TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Northeastern State University students were confused when they gathered outside on Friday morning.
The students had no idea they were awaiting a special visit from the Muskogee Air Evan Lifeteam helicopter.
Air Evac Lifeteam provides emergency air medical transportation services and operates more than 150 helicopter air ambulances based across 18 states. Lifeteam 83 is based in Muskogee.
Those attending the surprise were NSU physician assistant studies students.
The university says they are currently planning to graduate its first cohort of physician assistants next month and many of these future medical professionals will be practicing where helicopter services like Air Evac Lifeteam are critical to delivering patients' lifesaving care.
“The main thing that's important for this cohort of PA students is that they are very likely going to be working in a rural setting,” NSU Physician Assistant Studies Program Director Mark Perdue said. “Students recognizing the capabilities of the air evac unit is going to be crucial to fill in their understanding of how the emergency medical system works.”
At the visit, students had the opportunity to explore the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter and learn about emergency lifesaving measures from a flight team.
Program Director of Lifeteam 83 Mark Forrest says he enjoys facilitating visits like these in the community to help provide a better understanding of Air Evac Lifeteam's mission and how it operates.
“It’s more than just a ride to the hospital,” Forrest said. “These flight teams are highly trained with multiple years of experience and take great pride in providing excellent patient care to the citizens of Muskogee and surrounding counties.”
More information about Air Evac can be found at lifeteam.net.
To learn more about NSU's physician assistant studies program, click here.