Wake Forest Baptist’s AirCare Flight Team Brings Home the Gold Two Years in a Row
N.C. – March 21, 2017 – For the second straight year, four flight paramedics
with AirCare Critical Care Transport Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have won a
national competition of professional emergency medical services teams.
Horton, NREMT-P, Barry McMillian, NREMT-P, Robert Coleson, NREMT-P, and Justin
Bowers, NREMT-P – all of whom are stationed at the AirCare base at the Elkin
Municipal Airport in Surry County – placed first in the Journal of Emergency
Medical Services (JEMS) 2017 Games Advanced Clinical Competition, held in Salt
Lake City at the end of February. The competition attracted 24 teams from
across the country and around the world.
Scoring was based on how well the
teams provided quality, compassionate and efficient care to multiple patients
during a high-stress mass casualty simulation. In the final round, the Wake
Forest Baptist AirCare team was dispatched to a scenario involving
several victims on snowmobiles who were severely injured in an avalanche.
“Since we don’t really see avalanches
here in North Carolina, this particular scenario was quite different for our
crew,” said Billy Haynes, B.S.N., AirCare program manager. “This just proves
that the dedicated employees of AirCare are always ready to deliver world-class
patient care despite whatever challenges or obstacles they may encounter.”
Since 1986, AirCare has transported
more than 20,000 patients and currently averages around 1,100 flights a year,
with helicopters based in Lexington, Surry County and Henry County, VA.
AirCare is part of an EMS network
serving patients in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee and
includes air (helicopter) and ground ambulances stationed in strategic
locations to provide fast, safe transportation for critically ill and injured
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