AirCare's Mission and Vision

Our Mission

AirCare's mission is to provide high level, compassionate emergency and critical care services to referring hospitals, public safety agencies and the community at large by maintaining a highly experienced medical staff, incorporating the latest technology in aviation, medical equipment, pharmacology , and engaging in regular continuing education.  AirCare can rapidly and safely transport high risk and complex patients such as:

  • Trauma patients
  • Patients with critical cardiac or respiratory illness
  • Patients with critical neurological illnesses
  • Critically ill neonate patients
  • Critically ill pediatric patients
  • Patients with a time-sensitive or complex medical condition

Our Vision

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

Patients are transported via the University of Iowa’s Air and Mobile Critical Care Services.  AirCare was the state's first air ambulance and the 11th in the nation. Established in 1979, AirCare operates three 24/7 bases, one located at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, the second located at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and the third located at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque . Total flight volume for the entire program is approximately 800 flights annually, including scene responses and inter-facility transports. In 2014, AirCare became the first air medical service based in Iowa to be CAMTS accredited. The University of Iowa transports critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients using AirCare as well as our MobileCare ground transport vehicles. These special patients are cared for by our Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team.

Medical Director:

Sven Steen, MD, EMT-T

Nurse Manager/Program Manager:

Diane Lamb, RN, BSN, MSN, CMTE, CEN

Assistant Nurse Manager:

Melissa Kiger, RN, BSN, CFRN


AirCare 1 - Iowa City








Flight Nurses:

Julie Davis, RN, BSN, MSN, NPR, CCRN

​Karla Dillard, RN, CFRN

Patrick Doser, RN, BSN, CFRN, CPEN, CEN

Jeff Lipcamon, RN, BSN, CFRN

Stephen Schultz, RN, BSN, CFRN, PM

Abby White, RN, BSN, CEN

Flight Paramedics:

Ty Hobbs, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Greg Martin, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Nick Nedza, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Christian Swangle, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Casey Thompson, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Neonatal/Pediatric Flight Nurses:

Jodi Ellerman, RN

Kirsten Jordan, RN, BSN

Amy Kuster, RN, BSN

Caroline Maliske, RN, BSN

Hanna Molinari, RN, BSN

Kate Schwenker, RN, BSN, CCRN-NIC

Sheila Schmidt, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC

Kate Shelangoski, RN, BSN

Lead Pilot

Tim Whaylen


Marshall Murdock

Brent Peters

Ted Schuster

Lead Mechanic:

John Shive


Kevin Carey


AirCare 2 - Waterloo

Chief Flight Nurse:

Amy Gehrke, RN, BSN, CEN

Flight Nurses:

Krista Dodd, RN, CEN

Jamie Knavel, RN, CFRN

Ron Schlatter, RN, CEN

Jessica Van Dyke, RN, BS, CEN

Lisa Smith, RN, CEN

Flight Paramedics:

Nick Anderson, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Steve Carey, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Steve Fuller, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Mark Mahler, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Lead Pilot:

Chris Doyle


Lucas Reker

Chuck Sharkey

Terry Timp


Jack Siemers


AirCare 3 - Dubuque

Chief Flight Nurse:

Katie Harris, RN, BSN, CEN

Flight Nurses:

Dennis Bradley, RN

Jason Garvey, RN, BSN, CEN

Paige Klocke, RN, BSN

Abram Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN

Tim Noel, RN, BSN, CEN

Flight Paramedics:

Dean Jensen, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Chris Justice, PM, NRP, CC-P

Brad Soat, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Ben Waldera, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Troy Wyatt, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C

Lead Pilot:

Paul Horstman


Austen Clark

Donovan Moser


John Beranek


Fixed Wing


Kenneth Chapline


Brian Lewis

Gary Newcomer

Neo Peds Respirtatory Care Tranport Staff:

Judi Bartels, RRT-NPS

Brittany Brokaw, RRT-NPS

Brittni Davison, RRT-NPS

Kelley Cockrell, RRT-NPS

Katie Dyson, RRN-NPS

Eric Endahl, RRN-NPS

Emily Frazier, RRN-NPS

Ashley Grant, RRT

Ben Kjome, RRT-NPS

Ashley McClain, RRT

Shelly Robertson, RRT-NPS

Brandi Stock, RRT

Breonna Whan, RRN-NPS

Jessica Vogel, RRT-NPS


Commission On Accreditation Transport Systems (CAMTS)

CAMTS is an organization of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services.

The Commission offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality.  [Camts] The Commission believes that the two highest priorities of an air medical or ground inter-facility transport service are patient care and safety of the transport environment.

Originally developed through an extensive public comment process and published in 1991, revised every two to three years, the Accreditation Standards address issues of patient care and safety in fixed and rotary wing services as well as ground inter-facility services providing critical care transports. Each standard is supported by measurable criteria to measure a program's level of quality.

Accreditation Standards are periodically revised to reflect the dynamic, changing environment of medical transport with considerable input from all disciplines of the medical profession and serve as a marker of excellence for federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as private agencies and to the general public.

In order to obtain accreditation, a medical transport service must be in substantial compliance with the Accreditation Standards.