The Killdeer High School HOSA members sponsored a visit from the Valley Med Flight from Dickinson.
By Cherie Roshau
For the DC Herald
The Helicopter flown by Pilot Patrick Hiles, landed on the practice field north of the KHS gymnasium on Monday, November 16, 2015. Students enrolled in pre-school through grade three squealed with delight as they witnessed the helicopter land a safe distance from them. Pilot Patrick Hiles, flight nurse DeAnn Schafer and medical technician, Ross Goodsell were greeted with questions from the children as the medical trio emerged from the Med Flight helicopter. Valerie Oakleaf, Killdeer Ambulance, assisted the crew as they landed. The HOSA group visited with the medical personal as they shared the paths they took before arriving in their individual medical field. A few “lucky” students were able to sit in the helicopter and experience the medical evacuation “chopper” as if they were a part of the team.
Valley Med Flight’s aircraft is be capable of assisting local first responders, EMS, fire, and law enforcement by responding to motor vehicle accidents, oil field injuries, and any other scene response needs as well as helipad-to-helipad patient transportation. Valley Med Flight is owned and managed by Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG). AMRG is the fourth largest air medical provider in the nation and currently transports more than 11,000 patients per year.
HOSA Future Health Professionals) is a national organization that has been developed specifically for students interested or pursuing a health care related degree or career. Killdeer High School HOSA chapter is developing relationships with many health career organizations as well as local businesses to build a platform offering opportunities for students. More information about HOSA can be found on www.hosa.org.