Alice API Check Presentation - A non-profit helicopter emergency medical service for south Texas.

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The Alice Chapter American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted their Annual Golf Tournament back in July and they provided HALO-Flight an opportunity to raise money by having a “Tiger Drive”. Many teams came out and participated in the tournament. We were able to receive a $2,000 check donation because of their efforts! We thank Alice-API for their continued support of our organization.

The Alice Chapter of API is a service-oriented organization comprised of individuals in and around oilfield related businesses. The main goal of their chapter is to raise funds for college scholarships, which they do by hosting several events throughout the year. With each event, they add to their funds and in turn are able to offer a great number of scholarships to up and coming, college bound students. They award yearly scholarships of $1,000.00 to students who show evidence they are serious about their education.

Special Care for Special Populations was one of the quarterly courses we offered this year. It was held July 27, 2013 at Del Mar College-West Campus. Our turn out was usual for this time of year, with 46 healthcare professionals being in attendance. This course addressed Neonation ventilation, Abuse and Neglect, Mental Illness, and Bariatric Patients. Eight hours of continuing education credits were awarded to those who attended. Our audience was comprised of nurses, EMS personnel, Respiratory Therapists, and healthcare students. Our presenters included Dan Saltarelli BSN, CFRN, CEN, LP, Randy Endsley RN, CFRN, CEN, LP, Angelica Requenez RN, CCRN, CEN, CCEMTP, LP, and Ryan Kelley LP, CCEMTP, FPC. We presented a 6 year service award to one of our education volunteers (Cristian Requenez), who will be leaving us to attend Texas Tech University in the Fall. We thank Cris for his years of service and wish him well in his endeavors to become an MD.

Our next quarterly course will be Trauma Unleashed, which will be held at Del Mar College-West Campus on Saturday, October 5th. This is our most popular course offering and as a result, we present this course annually. Though the title of the course is the same every year, the case studies are always different. We “Unleash” the highest profile flights and present them in a case study format. This is a course you DO NOT want to miss!!! For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Angelica at 361.265.0509 or angelicar@haloflight.org.Image

Angelica "Jellie" Requenez, RN, CCRN, CEN, CCEMT-P, LPDirector of Education

Angelica “Jellie” Requenez, RN, CCRN, CEN, CCEMT-P, LP
Director of Education

Annually, HALO-Flight responds to a variation of medical and traumatic emergencies; many of which make local headline news and occasionally, national news. Stress is a common response to our work environment and is shared by other emergency personnel and healthcare professionals. How we manage our stress is dependent upon a multitude of factors involved. Each event is unique and each person’s response to stress varies, as well. The stress becomes problematic when the affected individual is unable to manage their stress by means of their usual coping mechanisms. In such instances, the unmanageable stress can affect the individual’s work performance, home environment, social relationships and health; essentially, every aspect of the person’s life.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is an intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events. It is a formal, highly structured and professionally recognized process for helping those involved in a critical incident share their experiences, vent emotions, and learn about common stress reactions and symptoms. If required, persons are given a referral to a mental health expert for further assistance. While it is not psychotherapy; it is sometimes referred to as ‘psychological first aid’. The process is voluntary and confidential.

CISM was first developed for use with military combat veterans. It has now been adapted and used in numerous areas where there is a need to address traumatic impact in people’s lives, such as police, fire, ambulance, emergency workers and disaster rescuers. Such critical incidents in which people benefited from intervention include the following events: Columbine High School Shooting (4/19/1999), World Trade Center (9/11/2001), Hurricane Katrina (08/25/2005), Newtown School Shooting (12/14/2012). These heinous events not only affected the victims and their families but also emergency personnel and other rescue workers that had to deal with the acute nature of the emergency.

The purpose for hosting these courses is to be able to provide CISM to people affected by critical incidents. We are in the process of collaborating with the CBRAC and other agencies in order to establish a Multi-Disciplinary Regional CISM Team for South Texas.

Future course offerings for CISM Interventionist training and subspecialty training are currently in the planning phase. For more information about HALO-Flight’s Educational Offerings, please contact Angelica Requenez at angelicar@haloflight.org or call 361.265.0509.

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On April 3-4, 2013 we hosted an Advanced CISM Interventionist Course. 31 participants attended that course. The participants were comprised of local Registered Nurses, EMS personnel, Fire Fighters, Chaplains, Pastors, Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Professionals. Among the participants for the Advanced CISM course, was a Psychotherapist who traveled from Rome, Italy to attend this course with plans to initiate the same training in Rome.

Our Executive Director, Tom Klassen, has been nominated as a finalist in the Caller-Times’ Healthcare Heroes program. Over 100 entries were submitted for the six categories in this first-time event. We are happy to announce that Tom is one of the three finalists in the administrative category.

Tom Klassen

Health Care Heroes Program

Health Care Heroes is a program of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that recognizes excellence in care and service and educates the community about best practices to enhance the value and quality care in the Coastal Bend Area.

An independent panel of judges will select the winners from each category.

Tom and the other finalists will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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For the last 25 years, HALO-Flight has been providing emergency air medical transport to the citizens of our South Texas service area. More than 15,000 patients have been transported by our flight crews.

Often times, costs associated with being “HALO-Flighted” are not considered.

An air medical transport can easily exceed $10,000 and medical insurance alone does not always cover the entire cost. Our patients are responsible for the remaining balance after insurance payout.

The Guardian Subscription Plan
totally eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for a transport deemed medically necessary.

If a Guardian Member has insurance, HALO-Flight will file a claim with the member’s insurance company and accept that as payment in full. Members without insurance do not receive a bill. Coverage extends to all family members who live in the same household (includes dependent, custodial and non-custodial children).

HALO-Flight has formed reciprocal agreements with non-profit air ambulance services in San Antonio (AirLIFE) and Dallas (CareFlite). If a Guardian member is flown by one of these services, they would be covered under that organization’s membership plan.

On the worst day of your life, you can take comfort in knowing that your financial freedom is protected.

Business and Ranch Plans are available for a low, annual rate. Contact Hillary Reyna, Membership Director, at 361.265.0509 to get enrolled today!
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The 2013 HALO-Flight State Championship Cook-Off presented by Pepsi and Stripes held this past weekend was a huge success! Many thanks to event sponsors, vendors, judges, volunteers, committee members, and HALO-Flight staff for their time and commitment to help make this event possible. 49 cook teams participated in this year’s event. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to all of the cook-off winners!

Presenting Sponsors:
Pepsi
Stripes

Media Sponsor:
Grande Communications

Diamond HALO Sponsor:
Sames

Gold HALO Sponsor:
Gold Master Jewelers

Silver HALO Sponsors:
Nabors Completion and Productions Services
TEAM Industrial Services
Hub City Overhead Door Company, Inc.
Hans Brothers Industries
Wright Materials
J.J. Fox Construction, Inc.
Bimbo Bakeries USA

Very special thanks to:
Ainsworth Trucking
Avenue 1 Records and Roy Solis, Jr.
L & F Distributors
Gulf Coast Racing – Bet By the Bay
Skid-O-Can
Corpus Christi Disposal
TFC Rehearsal Studios
Scott Electric
KING TV 69
Chicas Rock Music Camp

HALO-Flight looks forward to developing this event. Your constructive feedback is important to us. Please send all remarks to Debbie Vickery, Development Director, at debbiev@haloflight.org.

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HALO-Flight is so happy to launch this new blog to connect to the medical community, donors, volunteers, members and supporters of our organization. Here, we will share topics to help educate our readers, introduce ourselves to you, and give you some insight into our fundraising and special events, membership and much more!

We will update you weekly with a new blog post with useful content that we hope will impact you. HALO-Flight values your feedback! Tell us what you want to know about.

Thank you for making HALO-Flight your First Choice!