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Angel MedFlight Accepting Applications for Aviation Scholarship” Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is pleased to once again offer the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation. Applications are being accepted now through July 11th for the fall 2014 scholarship award.

Angel MedFlight established the scholarship, in partnership with the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA), to promote leadership and resourcefulness in students enrolled in aviation degree programs across Arizona. The recipient will receive $3,000 toward his or her tuition at an accredited Arizona college or university.

“Part of our mission is to give back to our communities and this scholarship allows us multiple touch points,” adds Cassandra Graper, Angel MedFlight Executive Vice President. “We have a unique opportunity to nurture the educational dreams of a local student and support the development of business aviation careers.”

Interested applicants must prepare a three-minute video biography for Angel MedFlight explaining the importance of an aviation career to them; a situation where they demonstrated resourcefulness when presented with a challenge; and improvements they would like to see in Arizona’s aviation industry.

Candidates should submit the video biography along with a completed and signed application, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Video applications must be postmarked by July 11, 2014.

Completed submissions should be mailed to:
  • Angel MedFlight
  • Attention: Scholarship Committee
  • 8014 East McClain, Suite 220
  • Scottsdale, AZ 85260
The scholarship will be awarded to a U.S. citizen without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university. The student must be actively pursuing a degree in the aviation field.

For more scholarship details, or to download an application form, please visit http://www.angelmedflight.com/azbaascholarship.html.

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Angel MedFlight Honors Students for Autism Awareness Month” Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is honoring students during National Autism Awareness Month by donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy in Arizona, a school specializing in students with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and PDD-nos. The computers will be used for the school’s Digital Music/Video Editing Program.

In addition to the donation, Angel MedFlight is hosting an event for the students to learn about aviation and the air medical industry.

“We always looks for ways to give back to our community and ensure children have exposure to the aviation field and its career possibilities,” said Angel MedFlight Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.

Students will have a chance to learn CPR, pose for pictures with Angel MedFlight Pilots, Flight Nurses and Paramedics, see the equipment used to transport patients and even learn about aircraft maintenance.

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Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Releases Latest “My Real Life Moment: Baby Aiden” Serrena Garcia, a young mother with a beautiful smile explains how grateful she is to be headed out on a lifesaving journey with her son.

Baby Aiden was born with a serious digestive condition. Although he was receiving care at home in Arizona, he needed specialized medical care that was only available in Boston. At just five months old, Baby Aiden was taking his very first trip on an airplane; traveling to Boston Children’s Hospital for potentially life -saving treatment. On a warm day in July of 2013, accompanied by Angel MedFlight’s team of neonatal nurses, mom and baby departed from the Scottsdale Airport.

Serrena was also looking forward to reuniting her family. Aiden’s dad, John Garcia, had just finished a tour of duty and was reassigned to a naval base in Boston where Baby Aiden would be treated.

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Angel MedFlight to Present at American Case Management Association’s National Conference Recent changes in the American health care system affect the delivery of care. As regulations are revised and new rules released, case management and transitions of care have become increasingly important to ensure an effective and efficient care process.

To help educate critical care partners on the role of air ambulance services and the continuum of care, Angel MedFlight staff will present, “The Critical Role of Case Managers in Air Medical Transport and Continuity of Care,” at this year’s conference of the American Case Managers Association (ACMA) in Chicago. The break-out session will be held Saturday, April 12 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Angel MedFlight, a platinum-level sponsor of the event, will also be an exhibitor.

The 2014 ACMA’s National Conference, which runs April 10-13 at the Hyatt McCormick Place, is a resource designed specifically to provide Hospital/Health System Case Management professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to overcome barriers and navigate the changing health care system.

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Angel MedFlight’s Base of Operations Are Initiated Wherever Their Jets Land Keeping Air Medical Transports Focused On the Needs of Patients At Angel MedFlight company headquarters are in Arizona but operations initiate wherever the aircraft land.

Always on the forefront of innovation, Angel MedFlight’s thinking behind keeping a mobile base of operations is to better serve patients and keep costs down. By not "repositioning" crews back to Arizona after every single flight, and then engaging new flights from there, costs are kept lower and flight operations streamlined.

States Director of Operations Brandon Kearns, "Our jets fly around the globe and around the clock. Having a fluid base of operations allows us to reposition our medically-configured Learjets based on patient needs - saving time by eliminating the need to return to one centralized base."

The only time aircraft are brought back to Scottsdale is for scheduled maintenance. By not having to fly back to a central location every time, this "wheels down" approach means Angel MedFlight serves more patients on any given day.

Patients also benefit from flight and medical crews staying with the aircraft for their entire shift, ensuring attentive and compassionate Bedside-to-Bedside® care. Bedside-to-Bedside® service means that the same members of the medical team that have been assigned to the patient’s transfer are at the patient's side, throughout every segment of the transfer, from the sending facility, during the entire air medical transport, and to the receiving facility.

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Angel MedFlight’s Critical Care Medical Crew Train with High-tech Patient Simulator to Create Real-Time Emergency Scenarios Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance’s Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics train with a lifelike, high-tech patient simulator called SimMan®3G. This full-body simulator allows real-time critical and emergency scenarios for immediate response and recovery. Training on SimMan® is just part of the rigorous orientation process and stringent continuing education hours required of medical flight crew and staff.

SimMan® allows for Angel MedFlight’s clinical educators to create true-to-life patient scenarios and cases to test and train flight medical teams. Since SimMan® is designed with all the functioning systems of a real patient, medical personnel are able to treat the patient as they should and the patient’s systems react just as a real patient’s systems would in the field.

SimMan® 3G is virtually lifelike: He blinks, cries, has a pulse, , and can make heart, lung and bowel sounds. His pupils respond to light. He can secrete from his mouth, eyes, ears and nose. He responds to medications, anesthesia, oxygen and carbon dioxide.

“Training on SimMan is like treating an actual patient who reacts to drugs, procedures, and stimuli,” says Angel MedFlight Education Director, Matt Greenwell, R.N. “He gives us the opportunity to treat a full range of conditions and patients, from normal to stable to unstable, and offer practitioners critical scenarios on which to respond accurately.”

SimMan® is a valuable educational tool in Angel MedFlight’s lifesaving efforts. Patients reap the benefits that this real-time, authentic training affords. Critical Care Flight Nurses and Paramedics are required to participate in regular ongoing and annual training, including hazardous materials recognition and response, infection control, critical care for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients and flight safety

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Angel MedFlight Secures Nevada Air Ambulance Transportation License Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance announces it is fully licensed by the State of Nevada to transport patients in or out of the state (Official State Permit No. 16477). An industry leader and innovator in the air ambulance industry, Angel MedFlight is committed to providing the safest and highest standard of patient care and service.

Nevada State Law - NRS 450B.830 was amended on October 1, 2013 by Nevada State Senate Bill 285, prohibiting emergency air ambulance providers from transporting patients to or from the State of Nevada without first complying with the state’s individual medical, safety and transportation requirements. The documented designation of SB 285 relates to licensing requirements for emergency services only, nonetheless, Angel MedFlight decided to further its commitment to servicing those in need of emergent and non-emergent fixed-wing air ambulance services and obtained the State of Nevada License, complying with all of the standards and conditions presented.

“Although this license was not actually required as it relates to our specific services as a worldwide, fixed-wing operator, we committed to obtaining the license in order to constantly strive to go above and beyond for our patients and clinical partners,” commented Jeremy T. Freer, CEO and President of Angel MedFlight.

Established seven years ago, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is an award-winning innovator in fixed-wing air medical transport. It is recognized by patients and case managers around the world for its exceptional service, care and commitment to patient advocacy. Angel MedFlight employs a team of experts in insurance law, medicine, aviation and case management to enhance patient care and streamline the insurance authorization and transport process.

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Angel MedFlight Announced a Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 2014 IMPACT Award Finalist Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is honored to be one of 16 Arizona companies chosen as a finalist for the 27th Annual IMPACT Awards.

The Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley's business community and economy.

Angel MedFlight, established in 2007, was among the top-eight finalists in the Small-to-Medium-sized Business Category. Two final recipients are selected in each of four categories including: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence and Response to Adversity.

“This is an exciting honor and we are happy to know that our work within the healthcare field and our local community is having a positive impact,” stated CEO & President Jeremy T. Freer.

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Celebrating Seven Years - Exceptional Service Helps Angel MedFlight Raise the Bar in International Air Ambulance Transports Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance has been an innovator in the air ambulance business from the beginning, and this year, the company celebrates its seventh anniversary as an industry leader in international air medical transport.

In 2007, company founder Jeremy T. Freer was working his way through medical school as a flight paramedic. He recognized the need for an improved system when he witnessed patients in life-threatening situations having to wait for their insurance companies to approve medical flights. Frustrated, he saw that the system needed to be fixed, so he set out to start his own company.

Today, patients and case managers around the world value Angel MedFlight’s exceptional service, care and commitment to patient advocacy.

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Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Doubles its Air Medical Transports in 2013 At Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, it’s all about transporting patients safely and compassionately to the care they need, anywhere in the world. Angel MedFlight’s fleet of Learjets flew a staggering 870,000 statute miles in 2013; nearly double the amount of miles from the previous year. The medical flight crews transported seriously ill or injured patients in or out of all 50 states in the United States and 30 countries worldwide.. The longest flight on record for the year was from Texas to Nigeria – a total of 8,294 statute miles.

“Our Flight Coordinators handle all the logistical details of scheduling the medical transport for both families and case managers, allowing them to focus on their loved one or patient,” stated Stacey Barnard, Chief Flight Coordinator. “Our One Touch Promise™ has earned us the global trust of those in need of, or coordinating an air ambulance transport.”

With a sophisticated fleet of jets including the Learjet 60, Angel MedFlight provides a global reach to patients for urgent medical transport to and from international locations in almost every part of the world. The company operates and maintains its own fleet of medically-configured jets because of their unmatchable range and speed.

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Angel MedFlight Transports Neonates with High Tech Care Anywhere In the World Sometimes even the tiniest patients need specialized care and transport to distant locations. These are the neonatal patients; babies born prematurely or with complications after birth.

According to an international report published by the March of Dimes Foundation, 15 million babies worldwide are born preterm each year.

When one of these fragile newborns needs urgent air medical transport, the services of a well-trained neonatal medical crew are critical to the infant’s care.

Our fleet of jets are medically-configured with state-of-the-art neonatal technology, such as the Baby Pod II™ and the Isolette® incubator. With this neonatal equipment, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance has the ability to transport neonates in a safe and protected environment built specially to meet their needs for security, comfort and easy access. The sophisticated Isolette® incubator uses modern technology that incorporates a built-in ventilator and baby warmer. It can stabilize both the core and peripheral body temperature of the baby.

The Angel MedFlight Neonatal team consists of experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, RN Certified (Clinical) Specialists and NREMT paramedics, who specialize in the care of neonates born with a variety of issues associated with low birth weight and prematurity.

Infants, especially neonates, handle altitude changes differently than adults. The medical team constantly watches for any effects of high altitude on the infant with the help of specialized equipment that includes constant monitoring devices. This equipment is continuously checking vital signs, temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate.

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Corporate Counsel Kelly LoCascio Finalist for 2014 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards Angel Medflight is proud to announce Corporate Counsel and Executive Vice President, Kelly LoCascio, was recently named a finalist for the 2014 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards.

Finalists were recognized for extraordinary legal skill and achievement across a full range of in-house responsibilities, exemplary leadership, and for contributions to the Arizona community at large. Her nomination and subsequent selection are recognition for her contributions to the business success of Angel MedFlight.

LoCascio joined the company in 2008 as its first in-house counsel, advocating on behalf of patients to ensure they receive the benefits they are entitled to under their insurance policies.

LoCascio is an attorney with 10 years of experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. LoCascio specializes in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), labor and employment, commercial litigation and ethics.

She says what she enjoys most about her position is advocating for patients, developing relationships with them, and helping them get their benefits. She’s proud of the work she’s accomplished at Angel MedFlight.

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Industry-changing Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Invests in Learjet 60s. Angel MedFlight, an innovator and industry leader in air ambulance medical transports, flies patients in Learjet 60s – medium-size aircraft that foster the highest standards of safety, medical care, comfort and security. The use of Learjet 60s revolutionizes the air medical industry, providing the next-generation of medical transport.

Transporting critically ill patients at high altitudes takes experienced medical personnel with advanced training and certifications, accompanied by state-of-the-art aviation and medical technology. Angel MedFlight’s two Learjet 60s are among the first of their kind in North and South America to be dedicated to global patient transport.

High altitude flight capabilities come standard with two high-powered turbo fan engines capable of producing 4,600 pounds of thrust. By flying higher, the Learjet 60s are able to rise above most turbulence and typical atmospheric disturbances. Such things are unavoidable in less powerful, smaller aircraft. Flight at a higher altitude means a more comfortable and safer ride for patients, family and medical personnel.

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Holiday Homecoming on the Wings of Angel MedFlight The people voted for the top-five finalists in Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance’s first Holiday Homecoming campaign, and the people’s choice was Lori McFate from Bettendorf, Iowa and the man who saved her life.

The goal of this inaugural campaign was to give back by helping someone reunite and connect with a loved one, allowing the community to determine the recipient of the gift.

Lori nominated Michael Henkel, who donated life-saving bone marrow through the international registry more than seven years ago. For nearly a decade, the pair waited to meet as they now share the same DNA, and each considers the other “family.” She said she asked Angel MedFlight to fly “home” this man who gave her the ultimate gift: life.

“By the grace of God, Michael came onto the international registry just when I needed him and agreed to be my ‘perfect match’ bone marrow donor,” Lori explains. “Thanks to Michael’s good health, unselfishness, willingness and compassion, I am alive today.”

Interested participants submitted a 500-word essay, on why their nominee should be chosen for the homecoming flight. The promotion was open to anyone and everyone with a story to tell.

As Lori wrote in her essay, “He is not my brother, cousin, uncle or any other family member. But we are ‘family’ because we now have the exact same DNA, Blood Type and Bone Marrow.”

On Saturday, December 28, 2013 the two were able to meet for the first time.

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Holiday Homecoming on the Wings of Angel MedFlight Since our inception in 2007 Angel MedFlight has looked for ways to not only make a difference to our patients and their families, but also for the families within our communities. A key cornerstone of our business mission is to “give back.” We believe in the power of compassionate outreach to change lives.

To continue our mission, this year, we are offering a donated flight to reunite families with their loved ones. The campaign, “Holiday Homecoming on the Wings of Angel MedFlight” will run November 14 – December 1 and is open to anyone and everyone.

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Angel MedFlight employees participate in carnival for homeless children Known as a leader in providing compassionate patient care, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance was busy this past Saturday delivering smiles to hundreds of underprivileged youth at the Hope Worldwide Carnival for Homeless Children in Phoenix.

Some 800 children attended the carnival at Children's First Academy in Central Phoenix. Many stopped by the Angel MedFlight booth where the company's employees helped with first aid and handed out a large assortment of treats. Angel MedFlight team members also helped with food preparation, face painting, manicures and haircuts.

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Angel MedFlight featured on Travel Channel Website At Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, we take our patient’s stories to heart. That is why nothing gives us as much joy as hearing how our services change their lives.

Thursday, September 19th, we will be sharing a patient story with you via our social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The incredibly emotional story of Taylor Collins and her “My Real Life Moment ™.” Taylor’s medical condition and personal circumstances grabbed the hearts of her high school friends and school community. And it grabbed the heart of the entire Angel MedFlight team.

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Our Yarnell Neighbors Need Your Help Though the memorial service has been held, tears will continue to be shed for the brave firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire just over a week ago. Their caskets have made the long journey to Prescott and their bodies have been laid to rest. The wildfire that the 19 members of the Hotshot crew fought is now fully contained. But left behind in the inferno’s charred path are over 100 destroyed homes. That means families just up the road from Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance have been left with close to nothing and need your help.

Over the weekend Angel MedFlight joined with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale helping to raise over $100,000 for the families of the fallen firefighters and the Yarnell community. But there is still a great need for clothing and other items and Angel MedFlight is supporting the Arizona Business Aviation Association to aid in collecting those items.

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What you should know about other Air Abmbulance Companys Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by the Angel Flight crash. Although Angel MedFlight is not affiliated with the non-profit Angel Flight, we grieve for our brothers and sisters in the air ambulance industry and ask that you continue to support their brave mission.

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A Little ‘Fire Fighter’ Lights The Fire’ in Angel MedFlight As a worldwide air ambulance company, Angel MedFlight touches many people, but recently it was a little boy who’s fighting cancer that touched Angel MedFlight.

Already a proud supporter of Angels Supporting Pediatric Neurosciences and Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Barrow Neurological Institute, Angel MedFlight wishes to forge a more collaborative relationship with the hospital. A long-term relationship that could not only impact the patients but our employees as well.

Jackie Martinez with our business development team says, “Out of all the foundations and organizations that we partner with, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one that is very near and dear to our team here at Angel MedFlight. Because everyone is a mother or father or aunt or an uncle, or knows a child. Children hold a very special place in our hearts.”

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Family and Friends Celebrate Selester Rowe’s Homecoming Some 50 family members and friends were at the airport holding signs and bouquets of balloons awaiting his arrival. The long wait was finally over. A loud cheer rose from the crowd as the door of the Angel MedFlight Learjet 60 opened and Selester Rowe was taken off the air ambulance on a stretcher. There were hugs. There were tears of joy. On a warm and muggy afternoon in Columbus, Ga., Selester “Les” Rowe was finally home.

Just over a year ago Rowe, 63, was the victim of a hit-and-run in San Francisco. The suspect has not been apprehended. Homeless in San Francisco, Rowe suffered brain and spinal injuries along with multiple broken bones and has been recovering in a rehabilitation center. His family wanted him home in Georgia and thanks to a community-wide fundraising effort and Angel MedFlight, those wishes came true last Thursday.

James “Monk” Johnson, who attended the same high school as Rowe, spearheaded the effort to raise the funds to pay for Rowe’s flight. A 1975 San Francisco 49ers draft pick, Johnson organized a “Help Les” committee and donations began to come in. Larry Anderson, a high school classmate of Rowe’s, told the Bay City News website the majority of the money was raised in less than two months. Donations came from many sources including several churches and fish fries. Johnson himself doing much of the frying!

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What you should know about other Air Abmbulance Companys A Florida High School Student Government finds help for classmate. Visit http://www.angelmedflight.com to learn more about the company donating this gift. www.angelmedflight.com

"I was touched by the efforts of these students to help one-another."

Pensacola and Miami, Florida (PRWEB) March 18, 2013

The Gulf Breeze High School Student Government called Angel MedFlight, looking for a way to help a classmate get to a special medical facility in Miami, and Angel MedFlight answered their call for help.

The air ambulance company has offered a first-class experience aboard their Learjet 35, medically equipped as an ICU in the sky, to transport the student straight from the high school to Miami, Florida on March 13th.

The student will be surprised by fellow classmates and Angel MedFlight with a celebratory send-off straight from Gulf Breeze High School on March 13, 2013 to the airport where the Angel MedFlight Learjet 35, medical crew and pilots will be waiting.

For questions, or interview opportunities, contact Jennifer Vogel (480) 440-0485.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance: Angel MedFlight coordinates domestic and international air medical transportation services, commercial medical transports, ground ambulance services and provides discretionary insurance benefit assistance.

What you should know about other Air Abmbulance Companys Angel MedFlight offers tips on choosing a reputable company. Read below to find questions you need to ask. See the full video

Make sure to ask the right questions before you trust an air ambulance company with your loved one.

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

March 18, 2013 – Angel MedFlight, a trusted air ambulance provider, shares the following tips for those who are looking to safely transport loved-ones by air.

Tip #1: Don’t believe everything you see online

Most searches begin online, and as you might know, you can’t believe everything you read. Several companies will promote planes on their website that may not even be an option for the patient. If you are searching online, make sure to read the fine print and see what is really included in the flight. If it is still unclear, call the business and ask the right questions.

Tip #2: Ask the right questions

Will I be riding in a prop plane or a fixed wing?
Do you own the planes? Do you know the maintenance history?
Is your crew hired or contracted?
Is there room for a loved one to ride along?
Will you help me through the insurance process?

Tip #3: Know who is on the other end of the phone

A lot of other services have a mass call-center. Angel MedFlight has a team of nurses and case managers that personally handled every aspect of the flight to make it seamless.

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To schedule an interview on this topic, contact Jennifer Vogel (480) 440-0485. About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Angel MedFlight coordinates domestic and international air medical transportation services, commercial medical escorts, ground ambulance services and provides discretionary insurance benefit assistance. Angel MedFlight’s One Touch Promise® assures every detail is handled and all resources are committed to guide the process from start to finish with a compassionate team of experts in the fields of medicine, aviation, insurance law and case management. www.angelmedflight.com
Lucero and Baby Today, Angel MedFlight shares the story of Jessica Lucero and her babies as we follow their trip from Scottsdale, AZ to Watertown, NY.

"Once I was in the air, everything was smooth-sailing."

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) March 01, 2013

After a long trip away from home (Watertown, New York), Jessica Lucero and her babies made it home, thanks to the help from the staff at Angel MedFlight. (Please see the full story in our video)

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance not only made all of the flight arrangements, but made sure the insurance company covered the flight financially.

Loading the babies and mom and grandma on the two Learjet 60s, the jets took off from the warm Valley of the Sun and flew over 2,000 miles to safely land in New York. The smooth flight lasted just over three hours total, and was welcomed in New York to temperatures below zero.

Jessica reunited with her wounded Veteran husband, and went home to a special home make-over courtesy of Operation Homefront and Home Depot.

About the safe flight Jessica said, "Once I was in the air, everything was smooth-sailing."

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After losing five pregnancies and twin babies, Jessica Lucero needed special attention for her high-risk pregnancy when she found out they were having quintuplets. She left her Veteran husband at home in Watertown, NY to fight for the life of their babies at a special facility in Arizona. The family lost one baby, but have four surviving and are all back with mom and dad.

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Angel MedFlight coordinates domestic and international air medical transportation services, commercial medical flights, ground ambulance services and provides discretionary insurance benefit assistance. Angel MedFlight’s One Touch Promise® assures every detail is handled and all resources are committed to guide the process from start to finish with a compassionate team of experts in the fields of medicine, aviation, insurance law and case management. View Our Blog
Lucero and Baby You hope to never need them, but when you do, you will understand how important a hospital Case Manger’s role can be towards saving lives. Each month, Angel MedFlight would like to recognize some of the Case Managers we have the pleasure working with while planning medical transports from beginning hospital to receiving facility.

This month we are recognizing Connie Welker, RN, Clinical Case Manager at BDMC/CCMC Nursery ICU. Connie works with Dr. John Elliot, a well-know doctor in the Valley for his work specializing in life-saving techniques with multiple births. Connie has been an advocate for transporting these surviving babies with Angel MedFlight to make sure these little miracles get home safely. See more about Connie’s experience with Angel MedFlight air ambulance below.

AMF Contributor:Tell us a little bit about your experience and describe your favorite part about being a Case Manager.

Connie Welker:I have been a staff nurse and Nurse Manager in a Neonatal unit for 44 years with the last 15 years as Case Manager of the Neonatal Unit at Banner Desert Medical Center / CCMC. I love the ability to be part of the team in supporting the families through their journey in the unit and then assisting with care coordination and discharge planning of the infants and families as they transition to home or another facility.

AMF Contributor:Why do you like working with Angel MedFlight to transport your patients?

Connie Welker: Although I knew of Angel MedFlight, I only recently was able to utilize their services in assisting two families with multiples return to their home hospitals. The staff at Angel MedFlight were very professional in coordinating services with me, and we worked as a team in planning the flight for the infants and the paperwork that was required. Their responsive communication was outstanding and our plan for transport was a success. On the day of transport, the transport team was exceptional, experienced and very knowledgeable in their care of the infants, putting the parents at ease. As the future unfolds for more multiples in our unit, I look forward to working with the team at Angel MedFlight. Thank you.

Angel MedFlight sends a big thank you to Connie Welker. Working with Case Managers is such an important part of our process. If you are a Case Manager and would like more information about how we can simplify your workload, please email us at info@angelmedflight.com.

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The Parade of Planes On January 10th, at 1AM, Angel MedFlight entered their Learjet 35 into the Parade of Planes making their way to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show from the Scottsdale Municipal Airport . The temperature, a chilly 40 degrees with a slight wind was present. Angel MedFlight’s technicians, media, and public relations crews were on hand to guide the plane down one of the busiest streets in Scottsdale – Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.

Preparations to get the plane to the starting point of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. were strategically planned and executed with precision. The danger of pulling a jet with a 39 foot wingspan for a stretch of 2 miles are plentiful: cars, signs, lampposts, vegetation etc. Even with escort provided by the Scottsdale Police Department, the unknown can happen – and did. One renegade driver with a lack of patience found themselves in a bit of trouble with the law when cutting through the Parade.

Albert Miller, Videographer for Angel MedFlight, was filming nearly the entire 2 mile stretch.

“Overall, the transition was pretty smooth. With the exception of some drivers, most of the obstacles have been signs and shrubbery,” said Miller. “It was a great team effort, everyone was aware of their surroundings, and everyone worked together to get the Learjet safely down Frank Lloyd Wright and into Westworld.”

While the Parade of Planes is not a publicized event, it is an annual occurrence for Barrett-Jackson sponsors who have aircraft that need to get to the event location. In years past, the parade generally included, single-engine or multi-engine prop planes, but that night, Angel MedFlight’s Learjet 35 made an appearance one won’t soon forget. This is the largest airplane to ever be displayed at Barrett-Jackson. Additionally, it was, by far, the largest aircraft in the Parade and required the most supervision and caution.

Director of Operations, Brandon Kearns at Aviation West Charters (dba Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance) was in attendance to ensure the safe transfer as well. Moving foliage and ensuring sign clearance as the jet slowly rolled required a keen eye and fast reflexes.

“The local law enforcement did a fantastic job of blocking off the roads for us. We had a great group of people from Angel MedFlight as well as some officials from Barrett-Jackson and the Scottsdale Airport.” Kearns was asked if he had ever been involved in a transfer of this kind. He replied, “I have been in aviation for 16 years… this would have to be the first time.”

Angel MedFlight is excited to feature their latest member of the medically-configured jet lineup – the Learjet 35.

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Traveling Abroad The world has modernized; people yearn to discover more, expand their knowledge, and experience different cultures and life changing opportunities through international travel. Although deciding the itinerary is at the top of the list, it is important to be prepared for the unexpected before traveling abroad.

Most people are not aware that the majority of insurance plans do not extend beyond the US border, which is why it is helpful to know if repatriation is included in your plan. Repatriation allows travel back into your home country if there is an emergency on your travels.

Travel expert Jody Kozak with the Travel Assurance Promise Plan says, “for a one-time membership fee we provide peace of mind when you’re more than 200 miles away from home.” Kozak adds, “it’s safety, comfort and consideration in one inexpensive package.” The Travel Assurance Promise Plan also includes other amenities like car rental, hotel reservations, emergency medical flight evacuations and everything in-between in one comprehensive package.

There are many other travel insurance plans available, but the Travel Assurance Promise Plan is affiliated with Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance Service and is a customizable membership program that provides worldwide safety nets and stress-free travel considerations for globe-trotting individuals without the red tape and costly fees associated with insurance plans. Having the peace of mind during your travels is an inexpensive way to better enjoy your next trip.

Plans through Travel Assurance Promise include emergency medical coverage. If an emergency happens while overseas, trained experts work with those in need to provide medically-necessary air medical transport to the nearest, most appropriate facility in the contiguous United States.

For more information regarding Travel Assurance Promise and the premier customizable travel membership plans available, please visit our website at www.travelassurancepromise.com or contact one of our representatives at 1-855-612-4016 (US) or 480-559-6460 (International).

No matter where your travels take you, Travel Assurance Promise will be there. Don’t leave home without it!

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2012 Ace Awards For the third straight year, Angel MedFlight was named one of Arizona’s fastest growing privately-held companies by the Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards.

The awards, administered each year by the Phoenix Business Journal, gauge Arizona’s top private companies based on growth and revenue.

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Arizona Business Magazine lists Ashley Sanders, director of corporate finance at Angel MedFlight, as one of Five Under 35 most influential women in Arizona business.

Sanders, 29, holds a Master of Science in Accountancy and has served as director at Angel Medflight since 2009. She has more than six years of experience in corporate finance.

Arizona Business Magazine is the state’s leading business publication, with a readership of more than 122,500 per issue. This is the first year that the 50 Influential Women in Arizona Business and Five Under 35 lists have been published.


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Sergeant Anson Curry received a hero’s welcome as the air ambulance he was on board touched down at Brown Field Airport outside of San Diego. As the 26-year-old combat veteran emerged from Angel MedFlight’s Lear 60 medical jet, he was greeted by a crowd of Patriot Guard Riders proudly bearing American flags.

Blasted by grenade shrapnel while serving in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011, Curry sustained a traumatic brain injury. The arduous recovery journey has now led to a dedicated neuro-rehabilitation facility in Escondido, where he will receive specialized speech, occupational, physical and psychological therapies.

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For the third consecutive year, Arizona’s aviation students will have the chance to apply for a $3,000 scholarship courtesy of Angel MedFlight’s Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation.

The award, established in 2010 by air medical transportation leader Angel MedFlight in partnership with the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA), is available to students pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in an aviation-related program at a two- or four-year Arizona college or university.

Applications are being accepted through June 4, 2012, and the scholarship will be awarded in August.

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With two deadly accidents making headlines in the same week, air ambulance safety is under scrutiny. And one international air medical transport company president thinks it should be.

The National Transportation and Safety Board recently issued its probable cause report for a July 2010 West Texas incident involving an air ambulance operator. The report concluded that pilot error and possible fatigue caused the Cessna 421 to plunge just minutes after takeoff, killing all five people on board. Just days after the findings were announced, a forced landing of another medical transport company’s twin-engine plane claimed three more lives.

Although neither incident was related to Angel MedFlight, company CEO Jeremy Freer stresses that safety differences do exist and individuals seeking medical flights should know how to identify good – and bad – practices.

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When Angel MedFlight CEO Jeremy Freer received a call from New York Congressman Tim Bishop’s office requesting help for a severely injured woman, Angel MedFlight responded.

Kelly Breem had been struck by a car in the U. S. Virgin Islands, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. She now lie comatose and partially paralyzed in a St. Thomas hospital, and required a medical flight to the mainland for specialty treatment. Unsure of their next steps, Breem’s family contacted their local congressman, Timothy Bishop, for help.

Rep. Bishop’s office turned to Angel MedFlight, who performed the air ambulance flight at no charge.

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Angel MedFlight was honored with the Special Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award during the fifteenth annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards presented by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The awards pay tribute to Arizona businesses that excel in the areas of ethics, energy and entrepreneurship.

Attended by hundreds of business and community leaders, the Nov. 8 awards ceremony at Scottsdale’s Westin Kierland Resort & Spa highlighted the achievements of 10 Arizona businesses whose founders have shown remarkable vision and tenacity in the realization of their ideas.

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Arizona Congressman David Schweikert thanked Angel MedFlight President & CEO Jeremy Freer for "making our community a better place."

Rep. Schweikert wrote Jeremy a personal letter after reading about the growing air medical transportation company in the Oct. 2011 issue of Scottsdale Airpark News magazine (read the story on page 25)

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Angel MedFlight becomes one of the first organizations in North America to dedicate the mid-size business jet Lear 60 to air ambulance service, setting new comfort and safety benchmarks in air medical transport.

Air medical transportation leader Angel MedFlight is setting a new standard in patient safety, comfort and care with the introduction of a Learjet 60 for dedicated air ambulance service. As Angel MedFlight’s latest innovation, the Lear 60 offers patients a spacious cabin, a smooth, comfortable flight, and expedited travel time from Bedside-to-Bedside®.

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When Shannon Chettri sat at her son’s bedside in an Oregon hospital 2,000 miles away from their home in Texas, she felt helpless. The family was on vacation last April when 3-year-old Logan suddenly developed a rare disorder that attacked his nervous system and left him paralyzed. Unable to fly commercially or endure the long road trip home, Logan faced months in the hospital. Chettri was beside herself.

When she heard about an air ambulance service out of Scottsdale that could transport Logan to a medical center in Texas quickly and safely, she contacted the company. Minutes later, Jeremy Freer called her back.

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For the second consecutive year, Angel MedFlight was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in Arizona by the Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards.

The Phoenix Business Journal, which administers the ACE Awards, deemed Angel MedFlight a “fast-growth fixture” due to its reappearance on the list, and interviewed President & CEO Jeremy Freer about what it takes to maintain growth.

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Angel MedFlight is honored to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the Spirit of Enterprise awards, administered by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

These prestigious awards recognize top Arizona businesses for achievements in growth, adding jobs and boosting the community.

In the past five years, Angel MedFlight has more than quadrupled in number of employees and has introduced innovations that have enhanced the air medical transport industry.

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It’s the first week of fall classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., and freshman Matthew Grega has success on his radar. The Aeronautical Engineering student received the 2011 Angel MedFlight Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation, which includes $3,000 toward tuition and a commemorative plaque.

A National Honor Society member, Grega graduated from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a 3.80 grade point average. He is a participant in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program, and his career goals include designing fighter jets.

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Welcome to Caryn Braun, Angel MedFlight’s new Chief Flight Nurse and Director of Clinical Education. Caryn comes to Angel MedFlight with 20 years of critical care nursing, 17 years of emergency nursing, and 10 years of flight nursing, along with management and consulting experience.

A tremendous addition to the Angel MedFlight staff, Caryn’s critical care background, proven leadership abilities and interpersonal skills make her the ideal complement to our team of compassionate caregivers.

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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.

“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.”

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Students working toward an aviation degree at an Arizona college or university can now apply for the 2011 Angel MedFlight Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation for the chance to earn $3,000 toward their tuition!

Angel MedFlight, in conjunction with the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA), is once again offering this scholarship opportunity to students working toward a two- or four-year aviation degree at an Arizona college or university. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2011, and the scholarship will be awarded in August.

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The methods may vary – medical jet, helicopter, ambulance – but the mission is the same: to answer the call to save lives.

911: Salvando Vidas (911: Saving Lives), a two-part special which aired on top-five network Univision in February, highlights the life-saving missions of Angel MedFlight and emergency response services.

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Just 13 days after sustaining a gunshot wound to the forehead, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is being transferred from University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. to TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann in Houston to begin the next phase of her recovery.

Matt Greenwell, Chief Flight Nurse at Angel MedFlight, spoke with Phoenix's FOX 10 News about medical flights.

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Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, renowned innovator in air medical transportation, has promoted Rastislav “Rusty” Valko to Chief Operations Officer. In the COO position, Valko will oversee company-wide operations.

"Rusty is extremely familiar with all aspects of our organization, including the structure, communications, and operations," says Angel MedFlight CEO, president and founder, Jeremy Freer. "His management and organizational skills are inspirational to our team. He holds himself to very high standards, and our patients will benefit from his commitment to excellence."

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