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The medical flight crew that provides such stellar care is a multinational team that works as one. An Air Method’s pilot (who works a 21-day-on / 21-day- off schedule and is provided housing and transportation) flies either a medical doctor or flight paramedic, while a nurse and flight EMT are always onboard. The hierarchy is physician, nurse, paramedic, then EMT. Yet, Dr. Jerry Chandler, a Haitian surgeon who flies many missions and is Ayiti Air Anbilans’ operations director, is quick to emphasize that while there is a hierarchy, every role is equally crucial. “We work as a team. Everyone has their role and importance in providing care. I like to say that we’re all important and none of us can be left out. We act as one.”


To further underscore every member’s essential service, Dr. Chandler places special emphasis on the EMTs. All three are Haitian (One flight nurse is also Haitian.) and thus fluent in the local Kreyòl language. “The EMTs are very important. Not only do they act as caregivers, but they also help nurses and paramedics with language barriers. Again, all of the positions are important and each person has their role in what we do.”


THAT’S FOR ME TOO?


Ayiti Air Anbilans serves all in Haiti that need flight medical service—regardless of ability to pay. While there are some paying patients


through insurance


companies and membership plans (An individual plan is $36 a year.), the vast majority served have little money. Therefore, most Haitians are shocked when


36 October 2015


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