RENO – The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) and Care Flight announce the promotion of Shannon Petty, RN, CRFN, to the position of Care Flight’s base supervisor for the ground critical care transport and the fixed-wing base in Reno.
Care Flight, a program of REMSA, is a regional helicopter, airplane and ground critical care transport service. Care Flight helicopters provide coverage to more than 54,000 square miles of northern Nevada and northeastern California and its airplane transports critical patients across the 11-state western region. Care Flight’s fleet includes four AStar 350 B3 helicopters, a Pilatus PC-12/45 single-engine airplane, and a ground Critical Care Transport ambulance. It is the only critical care emergency service in the region with all three aspects of care.
Petty will oversee day-to-day base operations which, between the fixed-wing program and the Critical Care Transport, can total approximately 55 transports per month. In addition, she will act as one of the supervisors-on-call for Care Flight which provides oversight across the entire regional program.
“Shannon has more than 15 years of critical care nursing experience,” said Ron Walter, executive director of Care Flight. “She is dedicated, detail-oriented and will be a great asset to Care Flight’s management team.”
Petty has worked as a critical care nurse at various Reno hospitals and joined Care Flight in 2011. Petty graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing.
About Care Flight
Care Flight is a non-profit, non-subsidized, self-supporting organization and is a service of REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority). Care Flight is a pioneer in the air ambulance business. What began as a shared program between area hospitals to provide reliable, critical care services across rural Nevada has grown into a comprehensive, 24/7 transport service with skilled pilots, experienced medical professionals and state-of- the-art technology. Over the last 36 years, Care Flight has grown to include a fleet consisting of four AStar 350 B3 helicopters, a Pilatus PC-12/45 single engine airplane, and a ground Critical Care Transport ambulance. Care Flight aviation and medical professionals now respond to more than 1,500 transport calls per year. Care Flight has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Services (CAMTS) since 2002 and is an active member of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). Care Flight’s rotor wing services are in partnership with Air Methods and its fixed wing services are in partnership with REACH. For more information visit https://www.remsahealth.com/air/.
REMSA is a high-performance, private, locally-governed, non-profit healthcare organization and emergency medical services agency serving northern Nevada since 1986. Through an exclusive franchise agreement, REMSA provides Washoe County’s 420,000 residents with 24/7 ALS and ILS ground ambulance services. REMSA also encompasses Care Flight, a regional helicopter, airplane and ground critical care transport service; Care Flight also operates Care Flight Ground in Plumas County. REMSA offers a Nevada-licensed, post-secondary educational institution, a state-of-the-art, fully accredited 9-1-1 dispatch communications center, a Tactical Emergency Medical Support team and special events EMS teams. REMSA and Care Flight are Always Ready.