CISM - A non-profit helicopter emergency medical service for south Texas.

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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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!

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