Angel MedFlight caught up with our board member, Captain Mark Kelly, to discuss air ambulance, the medical flight industry and the benefits of Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance. The link below takes you to this fascinating interview.
It is always an honor for the Angel MedFlight team to be part of a patient’s journey. To ensure every
transfer is seamless, we partner with case managers at facilities around the world. These valuable healthcare professionals are committed to successfully bridging their patients’ transitions of care. We appreciate their dedication and their trust in Angel MedFlight.
In support of case managers and their continued professional development, Astronaut Mark Kelly — a member of Angel MedFlight’s Board of Directors — will provide the Keynote Presentation at an upcoming American Case Management Association (ACMA) National Conference.
To learn more about this opportunity for care management professionals to connect with Capt. Kelly, please continue reading below.
Angel MedFlight Sponsors Astronaut Mark Kelly as Keynote Speaker at ACMA National Conference
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 17, 2017) – Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is proud to sponsor retired US Navy Capt. Mark Kelly as the keynote speaker at the American Case Management Association (ACMA) 2017 National Conference in Washington D.C. April 20-23. Kelly, a former NASA space shuttle commander, will speak on Friday morning, April 21 at the Gaylord National Resort. More than 1,400 case management professionals from across the country are expected to attend the annual conference. Angel MedFlight is the exclusive Educational Underwriter for the keynote presentation.
Kelly’s inspiring message will include highlights from his career including the 54 days he spent in space during four space shuttle missions. He will discuss achieving success and building strong teams in challenging environments. Kelly will also share his family’s personal tragedy and resilience after the 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The couple wrote about their harrowing experience, Giffords’ on-going recovery, and their optimism for the future in their book “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.”
An innovative leader, Kelly joined Angel MedFlight’s Board of Directors in the fall of 2015 as an aviation expert. Kelly is involved with Angel MedFlight’s efforts to educate healthcare professionals on air medical transport services.
“I’m excited about Angel MedFlight’s mission,” Mark Kelly said. “Angel MedFlight’s partnerships with Centers of Excellence has helped lead the charge of patient-centric care. I look forward to speaking to the dedicated group of healthcare professionals in D.C. Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to put the focus of healthcare back on the patient. Angel MedFlight is proud to be a leader in this important cause.”
Angel MedFlight has a strong relationship with case management professionals across the country and has partnered with ACMA as a corporate sponsor since 2011.
“We are continually impressed by case managers’ commitment to successfully guide their patients’ transitions of care. It is an honor for Angel MedFlight to support the continued education of these dedicated healthcare professionals. Capt. Mark Kelly is a dynamic speaker who offers a unique perspective on teamwork and the healthcare system. We believe conference attendees will be able to apply Capt. Kelly’s strategies for operational excellence to their own careers,” said Jason Siegert, Angel MedFlight’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
About Capt. Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, New York Times best-selling author, and experienced aviator with more than 6,000 flight hours in over 50 different aircraft. He flew combat missions in the first Gulf War and has made four trips into space; his final mission as the last commander of space shuttle Endeavour. Mark serves as an independent safety advisor for SpaceX and is a co-founder of World View Enterprises, an Arizona based aerospace company which is pioneering a frontier at the edge of space. He also serves on several corporate boards including the board of directors of Angel MedFlight.
In January 2011, Mark’s wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in an assassination attempt. This tragic event forced Mark to learn more about air medical transport options as he searched for an air ambulance service to transfer Gabby to Houston for recovery and rehabilitation.
Mark understands all too well the needs of families facing the challenge of having to move a sick or injured family member across the country. He has reviewed Angel MedFlight’s best-in-class aviation and clinical safety protocols and is confident in the service that Angel MedFlight provides its customers.
Find more information about Mark Kelly’s keynote presentation at www.angelmedflight.com/Mark-Kelly-Astronaut.html
Angel MedFlight is honored to be a part of the Abby’s journey.
The Angel MedFlight team helps patients and their families reach hospitals across the country for specialized care every day, but it is unusual for an entire family to permanently relocate as well.
CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, recently featured the story of the Muszynski family’s move from Florida to Colorado to secure life-saving treatment for their five-year-old daughter Abby. Born with a rare genetic neurological disorder called Aicardi Syndrome, Abby has suffered from thousands of seizures.
Abby’s physicians have tried more than 15 medications; however, none have worked. Faced with life threatening seizures and repeated reductions of Abby’s state Medicaid benefits, the Muszynski family made the heart-wrenching decision to leave their home state and extended family to seek more comprehensive treatment for Abby.
Angel MedFlight’s critical care medical team transported Abby and her mother Kim to Colorado where the family believes Abby will receive the care she desperately needs.
To read more about this precious little girl and her family’s incredible struggle, please click here to link to CNN’s online video and article.
In Celebration of National Case Management Week last month, Angel MedFlight sponsored its 2nd Annual Get Away Giveaway Contest. We thank all of the healthcare professionals who entered the contest throughout October and generously shared their insights on air medical transports. We value all of the opinions that we received and aim to incorporate the suggestions in our 2017 communication plans.
Our winners were randomly selected on Thursday, November 3 from more than 1,200 contest entrants. Each received an $800 airfare voucher on the airline of his and her choice.
Charles Hart – Case Management Appreciation First Contest Winner
Committed to Finding Solutions For Patients & Families
Charles Hart is dedicated healthcare professional accustomed to multitasking and problem solving, which is essential for his case management role in Anchorage, Alaska.
After retiring from the Air Force, Charles earned his nursing degree five years ago. Now he uses his ingenuity to help patients and their families navigate challenging healthcare situations. In fact, one of his favorite responsibilities is coordinating long-range air medical transfers for his patients. Logistics coordination within a tight timeframe is his specialty.
Charles plans to use his $800 in airfare to take his wife somewhere warm and bright during the long Alaskan winter. Angel MedFlight thanks Charles for his dedication and we wish him a safe trip with plenty of sunny days!
Megan Mollere – Case Management Appreciation Second Contest Winner
Compassion and Determination Make a Positive Impact
Although she is relatively new to case management, social worker Megan Mollere already understands the importance of her role for her patients and their families. She is thankful that she can make such a positive impact and finds helping others very rewarding. Her compassion, enthusiasm, and upbeat personality are instrumental in her success. She treasures the relieved look on her patients’ faces when she solves their transitions of care concerns.
Megan’s positive influence is not limited to her patients. Hospital physicians, staff members, and patients’ families all know that Megan will greet them with a smile and a hug, determined to help any way she can. For her case management colleagues across the country, Megan encourages them to “continue the amazing work you do. Your work is incredibly beneficial to your patients…even if they never tell you.”
Megan hopes to use her $800 airfare voucher to take an international vacation with her husband in 2017. Angel MedFlight is grateful to work with caring professionals like Megan and we wish her a wonderful trip!
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 29, 2016) – Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is proud to accept an Emmy nomination from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its “My Real Life Moment – Steven Hill” patient profile. The segment featuring Angel MedFlight patient and stroke survivor, Steven Hill, is one of three nominees in the Interview/Discussion/Feature/Segment category. The Emmy winner will be announced during the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards on Saturday evening, October 8th at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Angel MedFlight’s Emmy nominated video can be viewed on its website at AngelMedFlight.com/my-real-life-moment-steven-hill.html
“We’re grateful to the Emmy selection committee for their recognition of this compelling story,” said Barry Keyles, Angel MedFlight’s Chief Creative Officer and Vice President. “While the segment focuses on the catastrophic medical condition that Steven suffered while on vacation in a foreign country and his on-going rehabilitation, it is also an inspiring story about the love and support of his wife and his family. We’re thankful that Angel MedFlight was able to transport Steven and help the Hill family.”
“My Real Life Moment – Steven Hill”
Produced by the Angel MedFlight team, the segment was filmed over the course of five years, following Hill through his initial recovery and ongoing rehabilitation. Hill was just 33 years old when he suffered both an ischemic and a hemorrhagic stroke while on vacation with his wife Tanya in Jamaica in 2009. The next hours, days and weeks were harrowing as Hill received a medical flight to Florida for treatment, uncertain if he would survive. Hill required a craniectomy to remove part of his skull known as the bone flap to allow for the swelling of his brain. Stable, but still in serious condition, Angel MedFlight provided an air ambulance transfer to Boston for his extended care and rehabilitation
Hill still lives in the Boston area with Tanya and they expressed their appreciation to the Emmy selection committee with a joint statement, “We are honored along with Angel Med Flights to have created this documentary that shows Steven’s journey from tragedy to happy ending. Thank you to everyone involved with this project.”
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 21, 2016) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) selected Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance as the winner of the 2016 BCEN Honorary Certification Recognition Award – Small Health Care Facility. The honor was presented at a ceremony on September 16 as part of the Emergency Nursing 2016 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. The accolade celebrates the hard work and achievement of Angel MedFlight’s medical crew. All of Angel MedFlight’s nurses have earned their Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) credential, joining an elite group of air medical transport clinicians who hold the prestigious designation. Worldwide less than 3,400 nurses have earned the certification.
Administered by the BCEN, the CFRN is a specialty care certification that verifies medical expertise specific to flight nursing. The rigorous exam tests a nurse’s knowledge of body systems, disease specific care, and flight physiology. Nationally, only 59% of nurses who take the test earn their CFRN credential. Few fixed-wing air ambulance medical teams achieve 100 percent certification, making Angel MedFlight’s accomplishment an impressive distinction worthy of the BCEN’s recognition and award.
“We launched an initiative for our flight nurses to earn their CFRN credential when Angel MedFlight changed ownership in 2014. We are very proud to achieve this goal,” Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Angel MedFlight, said. “The CFRN credential tells healthcare professionals, patients, and their family members that they can depend on the proven clinical expertise of the Angel MedFlight medical team. This accomplishment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to exceed air medical transport standards and lead the air ambulance industry.”
About the CFRN and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing
The Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) credential is administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and 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.
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.