Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System and LIFE FORCE are proud to announce Jim Fox, LIFE FORCE Business Development Director, and Ray Cadwallader, LIFE FORCE 5 Base Manager, achieved the Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) designation from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). 

The AAMS hosted the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) in Wheeling, WV this week. MTLI helps participants develop leadership and management skills specific to medical transport through formal education programs emphasizing both management theory and its direct practical application. To become certified, applicants must participate in a rigorous educational program over the course of two years, pass a comprehensive written examination and satisfactorily complete a team project related to a timely industry challenge.
“Achieving the CMTE designation requires dedication and hard work to complete the rigorous program,” said Robbie Tester, VP of Operations for Erlanger Health System. “Jim and Ray are exceptionally deserving of the title and recognition. They are invaluable assets to our team and community. We are fortunate to have them and congratulate them on their achievements.” 

 The AAMS was established in 1980 as an international trade association headquartered in the Washington, DC area. As a non-profit trade association, AAMS advocates for and represents their membership in order to enhance their ability to deliver quality, safe and effective medical care and transportation for each patient. They also provide countless professional development opportunities for their members from local classes to international conferences. To learn more about the AAMS, visit

LIFE FORCE has been providing air medical transport to the Chattanooga region since 1988 and operates five bases in Tennessee and Georgia that cover 50,000 square miles. LIFE FORCE is accredited by the commission for accreditation of medical transport systems and is nationally ranked as one of the highest performing air medical services in the country. All LIFE FORCE flight nurses and paramedics are board certified in critical care transport.  LIFE FORCE is one of only 5% of the programs in the country that has achieved this standard. 

LIFE FORCE Air Medical is proud to announce Jason Clark, clinical educator and flight paramedic, as the recipient of the 2017 Tim Hynes Award, formerly known as the Flight Paramedic of the Year Award. The award is presented by the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics each year to an exceptional paramedic who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and paramedic professionalism, as nominated by their peers. The award was presented to Clark during the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference in San Antonio, TX on April 11th. 

“Jason has been instrumental in developing a clinical culture at LIFE FORCE that emphasizes bringing the very best patient care directly to the field in the patients’ time of need,” said Robbie Tester, VP of Operations for Erlanger Health System. “He is a true asset to our program and has made an immense impact not just on our crews and the way we do things every day, but also the air medical community across the United States.”

A Nationally Registered Paramedic and Certified Flight Paramedic serving as Clinical Educator for LIFE FORCE Air Medical since 2014, Clark has also served as Director of Business Development and Director of Education at Hospital Wing and began his air medical career at Air Evac Lifeteam as a flight paramedic in 2005. 

Clark has brought new innovations, including the introduction of liquid plasma, ultrasound, and specialized pediatric and neonatal transport protocols, which continually improves the high quality standard of care that LIFE FORCE provides for patients. He has spent countless hours educating not just LIFE FORCE crews but the communities they serve, and spends time lecturing at various conferences including AMTC, EMS World Expo and will be teaching pre-hospital ultrasound this summer at EMS Gathering in Cork, Ireland.

LIFE FORCE Celebrates 28 Years

December 20th, 2016

28 years ago today, LIFE FORCE transported our first patient.

An air medical service was first proposed for the Chattanooga area in 1975, but it wasn't until 1988 that Erlanger Health System launched the program. Flying a Bell 412, a large helicopter capable of transporting two patients, three flight crew members, and two pilots (although we typically didn't utilize that setup), we took off at 6:30 PM for Emerald-Hodgson Hospital (now Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Sewanee) to transport a four year-old in respiratory arrest due to a chronic lung condition aggravated by a cold.

Many things have changed since 1988, but one thing hasn't -- LIFE FORCE has always been, and will always be, committed to safely providing the highest level of critical care in the air. We thank you for supporting our program and look forward to serving our communities for many more years! 

Posted by Life Force | Topic: Newsroom  | Category: News | 0 Comments | Leave a Comment