class of 2010

2010 Forty-Under-40 Awards & Reception

Angel MedFlight President, Jeremy Freer has been inducted into the Forty-Under-40 class of 2010.  The Phoenix Business Journal started the Forty-Under-40 Awards in 2000, to recognize the leaders in the community and within their industries.

On April 6, 2010, Freer and 39 other young leaders in the Phoenix metro market were honored and recognized for their accomplishments during a special awards reception held at the Bentley Projects in downtown Phoenix.

You can read about Freer and all the honorees in the latest issue of the Phoenix Business Journal dedicated to honoring this year’s 40 Arizona professionals under 40.

Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight President, Receiving Forty-Under-40 Award

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Angel MedFlight Shows Support for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Every 23 seconds a brain injury occurs in the United States, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).

Angel MedFlight Employees Wear Blue to Show Support for Brain Injury Awareness Month

In recognition of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, Angel MedFlight is wearing blue to help raise awareness and show support for those affected by this debilitating injury.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.  A TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting language, thinking, behavior, sensations and/or emotions.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans live with a disability resulting from a TBI.

Lisa Counters (right), AMF Senior Litigation Counsel & BIAAZ President

“Brain injuries not only affect survivors, but also their families and friends,” explains Lisa Counters, Angel MedFlight Senior Litigation Counsel and the Brain Injury Association of Arizona (BIAAZ) President.  “Creating awareness and generating support allows the [BIAAZ] to continue helping individuals and families cope with a brain injury, and connect them with providers who offer medical, legal and emotional support.”

To learn more about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to support education and awareness efforts, visit the following websites:

Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)

Brain Injury Association of Arizona (BIAAZ)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Angel MedFlight President Selected to Phoenix Business Journal’s Forty-Under-40

Everyone at Angel MedFlight is thrilled to learn that our fearless leader has been recognized as one of the best young leaders in the Phoenix metro market.  Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight Founder and President, will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Phoenix Business Journal honoring 40 Arizona professionals under 40.

Phoenix Business Journal

2010 marks the 10th year of the Forty-Under-40 program – and its long run proves its value to the Business Journal readers, community and to those honored each year.  We couldn’t be more excited and proud of Jeremy for receiving this prestigious honor.

When Jeremy was nominated for the Forty-Under-40 Award he had to provide “his story” in 500 words or less!  With such a tremendous story, this was no easy task, but he got it done and we would like to share it with you.

Jeremy Freer’s Story:

(told in just 498 words)

In 1999, Jeremy Freer started his career as a part-time volunteer firefighter in Fredericktown, Ohio. Today, he’s President/Managing Director of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services.

After obtaining his EMT-paramedic certificate, working as a firefighter in Columbus, OH and working at a nearby medical center, Jeremy relocated to Arizona to attend Midwestern University and obtain his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. Jeremy applied for a critical care flight paramedic position soon after the move and was thrilled when offered his dream job.

Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight President

Jeremy went on to work for a few other air medical transport companies and has numerous stories about how he helped with life-saving missions to transport critical care patients to get them the medical attention they needed. This was his dream job, but something was missing. The industry overall seemed emotionless; as if the health care professionals were only focused on seeing a certain number of patients a day and only treating superficial symptoms. Jeremy knew there was a need for a more complete and compassionate care system for patients, and he decided he would be the one to make that happen.

Jeremy worked to expand his knowledge as a flight paramedic. He also began to study insurance law and decided that his air medical transport company would include an in-house legal team to further ensure patients received the care they rightfully deserved. Under Jeremy’s direction Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services is now operating and providing superior air medical transport services by taking care of every detail, bedside to bedside, with a team of flight nurses and an in-house legal team to help patients understand their insurance policies.

To Jeremy, it was a matter of doing what was right – starting this new company allowed him to provide critical care patients with a team of people who truly care and who work around the clock to lessen the burden and improve each situation.

Jeremy’s passion for the air medical business and helping people in need extends beyond medical crises. He believes in always looking for opportunities to give someone something that they never would have gotten otherwise without his help – this can be illustrated by Angel MedFlight existing and providing air medical transports to those in need; it can also be illustrated by Jeremy’s selfless commitment to giving to charity. Jeremy serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Arizona and has donated funds to several causes including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Stepping Stones of Hope in Arizona, HOPE Worldwide, and even the Fredericktown Community Fire District. In addition to the everyday community events, Jeremy has donated medical flights to those in need who were told they didn’t qualify for the service under their insurance plan and could not otherwise afford the flight; this was most recently done for a St. Joseph’s pediatric patient.

Serving patients throughout the world in need of critical medical care or donating to nonprofit organizations, Jeremy always finds a way to raise the bar and provide for the community.

CONGRATULATIONS JEREMY!


Wearing Red for Women

Angel MedFlight Employees Wear Red to Show Support for Women's Heart Disease Awareness

You may be seeing red today, and a lot of it.  That’s because it’s National Wear Red Day.  Americans across the nation, including employees at Angel MedFlight, are wearing red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness.

Heart disease is the number one killer and health threat for women.  The American Heart Association started the Go Red for Women movement to help women fight back against heart disease and to educate them about their health risks.  According to the reports, statistics and researches, one in four American women dies of heart disease and that 90% of women have at least one health risk.

Even the Men Find a way to Show their Support for Women's Heart Disease Awareness

To learn if you are at risk visit the American Heart Association website.

To get involved in heart disease prevention, learn more about the Go Red for Women movement.

Straight to the Heart: American Heart Month

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  The most common type is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack.  Other cardiovascular diseases include arrhythmia, heart failure, congenital heart disease and peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Since 1963, Congress has required the president to proclaim February “American Hearth Month” to help raise awareness and urge Americans to join the battle against cardiovascular diseases.

Anyone, at any age, can develop heart disease.  “A build up of plaque in the coronary arteries over time can reduce or block blood flow to the heart, which may result in heart attack,” explains Rose Teskie, Chief Flight Coordinator at Angel MedFlight.  “But, people can reduce their chances of developing heart disease by taking a few simple steps to prevent and control factors that put them at risk and by knowing the signs and symptoms associated with heart attack.”

Risk Factors:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Inactivity

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort that lasts more than a couple of minutes, or that goes aways and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck or jaw.
  • Shortness of breath.  Feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest.
  • Nausea, light-headedness or breaking out in a cold sweat.

Preventing Heart Disease:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Quit smoking.  If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Check your cholesterol.
  • Treat and manage your diabetes.

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, women account for nearly 50% of these deaths. There are many ‘Women and Heart Disease Campaigns’ to create awareness including Go Red for Women, The Heart Truth Campaign and National Wear Red Day.  Employees of Angel MedFlight invite you to participate in National Wear Red Day to show your support for women’s heart disease awareness, by wearing a red shirt, dress, tie, pants or just a pin on February 5, 2010.

For more information on heart disease visit the sites:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

American Heart Association

*** All Angel MedFlight nurse flight coordinators are licensed nurses and case managers.

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