Jan. 11, 2013
-- Palm City, FL
– Michael Keister, founder of Global Air Rescue, recently collaborated with medical staff at both San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital and a small hospital on the island of Saipan. They came together in a volunteer effort to bring a young girl to the United States on November 4 for advanced medical care. It was the latest partnership-
building effort fostered by Keister's medical transport company, which maintains working relationships with area hospitals to facilitate seamless transitions for patients.
“Flying a critically ill 8-year-old halfway around the world requires that all medical and flight teams have open lines of communication,”
Keister explained, “but that's not necessarily unique to Dora's situation. Every patient who depends on Global Air Rescue can be sure they are in good hands, from the experienced pilots to the medical team, and a lot of that security comes from the planning and team-building with hospitals that we do on a regular basis.”
Medically fragile and in desperate need of advanced diagnostics and care, little Dora Camacho and her mother, Jennifer, flew to the U.S. for that care, thanks to the generosity of Keister and other donors. The trip from Saipan to San Diego took 20 hours and required the coordination of medical staff, airport and ambulance crews in at least three countries. Medical consultations between the air ambulance medical coordinator and Dora's doctors – both in Saipan and San Diego – took just hours to determine that Dora was medically able to make the trip. A small jet was equipped with everything the doctors said Dora might need, including a flight nurse who stayed with Dora and Jennifer through it all, reassuring them and tending to their needs for the entire journey. And, it was all at no cost to Dora's family.
For both philanthropic and regular critical transport services, Global Air Rescue maintains working relationships with hospitals to ensure that patients are transported with the equipment and caretakers they need, no matter the length of the flight or the patient's medical requirements. All air ambulances in Keister's arranged fleet feature advanced cardiac life support systems, and the medical professionals who provide care during rescue flights are certified experts in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Flight Physiology. Trauma specialists are also available at a moment's notice, and flights can be scheduled in just hours.About Michael Keister
With more than 7,000 chartered flights to over 150 countries on six continents, Michael Keister is not only an aviation expert, but also a true professional when it comes to organ procurement and air ambulance services.