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.

Holiday Giving Project: Second Annual Backpacks 4 Kids

The employees of Angel MedFlight were able to bring a Happy Holiday to Mrs. Bodam’s 1st Grade Class of Westwood Primary in the Alhambra School District of Phoenix, AZ.   In Angel MedFlight’s Second Annual Project Backpack 4 Kids employees were again blessed with the opportunity to give food, clothes, toys, and more to the children in the 1st grade class. It was such a proud experience to be a part of making these children’s holiday wishes come true. Happy Holidays from all of us at Angel MedFlight.

 

Angel MedFlight “Food Fight” Donations Benefit Vista Del Camino Food Bank

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Team Donated Food forThanksgiving Food Drive

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Team Donated Food forThanksgiving Food Drive

 

This holiday season, the Angel MedFlight team shifted its annual food drive into high gear, donating more than 2,050 canned or non-perishable food items to the Vista Del Camino Food Bank. In the spirit of giving, the staff stirred up a friendly competition between departments affectionately known as the “Angel MedFlight Food Fight.” For two weeks, staff members contributed to the growing stack of donations.

On Tuesday, November 24, a final count was tallied and the Angel MedFlight IT department emerged as the food donation victors donating 990 non-perishable food items!

“The interdepartmental rivalry created a fun environment that benefited

Angel MedFlight Thanksgiving Food Drive

Angel MedFlight Thanksgiving Food Drive

the food bank and increased collaboration among the staff,” explained Paul Green, Chief Information Officer and leader of the IT team. “The Food Fight competition really pushed our teams to donate, but of course, giving back is more important than winning. That’s what makes the holidays so meaningful.”

Angel MedFlight’s Claims & Legal department came in a close second followed by the generous contributions of the Flight Coordination department.

“We are so happy that the Angel MedFlight food drive was such a success,” said event organizer Melanie Gassert of the Angel MedFlight Human Resources department. “Even though it turned into a friendly competition, we never lost sight of what this food drive is really about…giving to those in need during this holiday season.”

About Vista del Camino Food Bank

Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.

Vista houses other social service programs including The Salvation Army emergency assistance.

Vista del Camino Food Bank
7700 E. Roosevelt St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
P: 480-312-2323

http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/social-services/vista-del-camino

 

Veterans Day – To Honor Those Who Serve

To Honor Those Who Serve

veterans-dayAngel MedFlight is proud to honor Veterans and active military service members for their commitment to ensure the safety and protect the freedom of all Americans. On this meaningful day, we would like to introduce five veterans on the Angel MedFlight team.
 

Brett Murphy, Developer – IT Department

Brett Marine Corps photo-1Brett Murphy served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993-1997. He served as airframes/hydraulics mechanic on CH-53e Super Stallion helicopters and was stationed at MCAS Tustin (now closed) as a member of HMH-361.

He deployed October 1994 on the maiden voyage of the USS Essex (LHD-2) and performed numerous multinational training exercises. In addition, the USS Essex was called upon to help with the final UN withdrawal from Somalia, called Operation United Shield. He returned to Tustin in April of 1995. Brett completed in his service in 1997.

He advises active service members to embrace the programs provided for them and to take advantage of the opportunities for training, education, and travel.

 

Chaleece Caldwell RN, CFRN Critical Care Flight Nurse

Chaleece.jpgChaleece Caldwell is a U.S. Army veteran from a family with a proud history of service. Her military legacy includes five brothers, her husband and two children.

Chaleece served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army for two years. Her husband served 13 years in the U.S. Air Force followed by 27 years in the U.S. Army. Her son served nine years in the U.S. Air Force and is currently in his third year of active duty in the U.S. Army. Chaleece’s daughter served six in the U.S. Navy.

Following her honorable discharge, Chaleece used the G.I. Bill to attend nursing school. She has provided compassionate patient care as a flight nurse for 25 years.

 

Jennifer Peterson RN, Flight Coordinator

jennifer veterans day.jpgJennifer Peterson served as nurse in the U.S. Air Force for 14.5 years. For the first six years, Jennifer served as an enlisted member and then joined the officer’s ranks, finishing her service as a Captain. She found personal and professional fulfillment working with other service members who shared a united sense of purpose and commitment to something bigger than themselves.  She appreciated the teamwork approach and valued the collaborative environment.  Happy to be in uniform, Jennifer was always proud to represent the United States of America.

Last year on Veterans Day, Jennifer’s husband and children picked her up at Angel MedFlight for a surprise lunch celebration.  This year Veterans Day will be extra special for her family. After 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, her husband recently retired as a F16 pilot. 2015 will mark the first year he will celebrate as a Veteran rather than an Active Duty service member.

Jennifer would like to thank all service members for their selfless commitment, and the sacrifices that they along with their families make for their service to their fellow Americans.

 

Patrick Powers BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Flight Nurse

Military Dog Benny_2Patrick Powers joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and served as a Healthcare Specialist (EMT/LPN) for eight years. By the time he was honorably discharged in 2011, he had served a tour in Iraq and had risen to the rank of Sergeant.

Patrick’s tour in Iraq was professionally very rewarding.  It was his first experience working in an Intensive Care Unit. In addition to treating service members, he had an opportunity to care for local pediatric patients as young as 9 years old. He even used his skills to treat Benny, a military working dog.

For the first time, Patrick is taking Veterans Day off of work to share it with his family in a meaningful way.

 

Tom Cornatzer, RN, Critical Care Flight Nurse

Tom Cornatzer served 35 years in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force Reserve including multiple tours of duty. An enlisted member for the first seven years, Tom later served 28 years as an officer, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Tom was proud to represent the values and beliefs of our country and protect freedom for others. He considers his service the highlight of his life.

Tom served in four Operations including:

  • Desert Storm (Kuwait) – 1991
  • Operation Provide Hope – 1995
  • Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) – 2003
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) – 2004, 2006, 2009

With his extensive experience, he offers active service members valuable advice and words of encouragement:

Never forget your family; they are there while you serve. There are hardships that come with service, but there are rewards as well.  Focus on the rewards of your service. Take pride in being part of a team to accomplish the mission. Serve with a purpose. Obey those who are your superiors and start out every day ready to complete your assigned job.

This Veterans Day, Tom plans to dedicate time to thinking about those who are serving for our country, especially service members in harm’s way.

 

Angel MedFlight Honors All Veterans

Angel MedFlight also recognizes and thanks our Critical Care Flight Paramedic John Whitehead, a U.S. Army veteran, and four other Angel MedFlight team members for their proud service to our country.

The entire Angel MedFlight staff offers its sincere gratitude to all U.S. military service members past and present for their courageous commitment to protect the United States and the freedoms that we hold so dear. Happy Veterans Day!

 

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
17851 N. 85th Street, Suite 350
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
(877) 264.3570
www.angelmedflight.com
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