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Joey Loehner fell in love with medical field while looking for a job that sounded fun

January 29, 2022 0 Comments
It was not predestined. It was not even a dream. In fact, it was just the desire to do a fun job, and suddenly, Joey Loehner fell in love with the medical field. Since the beginning of this love affair, he has been an EMT, then a Paramedic, and finally a Registered Nurse. Above all, he has decided to meld his background in the medical field with his fascination for helicopters to become a Flight Paramedic/Nurse. He has come down in Haiti to volunteer with HAA as part of the volunteering program. Haiti Air Ambulance: Can you introduce yourself with all the possible details? Joey Loehner: Hey there! My name is Joey Loehner, and I live in Reno, NV. I am a Flight Paramedic/RN, and primarily work in New Mexico. I have been working flight for 6.5 years and have been in EMS for 11 years. HAA: What can explain the choice you have made for medical field, the beginning and how do you feel so far being a flight paramedic/nurse? J. L.: I ended up in medicine by accident. I was looking for a job that sounded fun, and that led me to becoming an EMT. I ended up falling in love with medicine and found that I wasn’t too terrible at it! This led me to becoming a Paramedic, and later a Registered Nurse. From the time I was very young, I remember being fascinated with helicopters. Shortly after becoming a Paramedic, I realized that I could meld two things that I was interested in. I started preparing myself for a future in Flight Medicine almost immediately after Paramedic school, and eventually found myself in the position to take an opportunity to fly. Since then, it has been nothing but moving forward! I truly enjoy this profession and intend to continue down this road for the foreseeable future. HAA: What are your hobbies besides medical stuff? J. L.: I spend most of my spare time riding motorcycles or snowboarding. I am an avid fan of doing anything that takes me outside! HAA: Why Haiti to volunteer? How did that happen? J. L.: I first heard about Haiti Air Ambulance 5 or 6 years ago. I remember thinking that it would be an amazing experience to participate in such a great cause. Life and work happened, and it ended up on the backburner for a few years. About a year ago, I decided that I needed to make getting to Haiti a priority. I am incredibly thankful and happy that I was able to make that happen! HAA: Can you tell us more about your first-time volunteering with HAA? J. L.: My time with HAA was incredible. I have been fortunate enough to travel a decent amount in my short life, and the scenery in Haiti still took my breath away. The staff at HAA are truly phenomenal. I felt welcomed from the minute I arrived and met with Kelly and Emilio to head to the base. I was impressed with the focus and dedication demonstrated from the get-go. The attention to the safety of the staff is incredible. Emilio and Antiouse work so hard to make sure that we stay safe while in Haiti. During my time at the base, I was lucky enough to work with the Haitian staff at HAA. I have to say, every single local staff member that I interacted with was the epitome of professionalism and focus. It is abundantly clear that all the staff at HAA are truly focused on providing a world class service to the Haitian people. All the staff demonstrated medical skill and safety practices that would rival almost any Air Medical program in the United States. It is amazing to see an operation that is funded and operated with the sole purpose of providing lifesaving care to the people of Haiti- free of cost. HAA: Would you want to share a highlight during your flights in Haiti? J. L.: The highlight of my trip was caring for critically ill patients who likely would not have survived without Haiti Air Ambulance. It is impossible not to feel and see that HAA is making a tangible difference in the life span of the Haitian people. It is a service that is desperately needed, and it is needed even more than HAA can keep up with. The requests for service far outnumber the hours of the day, and it will be awesome to see how HAA grows to meet the overwhelming needs of Haiti. HAA: Why would you come for a second time? J. L.: I would absolutely come back to Haiti. The staff at HAA were genuinely fun to be around, and I was able to participate in a mission that exists for one reason- to improve the health of the people of Haiti. I flew with so many incredible Haitian EMTs- Oberto, Roc, Prime, and Benia. Drs. Junior, Mimi, and Dyemy showed me that there are motivated and skilled Physicians who are actively working to improve the conditions in Haiti. The brilliant and creative Comms staff of Patrick, Schamma, Michelet, and more showed me that a genuine desire to help people can be paired with an intimate knowledge of local affairs to find patients the care that they so desperately need. Pilots Adam and Patrick demonstrated exceptional aviation ability, as well as a focused attention to detail. I also want to take a quick second here to give a massive shoutout to Beekeeper Dave! Not only was he my roommate for the duration of the trip, but he also gave N407J a level of care and attention to detail that made me never worry about getting in the aircraft. I have worked with many mechanics over my career, and I honestly do not know if I have worked with someone who has the attention to detail that Dave has. Every single flight, he would be there when we landed. Every single time we would get back in the aircraft for another flight, it would be back to pristine condition due to his hard work. It was incredibly reassuring knowing that I was going to be flying in an aircraft that was treated with such focus and care by Dave. Overall, I cannot say enough good things about what Haiti Air Ambulance is doing. The people and the mission are as pure and as dedicated as one would imagine. I look forward to hopefully returning in the future!! Michelet Joseph

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