My Profession

I am a healthcare administrator by training and serve as the President & CEO of the nine hospital Life Link III Air Medical Consortium based in Minneapolis, Minnesota serving the upper Midwest from five helicopter and one fixed wing base in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I started in October 2011. Prior to Life Link III I was the Program Director for MedLink AIR Critical Care Transport for Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. MedLink AIR has been serving the communities throughout the Tri-State Region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota since 1992.

In September 2009 I started the EPNetwork where I explored full time the uses of new media for business purposes. My goal was to provide news & information as well as podcasts that focus on topical areas that do not necessarily receive regular news coverage nor in depth exposure. I also started a blog where I post about the development of the EPNetwork. Immediately prior to EPN I was the CEO of MedServ Management Services in Platte City, Missouri. MedServ manages air medical programs in conjunction and cooperation with host hospitals across the United States. Before my position with MedServ, where I started in May 2004, I served as the Associate Operating Officer of Emergency Services at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Through that position I oversaw the Emergency Services Division of the hospital which included the emergency department, trauma services, Life Flight critical care transport programs, disaster planning, Bed Control / Transfer Center, and Patient Access Services. I started at Duke in September 1998.

Previous to Duke I was the president and CEO of West Michigan Air Care, a critical care helicopter and MICU provider based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Air Care is the result of the merger of the helicopter programs of Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital in March 1993. It was the first air medical merger in the United States and were the featured cover story in the July/August 1995 issue of AirMed now called the Air Medical Journal. Before Air Care I served as the Assistant Administrator for Emergency, Trauma and Ambulatory Services at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, which is outside of Washington, DC. Fairfax is part of Inova Health System. As part of my responsibilities, I researched and implemented an air medical service called Inova Medical AirCare. I left Fairfax in September 1992 to merge the services in Kalamazoo and to lead West Michigan Air Care.

I am currently on the board of directors for the Association of Critical Care Transport. I served on the Association of Air Medical Services Board of Directors Executive Committee as Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Past President. I am a past president and former webmaster of the Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum, a past president of the Michigan Association of Air Medical Services, past director of Region IX (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) and Region III Director (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan & Ohio) for the Association of Air Medical Services. I also serve as a regent and instructor for the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) from its founding in 1997 through 2007 and again in 2015. MTLI is held annually at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. I was one of the founders of the South Carolina Area Association of Air Medical Services and served as Webmaster and Treasurer.

I am a Fellow (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with the American Society of Association Executives, and a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) with the Association of Air Medical Services. In 2014 I was named by the Association of Air Medical Services as the Program Director of the Year.


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