The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) announces the appointment of Deborah Kotrady, RN, as a clinical education nurse for REMSA and Care Flight. In this role, Kotrady is responsible for conducting education and orientation seminars for REMSA and Care Flight’s new nurse education program.
“We are very pleased to welcome Deborah to the REMSA and Care Flight teams,” said Dean Dow, president & CEO, REMSA. “She brings more than 30 years of care experience to our new nurse education program. We’re excited to leverage her expertise in various forms of nursing and education to enhance the skill of our teams.”
Prior to joining REMSA, Kotrady served in a number of critical care roles in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and adult and pediatric emergency at Level I trauma centers. She’s also worked with aeromedical transport programs providing pediatric and adult transportation. Most recently, she worked for Yale New Haven Health Systems in Connecticut as a member of the Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team.
In her past positions, Kotrady has led efforts in education, and development of orientation programs, preceptor programs and protocols. In her new role as clinical education nurse, she will work with the REMSA and Care Flight teams to develop evidence-based education in alignment with national standards for REMSA and Care Flight nurses, paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
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.
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 remsahealth.com/air.