Claremore Daily Progress

August 28, 2013

Air Evac nurse recognized as regional Flight Nurse of the Year

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter


A Claremore Air Evac nurse has been honored as Flight Nurse of the Year for region 4.
Ben Edwards, a member of Air Evac Team 29 out of Claremore, received the recognition for helping create a base of accountability and excellence as a crew member. He serves communities in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. As a base clinical lead nurse, Edwards is responsible for all clinical aspects of the critical care flight crews. 
“Ben has taken our education training to the next level,” said Program Director Greg Poirier. “We work very closely with hiring new candidates and training our new team members to become great flight crew members. Ben is an invaluable resource for our team and their continued critical care education .”
Edwards is a former Marine and has gained helicopter experience as a crew chief on board a CH-46. After serving in the military, he decided to pursue a career in flight nursing.
“Air Evac was the perfect fit for Edwards and we are privileged to have him as part of our team.” said Poirier.
In September, Edwards will travel to the Air Evac headquarters in O’ Fallon, Mo. to receive the regional award and possibly the company-wide Flight Nurse of the Year award.
Air Evac is the largest privately-owned and operated medical helicopter transportation company in the U.S. and includes bases across the Midwest.