Airlift Northwest appoints
base managers for Alaska
March 20, 2007
Airlift Northwest Alaska has announced the appointment of two
base managers for its operations in Alaska. Lisa Hollis will
lead the Juneau base and Rose Goure will lead the Ketchikan base.
According to Shelly Deering,
Director of Clinical Operations for Alaska, Airlift Northwest
has added the base manager position in each community to assure
the highest level of service to people in southest Alaska who
need critical care air medical transportation.
"When a patient is critically ill or injured and needs to
be flown to specialized medical treatment, we want to be sure
that patient receives the best care possible," Deering said.
"Lisa and Rose will focus on base operations allowing our
nurses to give their full attention to treating the patient and
keeping family members and medical staff informed."
The primary duty of the base managers is to assure that highest
attention is given to safety and patient care. They also are
responsible for communication with local hospitals, medical personnel
and emergency responders. Because Airlift Northwest is a nonprofit
organization with community service as part of its mission, the
base managers oversee education and training seminars that Airlift
offers to the public and the medical community, as well as participation
in events like health fairs and partnerships with other organizations
on health-related projects.
Hollis has practiced critical care nursing for 24 years and has
worked in facilities around the country from major trauma centers
to small community hospitals. Goure has 23 years in nursing
at both the University of Washington Medical Center and Children's
Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.
Juneau and Ketchikan each have a staff of 14 pilots and nurses
who live in the communities they serve. Each flight nurse is
specially trained in transporting critical patients and all receive
annual advanced clinical training in Seattle.
Airlift Northwest pilots and nurses are among the most experienced
in Alaska. "Our nurses average 15 years of experience
pilots average 10,000 flight hours," Deering said. "With
our two-nurse/two-pilot teams, we average 30 years of nursing
experience and 20,000 hours in the cockpit on our flights. We're
proud of our experience and training. It's an honor for us to
be able to treat patients in Alaska."
Airlift Northwest began when a tragic house fire in Sitka, Alaska,
claimed the lives of five children before they could be safely
transported for care. Dr. Michael Copass, Airlift Northwest
President and Medical Director, was teaching in Sitka at the
time and was called into the local emergency room to help care
for the children. He returned to Seattle, determined to find
a way to provide air medical transport to areas around Alaska
and the Pacific Northwest. Airlift Northwest was the result
of this effort and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
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