December 30, 2015

Former Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s Inspirational Recovery Continues

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s continued recovery illustrates how hard work, determination and a positive attitude can impact healing.  In June 2014, the former Olympic swimmer sustained a spinal cord injury from a serious ATV accident, resulting in paralysis below her waist.

Amy-Van-Dyken-RouenWith her champion spirit still intact, Amy continues to impress all of those around her. She has become a spokeswoman for spinal cord injury research and travels extensively across the country to raise awareness and encourage health care professionals to keep working toward a cure.

In addition to her public appearances, she continues to make great strides in her personal recovery. Recently, she has advanced to walking short distances with the aid of leg braces and a walker.

See how her inspirational recovery began back in 2014, when Angel MedFlight first transferred Amy to Craig Hospital in Colorado to begin her amazing journey of rehabilitation and healing.

Check out the original air medical transport and story –
My Real Life Moment – Winning Attitude – Amy Van Dyken

For an update on Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s remarkable progress please visit http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/best-reads/2015/12/29/amazing-arizonans-amy-van-dyken-rouen-olympian-paraplegic-inspiration/77165454/




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December 24, 2015

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.

 




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November 25, 2015

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

 




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November 12, 2015

National Case Management Week Celebration Get Away Giveaway Contest Winners Announced

And the Winners Are….

National Case Management Week Celebration
Get Away Giveaway Contest Winners Announced

Angel MedFlight would like to thank all of the health care professionals who entered our Get Away Giveaway contest in celebration of National Case Management week in October. We received more than 1,100 entries from across the country! We appreciated their participation and their insight on how we can best support your work.

The winners were randomly selected through two drawings on Tuesday, November 3 and each received an $800 airfare voucher for the airline of her choice. We are pleased to announce that our two contest winners reflect the continuum of case managers: an experienced mentor and an excited new professional.

A Committed Leader With A Tenacious Spirit
Doreen Day has helped thousands of patients and their families navigate the health care system. Working in case management for twenty years, she has seen her profession grow and evolve through the last two decades.

“We are facing trying times in Case Management but as the regulations change, the importance of RN/SW Case Managers is being realized by those in the ‘C-suite’. The role is always challenging yet rewarding,” Doreen explained.

As a supervisor, she uses her expertise to train and guide professionals new to case management. In fact, mentoring other case managers is Doreen’s favorite part of her leadership role in Stony Brook, New York. Doreen stays current with changing trends in health care and government regulations by attending classes and conferences throughout the year. She continually shares her knowledge with her team and they count on her extensive experience. Doreen also advises that being determined and tenacious has proven beneficial over the years.

“I am a ‘Bulldog.’ I don’t give up until I get what I need,” she said.

Doreen’s dedication to patient care is truly inspirational. Angel MedFlight is pleased that she will be able to take some much-deserved time off to enjoy her Get Away Giveaway airfare prize.

“I will probably use my voucher for a relaxing vacation in a sunny spot during the dead of the New York winter,” she shared.

We wish her blue skies and smooth flying!

A New Case Manager With A Focus on Teamwork & Creative Solutions

In her role as a floor nurse, Lauren Inman focused on compassionate, bedside care for her pediatric patients in Orlando, Florida. With limited exposure to case managers, she didn’t have a full of appreciation of the position until she transitioned into case management herself last July.

“Coming from the bedside as an RN to case management, I did not realize everything that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to make sure patients are taken care of even after they are discharged,” Lauren explained.

She quickly realized the positive impact a case manager can make on patient care. In her new role, she enjoys developing creative solutions for treatment outside of the hospital setting.

“My favorite part of my job is being able to get patients home quicker with a shorter inpatient stay by being able to provide home health care, DME, prescription assistance, or finding the right fit at another facility that will provide them the services they need,” she said.

Lauren has already encountered situations that benefit from a collaborative effort. “Being a great team player is one of my most valuable personality traits. It helps me transition difficult situations into positive outcomes for patients.”

Lauren has embraced her new career and she is thankful for other case managers across the country. “It is sometimes a difficult and stressful position. I want to acknowledge and recognize all the other case managers for taking such good care of your patients, sometimes even going above and beyond!”

Her colleagues appreciate Lauren’s dedication as well, encouraging her to join Angel MedFlight’s celebration of National Case Management Week by entering the Get Away Giveaway contest. When she was randomly selected as winner, she knew exactly what she would do with her prize.

“My husband and I plan to use our airfare travel voucher to have a real honeymoon vacation. We had to use all of our honeymoon savings for an unexpected vehicle expense right before we got married a few years ago and still haven’t had the chance to re-do our honeymoon until now!”

Angel MedFlight wishes Lauren and her husband the best on their “real” honeymoon trip!




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November 11, 2015

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!

 

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17851 N. 85th Street, Suite 350
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
(877) 264.3570
www.angelmedflight.com
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November 6, 2015

Angel MedFlight Awarded NAAMTA Accreditation for Air Ambulance Excellence

Since 2007 Angel MedFlight has proven to be a safe and reliable air ambulance company providing international and domestic medical flight services for long distance patient transports. The Angel MedFlight team recently achieved the highly respected NAAMTA accreditation for operational excellence, certifying our commitment to exceptional patient care and safety.

Angel MedFlight NAAMTA Award

Angel MedFlight NAAMTA Award

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, a leading air medical transportation provider, announced today that it has been accredited by the National Accreditation Alliance Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). This prestigious award certifies Angel MedFlight’s quality management systems and commitment to ongoing improvement. NAAMTA’s auditors verify excellence in safety, patient care, and aviation operations through a comprehensive application process and an on-site inspection. Angel MedFlight will join NAAMTA as an Alliance Member, an honor only extended to air ambulance providers who have earned this distinction.

The accreditation process is valuable for healthcare professionals and consumers as they select an air ambulance provider to transport their patients and loved ones. NAAMTA’s independent review and evaluation of Angel MedFlight’s operation validates the integrity and safety of the organization. Healthcare professionals, patients and their families can be confident that Angel MedFlight adheres to the highest standards of patient care.

“We congratulate and recognize Angel MedFlight’s employees for their unified commitment in providing high quality, patient-centric medical transport service. We acknowledge the efforts of Angel MedFlight for wanting to attain NAAMTA Accreditation because it reflects a dedication toward quality management and continuous improvement from a business perspective with equally valued efforts toward quality patient care and the safety of everyone involved in a medical transport,” said Roylen “Griff” Griffin, NAAMTA Executive Director.

NAAMTA is the only medical transport accreditation organization with an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management System. This additional level of accountability increases the transparency of NAAMTA’s evaluation process, ensuring quality and compliance.

“Since our ownership change in 2014, the new Angel MedFlight leadership team has focused on increasing the company’s transparency and demonstrating our commitment to patient care and safety. We value the opportunity for NAAMTA, a highly respected worldwide accrediting agency, to review our organization inside and out, and confirm our commitment to operational excellence. Angel MedFlight is proud to join NAAMTA as an Alliance member,” said Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer for Angel MedFlight.

About NAAMTA

NAAMTA is a leader in accreditation for the medical transport industry, offering procedures that include guidelines for developing a quality management system focusing on transport safety, patient care and continuous improvement. NAAMTA accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Defense. Find more information at NAAMTA.

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September 4, 2015

International Tourist Destinations in Mexico

Guadalajara México Rotonda Hombres Jalicienses Ilustres noche

Guadalajara México Rotonda Hombres Jalicienses Ilustres noche

Scottsdale, AZ – September 4, 2015

Mexico is a country filled with endless history, loving inhabitants, and stunning natural scenery.  It is far, far more than the bustling, Americanized coastlines of Cabo and Cancun, and offers visitors from around the world a taste of a centuries-old culture that never ceases to amaze.

The city of Guadalajara is Mexico’s second biggest city, and offers the perfect first taste of Mexican culture for first-time visitors. Though several other cities throughout the state of Jalisco have retained their classic, un-industrialized essence, much of Guadalajara has been subject to a lot of urban change. However, this doesn’t make it any less wonderful.

A must-see sight is definitely the Cathedral, a landmark that towers over the city with its four adjacent plazas and rich religious history. If you find higher ground somewhere else in the city and look at the expansive skyline, you won’t be able to miss the cathedral’s twin pointed towers and central dome.

2562251187_8a5aa587b3_oMexico is generally beautiful and welcoming without ever losing its high energy and propensity for endless fun. Most tourists looking for a good time come to Guadalajara because it is the birthplace of tequila and the elegant, passionate music known as mariachi.

If you’re looking for an historic, colonial journey through the streets of Guadalajara, check out Tlaquepaque. Most people think it still reflects some of the authenticity of “old Mexico.” Though some say it has become more upscale over the years, many locals still visit the area to get a taste for a less industrialized city.

Those who love handmade gifts and unique shopping experiences will love the Tonala district, and those who appreciate street art and murals will love it even more.

If you want a new nightlife experience, consider visiting or even staying in the Zona Rosa district. It’s a beautiful area located by Chapultepec Avenue, and is home to buzzing nightlife and endless food stands. As with most major cities, the downtown area is also good for nightlife, but many travellers would recommend other areas.

For a traditional tourist experience, book a visit to the Jose Cuervo distillery, where you can get a taste of the world-famous tequila and see the beautiful architecture that contains it.

Tlaquepaque._Downtown_streetAnd of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Mexico without putting your diet on hold and sampling some of the most incredible food the country has to offer. Guadalajara, like most Mexican cities, is filled with street vendors that often have the most authentic, flavorful homemade cuisine. The restaurants are also amazing, but a true Mexican experience isn’t complete without sitting on the curb enjoying a fresh plate of tacos al carbon or a classic elote.

Angel MedFlight frequently flies in and out of Mexico, and while we may not have had the time to stop for street tacos or enjoy live mariachi music, we know first-hand how much the beautiful country has to offer. If you find yourself or a loved one in a medical emergency while meandering through Tonala or sampling goods at the tequila distillery, know that you can count on Angel MedFlight Worldwide to transport you home with the utmost care.




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Opa Locka, Fl Night Image

Opa Locka, Fl Night Image

Opa Locka, Fl Night Image




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August 27, 2015

Flight Back to Life by Lindsay Morgan

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Lindsay with Dr. Gaudiani
Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS
Medical Director, ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders
Hospitalist, Denver Heatlh
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado

Scottsdale, AZ – August, 27 2015

There I was: lying in a hospital bed, barely coherent, trying to maintain consciousness in between seizures long enough to understand what my doctor was saying.

“It’s time for hospice.”

Even in my barely conscious state, I was shocked to my core. I knew things were bad. My weight was down to an unimaginably low number and my blood pressure and heart rate were barely discernible. I had more than thirty seizures over a two-day span, and had surprised even my doctor by staying alive as long as I had. I never truly believed this would be my end, though. I then reached out to my previous doctor in Denver, who told me in no way was I to accept that this was it. She arranged a medical flight by Angel MedFlight, and as soon as I was stable, I was transported to the ACUTE center for eating disorders at Denver Health.

Once there, at a center for the most medically severe anorexia patients in the world (my 6th time there), my doctor and I decided that it was indeed time to say goodbye and go on hospice healthcare. If you had asked me then, I would have told you truthfully that I was ready to accept death. I was thinking about how I would spend the last days of my life: places I wanted to visit and goodbyes I wanted to say. I began setting up end-of-life care plans for when I was too weak to care for myself. I spent days sobbing over my imminent demise and even started writing farewell letters to my loved ones. I thought about people I wanted to include in my will and how to word my final goodbyes.

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Lindsay: Prior to treatment at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

You see, I have a potentially terminal illness, one that has almost stolen my life several times to date: Anorexia Nervosa. It has left me feeling hopeless and helpless. I waited for the magic treatment to come along that would cure me. I asked “why me?” and lamented over opportunities stolen from me because of this disease: school, relationships, having children, and simply enjoying life. I thought I had exhausted every option for living and death was the only way out.

After several exhausting days, though, I realized something: it didn’t have to be this way. I didn’t have to cause the same pain that I’ve felt to my friends and family. I didn’t have to accept death from my illness. Until I take my last breath there is an opportunity for change. I decided to stop asking “why.” and start asking “how,” instead. How can I live with this disease? How can I do the best I possibly can, knowing every day will be hard while all the while continuing to push forward? How can I sit with my misery until it dissipates instead of starving myself into the grave?

I cried because I have too much to do left in this life to leave it so early. I have a career to be had and school to be finished. I have books to read and worlds to explore. I have great big bear hugs to give to my nephew. I have tears to cry and laughs to bellow, love to give and a niece to see grow up. I have both joy and devastation, solace and companionship, failures and successes to experience.

It still seems overwhelming. I think of being twice the weight I was and I want to give up, accepting my fate of dying from this disease. I have realized, though, that I don’t need to know how I am going to make it through tomorrow; I only need to know how I am going to make it through this day, this hour, this minute. If I can continue to set aside how I feel in the moment in order for my lifelong values to be honored, then maybe one day it won’t matter so much to me. Maybe one day I will live in peace, enjoying the ups and downs that life has to offer. After all, it is the depths of despair that carve out the capacity for joy.

Lindsay_Nephew

Lindsay with her nephew, one of her biggest inspirations

After I decided to give life another shot, my doctor arranged for me to go to treatment on a full scholarship, and though this was my ninth time attempting such treatment, something was different this time. I still hated it. I still fought it. I screamed and cried and begged to be let go. But my doctor refused to give up on me. And I refused to give up on myself. For six long months, I battled my disease with every bite that I took and pound that I gained.

Today, I am home and weight-restored. My health has bounced back and I am enjoying life in a way that I never knew was possible.  I have beautiful friends, a family that I love, a wonderful church, am going back to school, and am leading an organization that I am passionate about. For so long I believed it was a burden to be alive; now I know the truth: it’s a blessing.

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The Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Team

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August 18, 2015

Angel MedFlight Poised for Growth with New Corporate Headquarters

Scottsdale, AZ – August 18, 2015

Angel MedFlight has relocated to a new corporate office in Scottsdale, Az. This new office building provides an opportunity for future growth and expansion of the Angel MedFlight team.

Angel_MedFlight_new_building“Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, a leading air medical transportation provider, has announced a relocation and expansion of its corporate headquarters. Angel MedFlight has executed a 5-year lease at The Pinnacle in Perimeter Center, 17851 N. 85th St. in Scottsdale, Arizona, approximately two miles north of its prior location.

The move stems from Angel MedFlight’s need for a more functional space to accommodate growth and demand for the provider’s air ambulance services. The new office space has been designed with advanced technology and enhanced amenities to better serve its domestic and international clients. In the last twelve months, Angel MedFlight has transferred patients from 49 states and 13 countries. The air ambulance company was recently awarded two prestigious aviation safety distinctions, earning the ARGUS Platinum Rating and the IS-BAO Stage 2 accreditation. These internationally recognized honors rank Angel MedFlight among elite air carriers throughout the world.

“Our new headquarters is a reflection of our commitment to process improvement. The office provides a more efficient work environment, conducive to collaboration and increased productivity, allowing us to better serve our patients. The new configuration will help us significantly improve our internal and external communication as we continue to grow and evolve within the industry,” said Jason Siegert COO and President.

To create ergonomic and team-friendly work environments, Angel MedFlight worked with a local designer to select state-of-the-art office equipment. Partitioned walls and traditional environments were replaced in favor of collaborative workstations, innovative breakout centers, and technologically driven room displays.

Angel MedFlight also has leased a new hangar at The Scottsdale Airpark to maintain its fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. The move was completed at the end of June.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services with a fleet of medically configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals coordinate every detail of a Bedside-to Bedside® patient transfer to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Find more information at www.angelmedflight.com/.”

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Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
17851 N. 85th Street, Suite 350
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
1 (877) 264-3570

 

 




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August 11, 2015

Discover Canada’s Allure as a Tourist Destination

Many travelers get so caught up in a state of wanderlust that they can easily forget the amazing destinations they call their neighbors.

Canada is one such destination for Americans. Far too many people seem to forget about the beauty the country has to offer, but this should not be the case.

Once you visit one or more of these spots, you probably won’t let Canada slip to the back of your mind again. Here are just a couple of the country’s most popular destinations for a first-time Canada explorer:

Toronto:

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Toronto isn’t necessarily an outdoorsman’s paradise like some other spots throughout Canada, but it has a little something for everyone. The region’s beaches are popular hotspots for locals and tourists alike, and are popular destinations for boating and water sports.

Toronto is also very well known for its gigantic Chinatown. The meals are cheap and authentic, and it’s also a great place to get hearty Asian fruits that aren’t found in chain supermarkets.

Though Toronto’s theme parks, entertainment centers and museums aren’t always exceptionally unique compared to those found in the United States, there are a few notable eccentricities to take note of.

For instance, every September, Toronto’s Queen’s Park hosts Canada’s largest annual outdoor book and magazine festival. You can also take tours of Casa Loma, the former “medieval” estate of entrepreneur Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Those who do want a signature outdoor experience should check out the trails in the Don Valley.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has been deemed by locals and tourists alike to be home to “the friendliest people in Canada.” Perhaps its citizens are so happy because they live in a region that is filled to the brim with fresh air and beautiful natural scenery. Nova Scotia boasts over 100 beaches in addition to impeccable sailing, excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks. The region is a dream for those who love to spend entire days and nights outside.

Adventurous travelers can hike the seven-mile Skyline Trail, kayak the North River, swim on Melmerby Beach or go tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. Even if you’d rather take it easy, you’ll find amazing low-key experiences driving along the picturesque Cabot Trail, attending a summer concert in Halifax, relaxing in Upper Clements Park, or wandering through the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

Nova Scotia is a nearly idyllic travel option for the modern North American explorer, and should definitely be on your radar if breathtaking landscapes are your thing.

Angel MedFlight frequently flies in and out of Canada, and though our team’s focus was on providing the highest quality care for our patients, it was hard not to notice how truly beautiful and expansive Canada is. Should something happen to you or a loved one during a trek along the coast or a Chinatown binge session, know that Angel MedFlight is always on call to serve you and ensure quick, quality care.


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July 28, 2015

Canary Islands International Travel Hotspot

The classic summer getaway usually consists of a well-planned trip to some international hotspot like Europe, Hawaii, or the Bahamas. But those looking for a slightly more unconventional experience should consider the culturally rich and aesthetically unique Canary Islands.

Located just off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago that continue to retain a vibrant Spanish influence with expansive, subtropical southern landscapes.

The word “island” may bring to mind an endless region of soft beaches and palm trees, but the Canary Islands are far more than a sleepy beach town. In many ways, the Canary Islands are a perfect all-in-one destination for any traveler, from the mountain lover to the desert bunny to the beach bum.

The islands have something for whatever mood or group you’re in, including:

  • Timanfaya National Park

    Timanfaya National Park

    Timanfaya National Park: This ethereal region was created in the 1700s after more than 100 volcanoes erupted throughout the terrain. The craters, colors and climate will make visitors to the park feel like they are walking on the moon or another planetary landscape. Located on the island of Lanzorote, the park offers unique hiking opportunities, guided tours, and even camel rides.

  • Maspalomas Sand Dunes

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes: Located on the island of Gran Canaria, the dunes offer a soft, expansive view of the rolling sands. The dunes are a popular place for sunbathers and explorers alike. Adventurers can spot very unique plant and animal life in the region, and can travel around by foot or by camel.

  • La_Palma

    La_Palma

    La Palma: For the lifelong nature lover, the island of La Palma is a heaven on earth. It offers some of the most stunning sights in the entire Canary Island region, with bountiful natural waterfalls, endless greenery, and volcanic desertscapes. The entire island is a designated biosphere reserve, and it’s easy to see why.

  • Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz: A beautiful portion of La Palma, Santa Cruz is a quaint, yet vibrant seaside town with impeccable architecture and centuries-old palaces and churches. Any design lover will be instantly smitten with the way Santa Cruz combines natural views with thoughtful structures.

Of course, as with any international travel, a trip to the Canary Islands may present a few unique health risks, especially to those with delicate systems. Travelers should make sure they have their rabies and Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

If any sort of medical emergency should occur in the midst of this island paradise, remember you can always rely on AngelMedFlight (AMF) to transport you or your loved one back home for medical care.




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July 16, 2015

International Travel To Well Known Cities In Japan

Scottsdale, AZ – July 16, 2015
The wanderlust bug seems to bite people especially hard in these hot summer months, and many travel sites and magazines are taking advantage of that by producing lists of amazing summer destinations.
For every well-known city within any given country, there are thousands upon thousands of smaller sights and experiences waiting to be discovered. Japan is a land that offers endless magnificence and rich tradition. It is fit for the most avid of outdoor explorers and the most energetic big city folk.
Tokyo is a common, bustling hub for tourists, but it is far from the only notable asset of the country.
NaganoNagano is a breathtaking option for outdoor lovers, and offers prime opportunities to climb the Japanese alps, play in the snow, or soak in a hot spring. Osaka is another popular destination, offering something for everyone with its rich history, modern influences, and expansive downtown area.
KoyasanTwo hours south of Osaka is the pensive, peaceful area of Koyasan, where the heart of Japanese Buddhism dwells. It is a sacred getaway for those looking for ultimate relaxation and an intellectual experience for the senses.

OkinawaYet another vibrant location is Okinawa, which some compare to a Hawaii within Japan. It consists of several small islands and a subtropical climate for those looking for a warm beach getaway.
Even locals will tell you that the possibility for discovery and enjoyment in Japan is truly endless. However, as with all new destinations, any traveler should be aware of the health risks specific to the area. Travelers to Japan, especially those traveling for a significant amount of time or who have pre-existing conditions, should ensure they have Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies vaccines.
If a health emergency were to take place overseas, remember that Angel MedFlight, a global air ambulance provider, is committed to safely and expertly transporting you back home for continued medical care. Learn more about Angel MedFlight’s international air ambulance services at http://www.angelmedflight.com/international-medical-transport-resources/



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