Angel MedFlight Achieves Elite Status With Specialty Care Certifications for Air Medical Transport

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 19, 2016) – Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance continues to lead the air medical transport industry by elevating the quality of care with its elite medical crew. Angel MedFlight’s team of flight nurses and paramedics have earned specialty care credentials for medical flights, exceeding required certification standards. The Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) and the Flight Paramedic – Certified (FP-C) designations assure health care professionals, patients and patients’ families that Angel MedFlight’s medical crew has proven their clinical expertise inclusive of all body systems, disease specific care, and flight physiology.

Few fixed-wing air ambulance programs reach this level of achievement due to the rigorous certification tests, which require extensive medical knowledge as well as transport specific care protocol. Worldwide, less than 3,400 flight nurses have earned the prestigious CFRN credential and approximately 5,300 flight paramedics hold the FP-C designation. Nationally, the pass rate for the CFRN is 59 percent and the FP-C averages at 57.5 percent. Angel MedFlight’s 100 percent certified medical crew reflects the company’s culture of continuous improvement initiated by the new executive leadership when Angel MedFlight changed ownership in 2014.

“From the moment we acquired Angel MedFlight, we have focused on improved patient safety and quality. Building a team of exceptional clinicians has always been a top priority,” Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Angel MedFlight, said. “The CFRN and FP-C certifications symbolize our medical team’s commitment to excellence in flight medicine, and we are very proud of their success. Their skill and professionalism ensure our patients are safely transferred hundreds or thousands of miles.”

About the CFRN and FP-C Credentials

Administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the CFRN certification measures the attainment of medical knowledge specific to flight nursing. The program is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance. BCEN certifications can be viewed as a guarantee of competency and commitment to continuing education and provides proof of dedication to the practice of emergency nursing care.

Founded in 2000, the Board For Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC) administers the FP-C designation for flight paramedics. The certification process is focused on the knowledge and skill level of accomplished, experienced paramedics currently associated with Flight and Critical Care Transport Teams.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services on a fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals simplify the coordination of air ambulance transfers for patients, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

Available around the clock, the Angel MedFlight team coordinates every detail of Bedside-to-Bedside® patient transfers to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Angel MedFlight is accredited for operational excellence in air medical transport by NAAMTA, an ISO 9001:2008 organization.

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ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and Angel MedFlight partner to provide specialized care for critical patients

Since 2007, Angel MedFlight has built a reputation for safe, seamless air medical transports, transferring patients to facilities around the world. We are especially proud to partner with Centers of Excellence as their preferred air ambulance provider, allowing patients access to life-changing specialty care.


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ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health is the National Center of Excellence for patients at risk for the life-threatening medical complications resulting from severe anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Founded in 2008 by world-renown eating disorder expert Dr. Philip S. Mehler, ACUTE provides the medical expertise and psychological support to handle the most complex cases.

ACUTE’s medical stabilization program can offer life-saving treatment for patients who may have been previously unresponsive to medical care or have experienced complications of refeeding syndrome at a local facility. Healthcare professionals should consider a patient referral to ACUTE if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • Are at a critically low weight, typically less than 70 percent of their ideal body weight

AND/OR

  • Suffer from life-threatening medical complications including severe electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, edema (fluid overload), gastrointestinal complications, bradycardia, SMA syndrome, organ failure, previous bouts of refeeding syndrome, etc.
  • Need assistance to safely and comfortably “detox” from severe substance, alcohol, laxative or diuretic abuse
  • Are too critically ill or severely low weight to enter a traditional inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment program

Air Ambulance Transfers To ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

Angel MedFlight transports medically fragile patients to ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders from every region in the United States. Whether patients are hundreds or thousands of miles from ACUTE’s location in Denver, Colorado, Angel MedFlight provides safe air medical transfers, allowing patients to receive the specialized care they desperately need.  If a patient is in need of a medical flight to ACUTE, please consider the following:

  • Angel MedFlight is the Preferred Air Ambulance Provider for ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health
  • The medical teams at Angel MedFlight and ACUTE adhere to the same specialized patient care guidelines to ensure patient safety and continuity of care throughout the transport and hospitalization
  • The Angel MedFlight team verifies insurance benefits and submits preauthorization requests to expedite medical flights

Please click here to download informational material on ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and learn how Angel MedFlight can help patients reach this Center of Excellence.

For more information about ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, please click:  Acute Website

Angel MedFlight Saves You Valuable Time With 4 Key Tips

Typically patients and their families rely on hospital case managers and social workers to guide them through transitions of care. While some transitions are as simple a hospital discharge to the patient’s home, others are more complex. Some patients need cross-country air medical transfers to Centers of Excellence for specialized care. Ill or injured international travelers may require an air ambulance to return to their home country for treatment.

The more critical the situation, the more precious time becomes. Angel MedFlight is committed to expediting safe air medical transports and offers helpful strategies for healthcare professionals as well as patients’ families to save valuable time.

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Matthew Butler, Chief Flight Coordinator 

 

Our Chief Flight Coordinator, Matt Butler, joined Angel MedFlight in 2010 as a Flight Paramedic before he transitioned to our Flight Coordination team in 2014.

Matt has personal experience with every aspect of an air ambulance transfer and he is pleased to share 4 tips to streamline air medical transport process.

 

  1. Choose an accredited air ambulance provider 

A third party accreditation, such as NAAMTA, CAMTS or Eurami ensures that the organization adheres to the industry’s highest care and operational standards so you don’t have to spend time researching every provider.

Read more about Angel MedFlight’s NAAMTA certification by clicking here or the link below

http://www.angelmedflight.com/NAAMTA-accreditation-alliance-medical-transport.html

  1. Have the patient’s destination, insurance information, and medical records available

The more details you can provide upfront, the quicker the Angel MedFlight team can prepare a quote, explore air ambulance insurance benefits, and evaluate the patient’s medical needs for the flight.

  1. Allow the air ambulance provider to handle insurance preauthorization submissions

Securing insurance approvals for medical flights can be time consuming and complicated. Angel MedFlight has a team of specialists dedicated to submitting insurance preauthorization requests. Let them put their expertise to work for you.

  1. Designate your points of contact

Our Flight Coordinators manage all of the air and ground logistics, as well as the communication with patients, family members, insurance company representatives, and healthcare professionals at the sending and receiving facilities. Let us know who you would like to receive status updates or itineraries and we will handle the rest.

 

The Angel MedFlight team is here for you every day, around the clock at 877.264.3570 or online at www.AngelMedFlight.com. Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance with a patient transfer.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Angel MedFlight Introduce the Second Class of Their Healthcare Education Series

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Angel MedFlight recently introduced the second class of their collaborative educational series for healthcare professionals. The new class titled, “Traumatic Injuries, Decision Making and Windows of Opportunity” debuted at the August meeting of the Arizona chapter of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA). The session was well received with attendees unanimously ranking the class as a 5 out of 5. To learn more about the speaker and curriculum, please read the story below. For information on future classes, please  subscribe to our RSS feed.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) will launch the second class in their healthcare educational series with the August presentation of “Traumatic Injuries, Decision Making and Windows of Opportunity.” Led by RIC’s Director of Global Patient Services, Rebecca Brashler, LCSW, the session will premiere this week at the Arizona Chapter meeting of Case Management Society of America (CMSA) in Scottsdale, Ariz. Certified case managers in attendance will receive continuing education credits for their participation.

 

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance. (PRNewsFoto/Angel MedFlight Worldwide)

The curriculum will focus on the formidable challenges surrogates face when attempting to honor the wishes of an injured patient and will present guidelines for counseling families in the absence of an advance directive. Following traumatic injuries, case managers are often called upon to assist family members with complex decision-making regarding medical treatment options and discharge planning.

Caring for families at their most vulnerable moments takes both skill and compassion. The class will outline several approaches frequently recommended during ethics consultations, including value clarification, windows of opportunity for treatment, and time-limited trials of therapy in rehabilitation Centers of Excellence. Class participants will also learn strategies for evaluating appropriate post-acute care facilities and coordinating air ambulance transfers. Access to air medical transportation can be vital because it expands patient care options by reducing distance barriers to out-of-area specialty facilities.

“We are proud to offer this educational series with RIC,” Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Angel MedFlight, said. “Providing care management professionals with strategies to advise and assist families in challenging situations strengthens the patient support network. Those who attend the class will benefit from Rebecca Brashler’s extensive experience and valuable insight.”

The educational series is a result of an ongoing collaboration between Angel MedFlight and RIC. This class has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to certified case managers (CCMs).

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Founded in 1953, RIC has been designated the “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Reportevery year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — RIC’s new, state-of-the-art research hospital, will open in early 2017.

For more information, go to http://www.ric.org/services/.
Journalists contact: mediarelations@ric.org, 312-238-6016

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services on a fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals simplify the coordination of air ambulance transfers for patients, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

Available around the clock, the Angel MedFlight team coordinates every detail of Bedside-to-Bedside® patient transfers to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Angel MedFlight’s operational excellence in air medical transport is accredited by NAAMTA, an ISO 9001:2008 organization.

Find more information about Angel MedFlight‘s services, follow them on Facebook and on its blog.

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2016 2nd Quarter Angel Award Recipient

Patrick Powers, Critical Care Flight Nurse, is the 2nd Quarter Angel Award Recipient

 

Patrick-PowersAttendance and Punctuality, Commitment to Quality, Compassion

for the Patients & Families, Customer Service, Dependability,

Exceeds Expectations, Goal Setting & Achievement, Innovative Ideas,

Inspirational, Internal/External Relationships, Job Performance,

Positive Attitude, Problem Solver, Role Model/ Mentor Behavior,

Safety Advocate, Takes the Initiative, Team Player

 

“Patrick has become an integral part of the clinical team through his ongoing participation in the Clinical Leadership Committee and with his role in managing the NREMT database. He is easy going in the field and offers constructive feedback when warranted. He is an invaluable member of the clinical department and we are lucky to have him!”

“Though only here for a very short time, Patrick has embodied everything that Angel MedFlight desires in an employee. He has quickly adapted to the role, and is the first one to say yes we can when a flight requires changes or accommodations. He has worked above and beyond to ensure his patients and the passengers on his flight are provided the best opportunity for success. He demonstrates the compassionate nature not only for his patients and passengers but also for the pilots and office members he serves daily. He has been instrumental not only in the educational committee but also the leadership committee. As a new employee, he provides an outstanding example of an individual who is interested in growing and improving not only himself, but also his peers and the company at large. He is our go to team leader for problem flights.”

These are just some of the things that Patrick’s teammates are saying about him! Patrick is a dedicated team member and an integral part of this company. AMF is fortunate to have Patrick on the team.

 

Congratulations Patrick!

Inc. Magazine Columnist Marissa Levin Thanks Angel MedFlight

“@angel_medflight Thanks for taking such great care of my friend & his family.”

– Marissa Levin

Marissa Levin, founder and CEO of Successful Culture, recently mentioned her personal experience with Angel MedFlight in her column on Inc.com. Marissa’s friend became critically ill hundreds of miles from his home and his oncology physicians. Through a colleague, Marissa discovered Angel MedFlight, and our critical care medical team was selected to transport her friend.

We were pleased to assist Marissa’s friend and his family during a very difficult time, returning him to the care of his hometown physicians to receive treatment with the support of his family and friends. Everyday, we are fortunate to assist patients and their loved ones in their time of need.

We send our sincere condolences to Marissa and her friend’s family. It was an honor for us to be part of their journey.

Top 5 Reasons To Choose Angel MedFlight

An Excerpt from Marissa’s article

A very close personal friend recently passed away from Stage 4 Adrenal Cancer after being diagnosed only 3 1/2 months ago. He and his wife of 20 years are the parents of three children, ages 18, 16, and 14. My friend was to start chemotherapy in early May. Prior to his treatment, he desperately wanted to travel with his wife for one last getaway, to a location about 5 hours flight time from home.

Shortly after their arrival at the resort, he became gravely ill, and required hospitalization. While hospitalized, he deteriorated rapidly, to the point where doctors doubted his ability to travel back home. My close friend (his wife) kept me apprised, and said to me, “it’s highly unlikely we will be able to get him home.

I immediately reached out to my network. One of my professional friends, a fellow Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) member, is a pilot, and is quite active in the aviation community. I shared with him the urgency of transporting my friend home via an air ambulance. I took a chance that perhaps he knew someone who could make this happen.

He reached out to the owner of Angel MedFlight, a provider of Air Ambulance services. They provide air-based Intensive Care Units. This proved to be the only way to transport my friend home…

 

…It is indisputable that bringing my friend home to be among friends and family in the comfort of his own home, temporarily extended his life. Read the entire post on Inc. at http://www.inc.com/marissa-levin/the-most-important-rule-of-networking-no-one-talks-about.html

 

Angel MedFlight

Angel MedFlight is committed to simplifying the air ambulance process for our patients and their families, providing a safe, seamless transfer on the ground and in the air. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care on every mission.

 

An amazing recommendation and testimonial – https://twitter.com/marissalevin/status/732328020640292864

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Meet Angel MedFlight – Critical Care Flight Nurse Arend Folkens

Arend folkens in Angel MedFlight flight gear

Throughout his six years as a nurse, Arend Folkens has experienced plenty of important lessons and notable moments. In fact, Arend said one of his most rewarding moments as a critical care flight nurse with Angel MedFlight happened within the first six months of his position. The Angel MedFlight team arrived at 3am in Cancun, Mexico to transfer a patient with a broken hip. They flew all night, transporting the patient to Minnesota for surgery. It was a mission Arend said left him with great joy knowing he made a significant difference in the patient’s life.

Arend said his family’s history in medicine initially inspired him to become a flight nurse. His grandfather was both a pilot and a doctor, which encouraged Arend to combine the two paths in his own career.

Although Arend’s particular career path has sent him to the skies for now, one of his favorite things about the field is the flexibility of job opportunities nurses have.

Arend Folkens graduation picture“As a nurse, I can work in critical care, the emergency department, pediatrics,  the OR, and the list goes on,” he says. “Nursing is a highly diversified field of medicine and makes for a very interesting career.”

He encourages aspiring and current nurses in any field to keep an open mind and never stop learning.

“Healthcare is always changing with new meds, new procedures, and new diagnoses,” he says. “In order to be good at what you do and continue to be excited to show up to work, staying current is key.”

We are incredibly thankful to have Arend on the Angel MedFlight team. Every day, people like him work tirelessly to ensure seamless medical transport every step of the way.