November 14, 2003

LifeFlight nurse honored with national award

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LifeFlight’s Kevin High has been named National Medical Crew Member of the Year. Dana Johnson

LifeFlight nurse honored with national award

LifeFlight nurse Kevin High has been named National Medical Crew Member of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services, one of the most prestigious awards to be given in the aeromedical field.

High was presented the surprise award during the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) annual awards banquet in Reno, Nev. for his outstanding contributions that “enhance the development or promote the improvement of patient care in the air medical transport community.”

High was nominated for the award by fellow LifeFlight nurses Jeanne Yeatman and Sheldon Dreaddy.

Yeatman, who serves as program director over Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight program, said the recognition for High was well deserved, and also reflected of the entire LifeFlight transportation program.

“It’s just an incredible award for Kevin to receive,” Yeatman said. “And it’s an award that is reflective on the LifeFlight program that sets us apart from other air-medical programs as an industry leader.”

Dreaddy nominated High because of the standards he helped set to make the LifeFlight program one of the best.

“I came to LifeFlight two years ago and I was instantly impressed by the caliber of the flight program,” Dreaddy said. “I’ve observed that Kevin has been instrumental in the evolution of this program as a leader in air medical transport. I felt that both Kevin and this flight program deserved this national recognition.”

High has been instrumental in Vanderbilt’s “EMS Night Out” program, which has provided training to more than 3,500 emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, first responders and nurses. Topics have ranged from treatment of the cardiac patient to the role of the Secret Service in providing patient care for the President.

“Kevin goes beyond the call of duty and spends countless hours off-duty to make our EMS outreach program successful,” Yeatman said.

Dr. John A. Morris Jr., professor of Surgery, director of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and LifeFlight’s medical director, was present when High received the award.

“Kevin High is receiving the award because he is one of those rare individuals who set standards — clinical, educational and personal — for to which the remainder of us aspire,” Morris said. “It has been both a pleasure and a challenge to be associated with him.”

High has been a RN for 18 years and an EMT for 15 years. For the past decade, he has been a LifeFlight nurse.