Air medical services provider Memorial Hermann Life Flight was recently honored at the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet 2016.
The Houston-area operator was recognized as the EMS/Air Medical Partner of the Year, one of four total awards given at the event.
In its inaugural awards ceremony, SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have exhibited outstanding performance in areas such as trauma care, stroke care, cardiac care, multi-agency teamwork, disaster preparedness and public education. Award recipients were chosen by an 11-member selection committee, which was comprised of SETRAC committee chairs and independent healthcare representatives.
Former patients from the award-winning hospitals were also on hand to share their stories, including Linda Flynt whose family experienced the life-saving benefits of Life Flight and the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute — the city's only location to offer Level I trauma care for both adult and pediatric patients — after their private plane crashed in July 2014.
"Following the crash, my son Jonathon was scared to be in the Life Flight helicopter by himself, but he was comforted knowing that I was able to be in there with him," said Flynt.
SETRAC was founded by the late James H. "Red" Duke, Jr., M.D., legendary trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, and John B. Holmes, professor of Clinical Sciences at UTHealth Medical School.