University of Iowa AirCare

University of Iowa AirCare


Scene flight May 6th, with Keokuk County Ambulance South English Volunteer QRS North Keokuk County Fire Department in Webster, IA
Thank you University of Iowa AirCare for flying in tonight for landing zone and aircraft safety training!
Today's windy weather was perfect for today's Kites for Kids Festival - North Liberty, held as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month in collaboration with Johnson County Social Services, Community Partnership for Protecting Children and Prevent Child Abuse - Johnson County.

Children and parents flew dozens of kites, experienced a visit from University of Iowa AirCare, and enjoyed hot chocolate, tea, and cookies while learning about and from local service agencies.

This event is part of the City Slate of free events. Learn more about this and more free events in North Liberty at
Today I'm reminded of how lucky the citizens are of Iowa County and the dedication of our Public Safety. Many of whom are volunteers. Even though the outcome wasn't what we all wanted, the effort put forth by all was incredible. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU.

Iowa County Iowa Sheriff's Office, Marengo, Iowa Williamsburg Fire Department Williamsburg QRS University of Iowa AirCare Kinze QRS. Iowa County EMS Rescue 48
Just over 26 months ago I shared the importance of our EMS services here in Bremer County, and beyond. The lack of public funding in recent years would eventually lead to the demise of many rural services, if not addressed soon. This would include many services in our vicinity that we rely on for mutual aid.

The future of rural EMS in now visible on the horizon here in Bremer County and will be addressed next year. Thankfully, next year is less than 48 hours away.

On January 3rd, the Bremer County Supervisors will waste no time and have placed the third public hearing of the matter on the agenda. Paired with the hearing is a vote on a resolution to declare EMS as an essential service in Bremer County.

This first step opens opportunities toward funding such services in the future.

You can view Monday’s entire agenda here:,%202022.pdf

Bremer County Emergency Management
KWAY Waverly
Waverly Newspapers
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Waverly Health Center
University of Iowa AirCare
Then what to our wondering eyes did appear… but Santa and the gang spreading good cheer! A fun surprise from the big guy and friends himself! While on their journey through the hospital, University of Iowa AirCare also stopped by to deliver holiday goodies for staff!
People helping people.

A special thank you to University of Iowa AirCare for assisting Iowa County’s agencies today.

Williamsburg First Responders
Williamsburg Police Department
Iowa County EMS
Iowa County Iowa Sheriff's Office, Marengo, Iowa
Iowa County Iowa Emergency Management
Thanks for coming down to the plant for our Safety Days last week! Everyone was impressed by the knowledge and care that the crew had for all of the questions!
We look forward to this day each year!!

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day for Delaware County 7th Graders was held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 5th with over 250 students, teachers, adult volunteers and presenters in attendance.

All 7th grade students from Edgewood Colesburg CSD Maquoketa Valley Community School District and West Delaware attended.

At this year’s Safety Day, students rotated through 7 safety stations....
PTO and Grain Safety was instructed by Lon Warnecke with River Valley Cooperative
Lawn and Yard Equipment Safety was instructed by JJ Davis from the City of Manchester, Iowa
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative presented on electrical safety.
Jon Stickney with the Iowa State Patrol taught the students about bus safety.
The Delaware County Firefighters Association led the fire safety station Delaware Co IA _ Emergency Management
Chemical look alike was instructed by Dani Boone, pharmacist at Brehme Drug.
And University of Iowa AirCare Air Ambulance visited with the Farm Safety attendees and discussed air care’s role in emergency services and first responders.

The event is made possible each year through the generous support of our county’s commodity groups and many local businesses and partners. We appreciate the continued support of Farm Safety programming in Delaware County.
Thanks to University of Iowa AirCare for assisting us with a crash this week. It takes a team, working together, to guarantee the best care for everyone involved.
Perhaps you noticed Wilton Fire Department and Wilton Police Department hosted a special guest tonight. One of the University of Iowa AirCare crews came by for a bit of show and tell, and educated some of our firefighters and EMS personnel on how we can request their services, best utilize their skills, and assist them on-scene. We truly appreciate this unique opportunity to coordinate with other healthcare agencies to best serve our community.
We are very fortunate to work with some AWESOME doctors at UW Health University Hospital, UW Med Flight, Grant Regional Health Center, Southwest Health, UnityPoint Health - Dubuque, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center, and University of Iowa AirCare, and many more!

UI AirCare was the first hospital based program in the state of Iowa, and the 11th helicopter progr

Our Vision

To actively partner with referring colleagues and serve as the air and mobile critical care provider of choice by providing innovative care, excellent service, and exceptional outcomes for all patients regardless of their age, injury/illness, or ability to pay.

Operating as usual

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 12/07/2022

Recent AirCare 3 scene flight near Dickeyville, Wisconsin.
AirCare 3 in spare aircraft N329AM
Photos courtesy of BJ Baker


Always great to partner with area EMS agencies. Thank you for your service.

4 of our 6 Volunteer Members dropped what they were doing tonight and responded to a single Motorcycle Accident. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not drive distracted. We love what we do and helping those in need. Shout out to


Today as we celebrate Veterans nationwide, we send out a special thank you to all of our Veterans at AirCare.

Freedom is not free and we are eternally grateful for your sacrifice.

Happy Veterans Day!


Visit us at the AirCare booth at IEMSA this week in Des Moines! Handouts, Plinko, and prizes. Stop by and say hi.
Photo Credit: Amy Gehrke


Beautiful sunrise in Iowa City this morning
Photo courtesy of Jim Pepper

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 10/25/2022

Recently the AirCare 2 team had the opportunity to meet one of their patients at a ground safety class in Toledo, Iowa.
Aiden is the young man pictured with his family. He was transported from the accident scene in Tama County to the University of Iowa by AirCare 2 after having an ATV accident and suffering a head injury. We are happy to report that Aiden has made a full recovery.
Also pictured are the first responders and paramedics who provided initial care to Aiden and were instrumental in his successful recovery.
Written permission received from Aiden’s family to publish his story.

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 10/18/2022

AirCare 2 at Waterloo Fire open house


AirCare 1 (in our spare helicopter N329AM) recent scene flight.

Today was a true testament to hard work and dedication by our rural police, fire, and EMS agencies which lead to a successful outcome in a challenging and dynamic situation! Thank you to everyone who responded to assist the Wilton Fire Department this afternoon.

We would also like to thank the local individuals who provided assistance on scene and the witnesses that stopped to provide important information. You guys rock!

Responding agencies included vvv

Iowa State Patrol

Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement

Cedar County Sheriff’s Office

Durant Fire Department

University of Iowa AirCare

Wilton Fire and Ambulance


Thank you for inviting us!

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 09/24/2022

AirCare 2 PR events
Prairie Lakes Fall Festival
Evansdale Days
Photos courtesy of Krystal Tucker and Ron Schlatter

Photos from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics's post 09/12/2022

Photos from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics's post

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 09/11/2022

Recent AirCare 2 scene flight.
Photos courtesy of Trooper Eric Payne, ISP

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 09/08/2022

The University of Iowa AirCare teams came together today for our annual safety education day.
Safety day provides our teams with valuable education and emphasizes our commitment to patient care and safety in the transport environment.

Special thanks to our speakers:

Mike McElmeel NRP, CCP Iowa County EMS
Andy White FF1, FF2, NRP Hazmat specialist at Bayer
Jeremy Hudson MA, BCC University of Iowa
Trooper Eric Payne ISP Scene reconstruction specialist
Dr. Sven Steen AirCare Medical Director
Amy Gehrke BSN Assistant Nurse Manager AC2
Dean Jensen NRP, CCP, FP-C AC 1
Jeff Lindberg EMT, Supervisor and Lead MCCU driver, CARE Ambulance.
Katie Dyson RRT NPS UIHC
Shelly Robertson RRT NPS UIHC
Ted Schuster AC 1 pilot
Terry Timp AC 2 pilot

We also want to thank the AirCare 1 Safety Committee for their hard work in organizing this educational event.

Photos from University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital's post 09/06/2022

Always ready to provide the best care 💛🖤💛🖤💛

Photos from Hardin County IA Sheriff's post 08/27/2022


Beautiful picture of AirCare 2
Photo courtesy of Bruce Earnest-MercyOne Ambulance

Photos from Fairfax Fire Department's post 08/10/2022

Thanks for having us!

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 08/08/2022

AirCare 2 at Tate’s Army annual golf outing. Tate’s army aims to educate, support and advocate for lawn mower and machinery safety, awareness and injury prevention.
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Beautiful sunset over Regional Medical Center in Manchester, IA. Pictured is N798AC, AirCare 2, based at the Waterloo Regional Airport.
Photo courtesy of Tucker Anderson.


We would like to wish Dr. James Hart farewell and best of luck as he has completed his EMS fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hart worked hard providing education and leadership this past year to AirCare and local EMS agencies, as well as our own emergency department at UIHC.
The EMS fellowship prepares highly qualified and motivated academic emergency physicians for medical oversight and leadership in pre-hospital and out-of hospital emergency care systems with advanced competencies in EMS, administration and clinical care.
The University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) EMS fellowship is directed by Dr. Azeem Ahmed, and the University of Iowa is the only hospital in the state to offer this advanced educational opportunity.

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 06/14/2022

Please join me in congratulating Karla Dillard on her 3,000th patient flight.

Karla joins a very small group of AirCare flight nurses and flight paramedics to mark this rare accomplishment.

Karla started with AirCare in 1993 and joins Mike Dillard, Jeff Lipcamon, Pat Doser, Steve Fuller, and Mark Mahler as members of the 3,000 flight club.

Congratulations, Karla! What a great accomplishment.

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 06/01/2022

Please join us in wishing AirCare 2 a happy 34th anniversary!
AirCare 2 is based in Waterloo and has been serving eastern and central Iowa as well as southern Minnesota since June 1988.
Their current aircraft is the EC130T2 model, N798AC.

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 05/20/2022

Happy EMS week to all of our colleagues who give selflessly whenever you are called upon. It is our distinct pleasure to partner with you in every situation. EMS is a small community that makes a profound impact on the citizens you serve. Hats off to you all.

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 04/01/2022

In the spirit of anniversary celebrations, please help us with AirCare 1 a happy 43rd anniversary.

AirCare 1 became the first hospital based helicopter EMS program in the state on April 1st, 1979.

Today, based at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, AirCare 1 has a multifaceted team that is responsible for providing the highest quality of care to our patients. Thank you to all of our administrators, flight nurses, flight paramedics, neonatal/pediatric transport nurses, respiratory therapists, drivers, pilots, and mechanics for you do to make the AirCare 1 program a success.

Happy Anniversary!


Today marks the sixth anniversary for our AirCare 3 program based at the Dubuque Regional Airport. We have a fantastic team of flight nurses, flight paramedics, pilots, and mechanics serving northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin. Please help us in wishing them a happy anniversary. We look forward to watching them grow for years to come!

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 03/21/2022

Mr. Doug York served as a previous program director of AirCare. Before that, Doug paved the way for paramedics in Iowa as a prehospital medical provider. Doug went on to educate EMS students in a way that only Doug could. Doug’s leadership in the University of Iowa’s EMSLRC was cutting edge, and with his staff they were able to educate and train thousands of EMT’s, paramedics, nurses, and physicians in Iowa and around the world.

After retiring from the EMSLRC Doug served with the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Professions where he visited countless programs to ensure compliance with educational standards. In that role Doug also visited numerous programs throughout the country offering his expertise in educating prehospital professionals.

Doug’s health has recently declined and this post is a tribute to his impact as a man and educator.

The EMS profession and the providers of prehospital medicine are better because of Doug’s vision and dedication to education. Thank you Doug.

Photos from Washington County Ambulance Service's post 02/27/2022

It’s always great to partner with EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies.

Photos from University of Iowa AirCare's post 01/13/2022

The first picture posted is AirCare 1. Why is it special? Because AirCare was on a flight today, just like many days, to transport a critically ill baby.
We would like to recognize our neonatal/pediatric team. Established in the 1970’s, AirCare has provided air and ground ambulance services to transport the tiniest and most critically ill infants and children to the state of Iowa’s only Level 4 NICU and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital PICU.
AirCare is the only EMS helicopter service in eastern Iowa with a fully dedicated team of nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists, with specialized training for neonatal and pediatric transport, available 24/7/365 by ground ambulance or helicopter.
Here are a few pictures of the history of our neo/peds team. You can see the advancements made over the years in technology.

Our current neonatal/pediatrics nurses are:
Michele Minnich, Nurse Manager
Kate Schwenker
Sheila Schmidt
Jodi Ellerman
Kate Shelangoski
Crystal Danger
Heather Wade

Respiratory therapists:
Eric Endahl, Supervisor
Katie Dyson
Brittni Davison
Brittany Brokaw
Shelly Robertson
Brandi Stock
Kelly Mabeus
Aryn Robison
Kelley Briggs

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