Life Flight’s New Medical Director


>>>FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS>>>FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS
HISTORY, LIFEFLIGHT HAS A WOMAN HISTORY, LIFEFLIGHT HAS A WOMAN
AT THE HELM OF THE MEDICAL AT THE HELM OF THE MEDICAL
SERVICE. SERVICE.
>>DR. LESLIE OSBORN IS THE ONLY>>DR. LESLIE OSBORN IS THE ONLY
THIRD PERSON TO SERVE IN THAT THIRD PERSON TO SERVE IN THAT
POSITION. POSITION.
CHANNEL 2 HEALTH REPORTER CHANNEL 2 HEALTH REPORTER
HALEY HERNANDEZ SITS DOWN FOR A HALEY HERNANDEZ SITS DOWN FOR A
SUNDAY CONVERSATION WITH SUNDAY CONVERSATION WITH
DR. OSBORN. DR. OSBORN.
>>Reporter: WHEN YOU DID YOU>>Reporter: WHEN YOU DID YOU
TAKE OVER? TAKE OVER?
>>JULY FIRST WAS OUR FIRST>>JULY FIRST WAS OUR FIRST
START DATE. START DATE.
SO I TOOK OVER AS THE MEDICAL SO I TOOK OVER AS THE MEDICAL
DIRECTOR AND THEN DAVE MYER TOOK DIRECTOR AND THEN DAVE MYER TOOK
OVER AS THE ASSISTANT MEDICAL OVER AS THE ASSISTANT MEDICAL
DIRECTOR FOR FLIEF — DIRECTOR FOR FLIEF —
LIFEFLIGHT. LIFEFLIGHT.
>>Reporter: YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE>>Reporter: YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE
OF THREE DIRECTORS EVER, AND THE OF THREE DIRECTORS EVER, AND THE
FIRST FEMALE, CORRECT? FIRST FEMALE, CORRECT?
>>YEAH.>>YEAH.
I AGREE WITH YOU. I AGREE WITH YOU.
IT’S A BIG DEAL. IT’S A BIG DEAL.
NOT IN THE SENSE THAT I FEEL NOT IN THE SENSE THAT I FEEL
LIKE I’M A BIG DEAL, BUT I THINK LIKE I’M A BIG DEAL, BUT I THINK
THAT THE PROGRAM HAS A HISTORY THAT THE PROGRAM HAS A HISTORY
THAT’S INCREDIBLE. THAT’S INCREDIBLE.
AND ESPECIALLY THE FIRST PERSON AND ESPECIALLY THE FIRST PERSON
WHO STARTED LIFEFLIGHT IN 1976, WHO STARTED LIFEFLIGHT IN 1976,
DR. DUKE, THAT EVERYONE KNOWS DR. DUKE, THAT EVERYONE KNOWS
AND LOVES, AND ESPECIALLY PEOPLE AND LOVES, AND ESPECIALLY PEOPLE
FROM TEXAS HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW FROM TEXAS HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW
AND LOVE VERY WELL. AND LOVE VERY WELL.
>>Reporter: OF COURSE.>>Reporter: OF COURSE.
>>HE SET A LEGACY THAT I THINK>>HE SET A LEGACY THAT I THINK
WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MATCH WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MATCH
BUT SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE’LL BUT SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE’LL
CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR. CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR.
>>Reporter: WHAT’S IT LIKE>>Reporter: WHAT’S IT LIKE
TAKING OVER THAT KIND OF LEGACY? TAKING OVER THAT KIND OF LEGACY?
>>IT’S DAUNTING.>>IT’S DAUNTING.
[LAUGHTER] [LAUGHTER]
>>YOU KNOW,.>>YOU KNOW,.
>>Reporter: NOT TOO SCARY.>>Reporter: NOT TOO SCARY.
>>IT’S DAUNTING.>>IT’S DAUNTING.
BUT I THINK IT SET THE BAR VERY BUT I THINK IT SET THE BAR VERY
HIGH FOR US AND I THINK THE HIGH FOR US AND I THINK THE
THAT’S APPROPRIATE. THAT’S APPROPRIATE.
HIS VISION WAS TO TAKE THE CARE HIS VISION WAS TO TAKE THE CARE
WE PROVIDE IN THE EMERGENCY WE PROVIDE IN THE EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT AND HE TROYED IN THE DEPARTMENT AND HE TROYED IN THE
TRAUMA O.R. AND TAKE TO IT THE TRAUMA O.R. AND TAKE TO IT THE
SCENE OF ACCIDENTS, TO THE SITE SCENE OF ACCIDENTS, TO THE SITE
OF THE INJURED PATIENT AND THAT OF THE INJURED PATIENT AND THAT
VIEW AND THAT VISION EARLY ON VIEW AND THAT VISION EARLY ON
WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE AND WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE AND
UNMATCHED AND I THINK WE HAVE A UNMATCHED AND I THINK WE HAVE A
VISION THAT’S RELATIVELY VISION THAT’S RELATIVELY
UNMATCHED IN THE COUNTRY. UNMATCHED IN THE COUNTRY.
WE’VE EXPANDED OUR VISIONS TO WE’VE EXPANDED OUR VISIONS TO
INCLUDE MEDICAL PATIENTS AND INCLUDE MEDICAL PATIENTS AND
PEEDIALTY TRICKS AND OBSTETRICS PEEDIALTY TRICKS AND OBSTETRICS
AND SPECIALIZED PATIENT CARE, AND SPECIALIZED PATIENT CARE,
BUT WE STILL HAVE THE SAME BUT WE STILL HAVE THE SAME
VISION OF TAKING WHAT WE CAN DO VISION OF TAKING WHAT WE CAN DO
THIS THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, THIS THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT,
DIRECTLY TO THE PATIENT, WHETHER DIRECTLY TO THE PATIENT, WHETHER
IT’S AT A CAR ACCIDENT OR A IT’S AT A CAR ACCIDENT OR A
LOCAL SMALLER RURAL EMERGENCY LOCAL SMALLER RURAL EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT THAT NEEDS OUR HELP DEPARTMENT THAT NEEDS OUR HELP
AND NEEDS OUR CARE. AND NEEDS OUR CARE.
>>Reporter: OUT OF THE WHOLE>>Reporter: OUT OF THE WHOLE
COUNTRY, YOUR PROGRAM SEES MORE COUNTRY, YOUR PROGRAM SEES MORE
PATIENTS THAN ANY OTHER PATIENTS THAN ANY OTHER
HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL.
RIGHT? RIGHT?
>>THAT’S TRUE.>>THAT’S TRUE.
WE SEE — WE DO ABOUT 3,000 WE SEE — WE DO ABOUT 3,000
MISSIONS A YEAR. MISSIONS A YEAR.
WE’RE THE BUSIEST HELIPAD IN THE WE’RE THE BUSIEST HELIPAD IN THE
ENTIRE COUNTRY, CIVILIAN ENTIRE COUNTRY, CIVILIAN
COUNTRY. COUNTRY.
SO IT’S — YOU GUYS GOT TO SEE SO IT’S — YOU GUYS GOT TO SEE
IT THIS MORNING. IT THIS MORNING.
WE’RE BUSY AND UP AND RUNNING. WE’RE BUSY AND UP AND RUNNING.
WE RUN 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR, WE RUN 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR,
AND THAT’S AN ASSET TO THE AND THAT’S AN ASSET TO THE
COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY.
>>Reporter: WHAT’S YOUR>>Reporter: WHAT’S YOUR
BACKGROUND? BACKGROUND?
>>I WENT TO CLEMSON UNIVERSITY.>>I WENT TO CLEMSON UNIVERSITY.
I WAS GOING TO COMPLETE COLLEGE I WAS GOING TO COMPLETE COLLEGE
AND GET MY PARAMEDIC AND GET MY PARAMEDIC
CERTIFICATION AND THAT’S WHAT I CERTIFICATION AND THAT’S WHAT I
WAS GOING TO DO. WAS GOING TO DO.
MY PATHS CHANGED AND I APPLIED MY PATHS CHANGED AND I APPLIED
TO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND GOT IN, TO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND GOT IN,
THANKFULLY. THANKFULLY.
SO HERE I AM. SO HERE I AM.
I WENT TO EMERGENCY MEDICINE I WENT TO EMERGENCY MEDICINE
RESIDENCY IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND RESIDENCY IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND
GOT INVOLVED AGAIN IN EMS. GOT INVOLVED AGAIN IN EMS.
AND SO I STARTED DOING MEDICAL AND SO I STARTED DOING MEDICAL
DIRECTION FOR A S.W.A.T. TEAM IN DIRECTION FOR A S.W.A.T. TEAM IN
SOUTH CAROLINA. SOUTH CAROLINA.
AND HAVE CONTINUED TO DO THAT AND HAVE CONTINUED TO DO THAT
UNTIL RECENTLY. UNTIL RECENTLY.
AND THEN I CAME HERE TO THE AND THEN I CAME HERE TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND HOUSTON UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND HOUSTON
FIRE DEPARTMENT AND DID THE EMS FIRE DEPARTMENT AND DID THE EMS
FELLOWSHIP IN HOUSTON IN 2016 FELLOWSHIP IN HOUSTON IN 2016
AND THAT’S WHAT LED ME HERE AND AND THAT’S WHAT LED ME HERE AND
THAT’S WHY I’M STILL HERE. THAT’S WHY I’M STILL HERE.
>>Reporter: YOU HAVE A MILITARY>>Reporter: YOU HAVE A MILITARY
BACKGROUND AS WELL? BACKGROUND AS WELL?
>>I DO.>>I DO.
SO I COMMISSIONED IN THE SO I COMMISSIONED IN THE
AIR FORCE A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AIR FORCE A YEAR AND A HALF AGO
HERE ON THE HELIPAD. HERE ON THE HELIPAD.
WE DID THE CEREMONY HERE. WE DID THE CEREMONY HERE.
AND SO I KIND OF CONTINUED TO DO AND SO I KIND OF CONTINUED TO DO
THE SAME WORK IN THE MILITARY THE SAME WORK IN THE MILITARY
THAT I DO ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE. THAT I DO ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE.
SO I’M TRAINING AS A FLIGHT SO I’M TRAINING AS A FLIGHT
SURGEON FOR THE AIR FORCE. SURGEON FOR THE AIR FORCE.
>>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU LIKE SO>>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU LIKE SO
MUCH ABOUT THAT? MUCH ABOUT THAT?
>>IT’S NICE THAT I’M COMPLETELY>>IT’S NICE THAT I’M COMPLETELY
TRAINED AND READY TO GO. TRAINED AND READY TO GO.
I THINK THAT I CAN BE AN ANSET I THINK THAT I CAN BE AN ANSET
TO THEM — AN ASSET TO THEM. TO THEM — AN ASSET TO THEM.
I THINK OUR MILITARY MEMBERS I THINK OUR MILITARY MEMBERS
DESERVE QUALITY CARE. DESERVE QUALITY CARE.
SO IT’S TO BE INVOLVED IN SO IT’S TO BE INVOLVED IN
SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MYSELF AND SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MYSELF AND
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
>>Reporter: WE’RE LUCKY TO HAVE>>Reporter: WE’RE LUCKY TO HAVE
YOU. YOU.
DO YOU HAVE FUTURE PLANS FOR DO YOU HAVE FUTURE PLANS FOR
LIFEFLIGHT HERE IN HOUSTON? LIFEFLIGHT HERE IN HOUSTON?
>>SURE.>>SURE.
THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WE’LL BE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WE’LL BE
MOVING TO A NEW BUILDING, MOVING TO A NEW BUILDING,
HELIPAD. HELIPAD.
SO WE HAVE LOGISTICS TO WORK SO WE HAVE LOGISTICS TO WORK
OUT. OUT.
I THINK AS SOMEONE NEW COMING I THINK AS SOMEONE NEW COMING
IN, I KNOW THE CREWS HERE AND IN, I KNOW THE CREWS HERE AND
I’VE GOTTEN TO KNOW THEM, BUT I’VE GOTTEN TO KNOW THEM, BUT
PART OF MY JOB IS TO GET IN AND PART OF MY JOB IS TO GET IN AND
REFAMILIARIZE MYSELF WITH THEM, REFAMILIARIZE MYSELF WITH THEM,
WITH THE EQUIPMENT, WHAT WE’RE WITH THE EQUIPMENT, WHAT WE’RE
DOING TO RESUSCITATE PATIENT DOING TO RESUSCITATE PATIENT
CARE AND LISTEN TO THEM AND SEE CARE AND LISTEN TO THEM AND SEE
WHAT THEY NEED TO ME. WHAT THEY NEED TO ME.
THEY PROVIDE INCREDIBLE CARE, THEY PROVIDE INCREDIBLE CARE,
BUT MY JOB WILL BE TO COME IN BUT MY JOB WILL BE TO COME IN
AND DAVE’S JOB TO COME IN AND AND DAVE’S JOB TO COME IN AND
HELP BOLSTER THE EDUCATION, MAKE HELP BOLSTER THE EDUCATION, MAKE
SURE THEY HAVE ALL THE TRAINING SURE THEY HAVE ALL THE TRAINING
AND EQUIPMENT THEY NEED. AND EQUIPMENT THEY NEED.
>>Reporter: A LOT OF PATIENTS>>Reporter: A LOT OF PATIENTS
MAY NOT REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE A MAY NOT REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE A
WHOLE BIG BRAND-NEW TOWER GOING WHOLE BIG BRAND-NEW TOWER GOING
UP. UP.
IS THE PUBLIC GOING TO NOTICE IS THE PUBLIC GOING TO NOTICE
ANY CHANGE WHEN YOU GUYS OPEN UP ANY CHANGE WHEN YOU GUYS OPEN UP
THAT TOWER? THAT TOWER?
>>OTHER THAN THE BUILDING BEING>>OTHER THAN THE BUILDING BEING
NICE AND PRETTY AND BRAND NEW, NICE AND PRETTY AND BRAND NEW,
THEY SHOULD NOT NOTICE A CHANGE THEY SHOULD NOT NOTICE A CHANGE
AT ALL FROM LIFE FLIGHT. AT ALL FROM LIFE FLIGHT.
THE SECOND THAT THE PELLI PAD THE SECOND THAT THE PELLI PAD
GOES LIVE, WE’LL START LANDING GOES LIVE, WE’LL START LANDING
THERE AND TAKING CARE OF

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