Representatives from Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital attended both Bledsoe and Sequatchie County High Schools on May 12th and donated Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to each of the schools. 

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Minutes can literally make a difference between life and death. The sooner a heart rhythm is restored the better the outcome for the patient. AEDs are a safe and easy to use system that can restore heart rhythm during a sudden cardiac arrest. Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association advocate for AEDs to be readily available in public areas including schools. 

“When the athletic staff at Bledsoe County High School approached our LIFE FORCE team about the possibility of having an AED at the field house, we knew this was a very important request we could not pass up,” said Stephanie Boynton, CEO of Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital. “We are pleased to provide this much need equipment to both high schools. We hope that if it will ever be needed one day it will save a life in time for emergency personal to assist and transfer the patient to our emergency department.” 

Both AEDs are portable and can be moved to any location for further medical assistance. It is also possible for the athletic teams to take the AEDs with them whenever they travel for their sporting events.

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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. 

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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.

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