The Evansville, Ind. Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2012 National Community Service Base of the Year. The Community Service Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown outstanding community service in its market area.
Lonnie Dardeen, program director for the Evansville base, said it was a great honor to receive the national award. Dardeen started with Air Evac Lifeteam as a flight paramedic in 2005, and took over the role of program director in 2008. The Evansville base takes pride in its community, and Dardeen said all members of the team work hard to reach out to members of the community.
“We’ve taught more classes in the last year than anyone in the entire region,” he said. “We’re able to impart our knowledge and really get involved with the community, and that is what Air Evac Lifeteam is all about. Through our training and outreach classes, we are able to save a patient’s life before he or she ever gets injured.”
Employees at the Evansville base also teach Landing Zone classes to any person or agency that would ever call for a helicopter, because safety is of the utmost importance. The team also takes the helicopter to public relations events, including health fairs and schools.
John Landis, regional director of base operations, said the Evansville base stands out for its involvement in the community.
“This is due to the dedicated staff and their dedication to providing outreach education,” he said. “Everyone at the base is ready and willing to do whatever it takes for the patient, for each other, and for the community.”
The Evansville base is located at 617 E. Delaware.
Air Evac Lifeteam is a membership-supported air ambulance company that provides emergency care and rapid medical transport to rural communities throughout the central U.S. For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services, call 1-800-793-0010, or visit www.lifeteam.net.
The Evansville, Ind. Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2012 National Community Service Base of the Year. From left Joe Grygiel, senior director of base operations; Dr. James Spiller, medical director; Barry Martens, base lead pilot; Steve Johnson, base pilot supervisor; Sandy Dyer, base clinical lead; Lonnie Dardeen, program director; Kirby Russell, flight nurse; Stephanie Rutter, director of business development; and John Landis, regional director of base