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LifeLine Shares Best Practices With Medical Air Programs Across Country

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Four Clarian LifeLine Base Supervisors' trip to Oglebay Resort last month was a demanding Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) training designed to enhance their ability to make medical decisions, assume leadership responsibility, and network with industry leaders.

MTLI training is a two-year training designed specifically for supervisors in medical transport programs. Participants are required to take a rigorous exam before advancing to the second year of the program. Students who successfully complete both years of the program earn their Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) certification, which is currently held by only 500 people worldwide.

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LifeLine Base Supervisors William Summerfield from Kokomo, Jon Miller from Terre Haute, Dave Ebert from Columbus, and Raina Smith, leader of the Pediatric/Neonatal Specialty Teams, each attended MTLI. "The experience provided us with a well-rounded view of the air medical transport industry," Smith said. "It took us all outside our standard responsibilities. It also allowed us to network with other air medical programs to share the best and most efficient practices."

Steve Johnson, CMTE-certified LifeLine Critical Care Transport Program Director, was one of 13 worldwide faculty members, teaching MTLI courses on how business contracts and information technology relate to the transport industry.

"The training gives supervisors a better understanding of developing efficiency and quality. It helps the greater community because we are able to bring back and implement these initiatives to be preeminent in our patient care and program operations," Johnson said.

LifeLine was the first hospital-based helicopter program in Indiana and serves the entire state and parts of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois. LifeLine has been serving the citizens of Indiana and beyond for nearly 28 years and is among the safest programs in the nation. Riley Hospital for Children is Indiana's only comprehensive children's hospital, providing emergency and trauma service and access to all specialists for all needs. LifeLine's ambulances are equipped to provide critical care as well as comprehensive emergency care to a wide range of patients. LifeLine has four helicopters based across Indiana in Indianapolis, Kokomo, Columbus and Terre Haute and has access to a fleet of seven ambulances that cover the state.