Episode 8 of the Air Medical Today Podcast has been published. In this episode I interview Drs. Howard Werman and Cathy Janyes, the Medical Director and Director of Research for the new Center For Medical Transport Research. In the First Response section of the podcast I check in with Rex Alexander, the President Elect of the National EMS Pilots Association, on their new Helipad Safety Sign Program. There is also News & Information and more detailed information on the Southwest Med Evac crash on February 5, 2009.
Dr. Howard Werman is a Professor in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University as well as the Medical Director for the MedFlight program. His extensive experience as a board-certified emergency physician has expanded to directing and consulting national and international efforts to improve emergency medical systems.
Dr. Werman has published extensively in the area of emergency care and critical care transport and in 2006 received the Barbara A. Hess Award from the Association for Air Medical Services in recognition of his significant contributions to the enhancement of the emergency medical industry through research and educational excellence.
Dr. Werman completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University, medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University. He lives in Bexley, Ohio with his wife and has three grown children.
Dr. Cathy Jaynes is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado’s College of Nursing and brings years of experience in critical care transport leadership and flight nursing. Her doctoral studies focused on health services evaluation and research methods and her current research is focused on the provision of safe and effective critical care transport for rural underserved populations.
Dr. Jaynes received her Bachelors in Nursing from California State University in Fresno, California, her Masters in Community Health Nursing and Ph.D. in Nursing in Healthcare Systems Evaluation & Research Methods from The Ohio State University. She lives in Denver and has two grown children.
Mr. Rex Alexander has spent 34 years in aviation with 24 of those years in helicopters and 16 years in the air medical industry. Rex serves as the Regional Operations Manager for the Central United States for Omniflight Helicopters and is the President Elect of the National EMS Pilots Association, or NEMSPA. He is an Army veteran of 11 years.
Rex is also the Past President of the Indiana AAMS Chapter and is a member of the Helicopter Association International Heliport Committee. He has a consulting firm called RJ Alexander Consulting, LLC where he provides consulting for heliport design and safety.