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. 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:

  • Melissa Kiger-Bell, RN, BSN, CFRN

Assistant Nurse Managers:

  • Amy Gehrke, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN
  • Carrie Comer, RN, BSN, CFRN

Interim Neonatal/Pediatric Assistant Nurse Manager

  • Kate Shelangoski, RN, BSN, C-NPT

AirCare 1 - Iowa City

  • ​Karla Dillard, RN, CFRN
  • Patrick Doser, RN, BSN, CFRN, CPEN, CEN
  • Stephen Schultz, RN, BSN, CFRN, PM
  • Abby White, RN, BSN, CEN, CRFN

Flight Paramedics:

  • Dean Jensen, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C
  • Matt Fults, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C
  • Greg Martin PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C
  • Zack Berger, PM, NRP, CC-P

Neonatal/Pediatric Flight Nurses:

  • Jodi Ellerman, RN, CPEN, C-NPT
  • Kate Schwenker, RN, BSN, CCRN-NIC, C-NPT
  • Sheila Schmidt, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC
  • Crystal Danger, RN, BSN, C-NPT
  • Heather Wade, RN-NPS, BSN, C-NPT
  • Ali Tesensky RN, MSN, CCRN

Lead Pilot

  • Ted Schuster


  • Eugene Harvey
  • Tim Whaylen
  • Roy Miller

Lead Mechanic:

  • Kevin Carey

Float Mechanic:

  • Nathan Heyerhoff

AirCare 2 - Waterloo

Flight Nurses:

  • Ron Schlatter, RN, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, TCRN
  • Jessica Van Dyke, RN, BSN, BA, CEN
  • Lisa Smith, RN, CEN
  • Sara Hutchens, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN, CTRN
  • Brianna Feckers RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, CTRN
  • Jan Rosenberg, RN, BSN

Flight Paramedics:

  • Mark Mahler, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C
  • Chris Rew PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C
  • Chris Shirer, RN, PM, NRP, FP-C
  • Tanner Wolken, PM, NRP

Lead Pilot:

  • Chris Doyle


  • Terry Timp
  • Scott Millman
  • John Vorrath


  • Jack Siemers

AirCare 3 - Dubuque

Flight Nurses:

  • Dennis Bradley, RN, CEN
  • Samantha Brumbaugh, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN
  • Jason Garvey, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN
  • Abe Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN
  • Bradley Soat, RN, CFRN, PM, CC-P, FP-C

Flight Paramedics:

  • Molly Heim, NRP, PM, CC-P, FP-C
  • Troy Wyatt, PM, NRP, CC-P, FP-C
  • Patrick Monckton, PM, NRP, CCP, FP-C
  • David Bond, PM, NRP, FP-C

Lead Pilot:

  • Paul Horstman


  • Donovan Moser
  • Bryan Sills
  • Bryan Eggers


Neo Peds Respiratory Care Transport Staff:

  • Brittany Brokaw, RRT-NPS
  • Brittni Kisting, RRT-NPS
  • Katie Dyson, RRT-NPS
  • Eric Endahl, RRT-NPS
  • Kelly Mabeus, RRT-NPS
  • Brandi Stock, RRT-NPS
  • Aryn Robison, RRT-NPS
  • Danica Whan RRT-NPS
  • Shelly Robertson, 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.