At Kalispell Regional Healthcare, our mission is to improve the health, comfort, and life of those we serve. We believe in a better future for healthcare. With more than 4,000 employees, we are the largest private employer in the Flathead Valley. As we continue to grow, we look for people dedicated to service and quality.
Provides pre-hospital and interfacility, patient care as part of the ALERT air ambulance team in collaboration with the flight nurse. Coordinates care with other disciplines, especially other pre-hospital providers. Services neonatal, pediatric, adult, OB high risk and geriatric populations. Works in collaboration with the pilot to provide navigational and radio communication assistance. Willingly assists KRMC staff in any other duties as assigned. Expect to be self-motivated and attend monthly critiques and special training sessions as per ALERT critique attendance policy.
1. *Performs comprehensive assessment in collaboration with a flight RN in accordance with Flight policies and procedures and the unit (ED/Flight) specific standards. Performs daily review of aircraft to include thorough check of packs, oxygen, batteries and avalanche equipment. Performs, completes, and documents monthly pack checks.
2. *Chart completion to be done in conjunction with involved Flight Nurse. Develops and sends follow-up letters to all facilities ALERT transported to or received patients from.
3. *The Flight Paramedic will complete required flight specific competencies each year. This includes, but is not limited to, any mandatory educational requirements such as Clinical Validation Days, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, Trauma Course and Flight Equipment competencies including but not limited to: avalanche training, swift water training, winter survival, OB/ NICU, CRM, NVG, water egress, QuickTrach, Glide Scope, E-Z-IO, infusion pumps, transport ventilators, etc.
4. * Minimum of four (4) intubations per year.
5. *Demonstrates professionalism by meeting the expectations of Flight Paramedic’s leadership role by providing outreach education and/or chart review for outlying agencies.
6. *Minimum of two (2) contacts with assigned pre-hospital area units.
7. *Responsible for assisting with loading/unloading patients to and from the helicopter as well as fixed wing. Will transport patients to the helicopter by gurney or stretcher or may be required to carry a patient to the helicopter over rough and uneven terrain.
8. *Performs radio communications with dispatch, ground crews and ambulance crews; coordinates to secure Landing Zone. Demonstrates knowledge and competence regarding GPS data entry, satellite telephone, flight hazard awareness, HTAWS system, TCAS system, and the SkyTrac system.
9. *Works in collaboration with the Flight RN for all aspects of patient care: Monitor, IV, EKG, Intubation, Suction, Ventilation, Vent application, IV pumps, IV drips, Medication administration, Defibrillation, Pacing, CPR, Needle Chest Decompression, IO Needle insertion, patient packaging (c-collar, backboard, traction splints, other splints), hypothermia treatment, hyperthermia treatment, patient extrication when needed, patient carry-outs from remote locations (may involve hiking, 4-wheeler, horse, boat, wheeled-litter, snowmobile, etc.).
10. Adheres to ALERT Attendance Policy: Policy #AL245e.
11. Adheres to ALERT Flight Paramedic Duties in the Emergency Department, Policy #ER2208a.
12. When required, will transport psych patients from KRMC ED to Pathways via ground ambulance.
1. Current Montana EMT-P and/or National Registry licensure. Minimum 3 years paramedic experience.
2. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification (BLS). Current ACLS certification.
3. Current PALS certification or ability to obtain within 6-months to a year of employment.
4. Current NRP certification or ability to obtain within 6-months to a year of employment.
5. Current PHTLS certification, equivalent, or ATLS audit or ability to obtain within 6-months to a year of employment.
6. CCEMTP or FP-C preferred.
7. Must be able to meet the ALERT Medical Director’s approval for the State of Montana Paramedic Critical Care Endorsement within one year of hire.
8. Must satisfactorily meet and maintain Flight Crew requirements
a. All current Flight Crewmembers will continuously meet the stated physical requirements to remain in flight status.
b. Maximum body weight with flight gear (flight suit, jacket, boots, helmet: approximately 10#): 250 lbs.
c. It is the responsibility of each crewmember to know the physical requirements and to notify their immediate supervisor if they do not meet these requirements at any time.
Kalispell is a dynamic community located within a thirty-minute drive of Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park, several National and State forests and parks, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. Kalispell is the retail, professional, medical, and governmental center of the Flathead Valley serving approximately 140,000 people in Northwest Montana.