HALO-Flight, Inc.

A Nonprofit Air Ambulance Service

Corpus Christi, TX   |  https://www.haloflight.org

Mission

HALO-Flight's mission is to provide emergency medical transport for critically ill or injured persons requiring medical or trauma facilities within our south Texas service area. Emergency assistance is provided to all persons regardless of their ability to pay.

Ruling year info

1988

President and CEO

Mr Tom Klassen

Main address

1843 FM 665 Road (Old Brownsville Road)

Corpus Christi, TX 78415 USA

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EIN

75-2235660

NTEE code info

Ambulance/Emergency Transport (E62)

Blood Supply Related (E61)

Public Safety Benevolent Associations (M60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HALO-Flight, Inc. is a non-profit public charity organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) that provides air ambulance services within a 28,000 square mile (26 county) service area in South Texas. We provide cost-effective air medical services and critical care to trauma patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Critical Care Transport

There is no substitute for a critical care experienced registered nurse that has worked in a busy ER and/or ICU. The Flight Paramedics gain their experience in the wild world of 911 responses.
HALO-Flight’s paramedics have an average of 13 years’ experience and bring that ‘street knowledge’ to the helicopter to match with the hospital experience of the critical care nurse. This creates an unbeatable team! Working in conjunction with over 30 providers in our region from the community hospital to the definitive care facilities to the first responders on the front lines; HALO-Flight is yet another tool in their toolbox to provide excellent patient care for the people of South Texas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

These services including continuing education (CE), training for regional EMS Providers, and the HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy in partnership with Coastal Bend College.
The HALO-Flight Education Team also provides assistance with obtaining specific educational and training needs, and is focused on acute and critical care for pre-hospital crews of all levels. Classes offered include 12-Lead ECG, Rapid Sequence Intubation (R.S.I.), Intraosseous IV Access (EZ-IO), Chest Decompression, IV access, and many others. In addition, HALO-Flight offers ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and American Heart Association CPR onsite skills verification for regional EMS providers.

Courses are approved for Continuing Education Hours through the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) are accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

Our medical flight crew members are required to obtain and maintain currency in several advanced medical certifications. In addition to these certifications, medical flight crew members attend various medical conferences throughout the year that include the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the Texas EMS Conference, and the Critical Care Medical Transport Conference (CCTMC).

Life Support Course:
American Heart Association- Basic Life Support (BLS)
American Heart Association- Advanced Life Support (ACLS)

Pediatric Course:
American Heart Association- Pediatric Advanced LifeSupport (PALS)
Emergency Nurses Association- Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)
American Association of Pediatrics- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

Trauma Course:
American College of Surgeons- Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
American College of Emergency Physicians- International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
Emergency Nurses Association- Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Nationally Recognized Critical Care Certification for Registered

Nurses:
Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN)
Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN)
Nationally Recognized Critical Care Certification for

Paramedics:
Flight Paramedic Certified (FP-C)
Critical Care Paramedic- Certified (CCP-C)

In addition to these certifications, medical flight crew members attend various medical conferences throughout the year that include the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the Texas EMS Conference, and the Critical Care Medical Transport Conference (CCTMC). They also attend many continuing education courses throughout the year to remain proficient with current training, education and trends in critical care medicine.

Local emergency physicians, nursing educators, pediatric healthcare providers, respiratory therapists and other educators that are experts in their fields, teach these courses. Annually, every medical flight crewmember is tested and verified on their proficiency in performing numerous advanced procedures. Some of these procedures include Surgical Cricothyroidotomy, Needle Cricothyroidotomy, Drug assisted orotracheal Intubation, Ventilator management, Intraosseous Line Placement, Intranasal Medication administration, Gastric tubes, Escharotomy, Arterial/ Venous clamping, Needle Chest Decompression, and Pericardiocentesis.


Pilots:

Exceed the minimum standards with most pilots having over 20 years of aviation experience.

Minimum Standards:
2500 hours flight experience
1500 hours Pilot In Command helicopters
1000 hours turbine time
100 hours unaided night
100 hours Night Vision Goggles
Instrument or Airline Transport rated

All pilots:
Are ex-military or have previous EMS experience
Are trained annually at Bell Helicopters Training Academy
Have 2 FAA qualification checks per year

Communication:

HALO-Flight Communication Specialists

NAACS (National Association of Air Communications Specialists) Certified Flight Coordinators
EMT-B or higher (Emergency Medical Technicians)
Prior 911 Dispatch, EMS, or Fire experience
Prof in Public Safety Radio Bands
Minimum of 3 years experience in Telecommunications Field


Maintenance:


Each Maintenance Team member is certified in the following areas through the the Federal Aviation Administration: Airframe, Powerplant, and Inspector Authorization. They also go through an extensive 80 hours minimum of Factory Training from Bell Helicopters, Rolls Royce, and Pratt-Whitney. All courses taken are taught by highly professional instructors. Each individual mechanic has over 10 years experience in the aviation field, ranging from General Aviation, Military, Oil & Gas, Law Enforcement and EMS.

We have also partnered with Del Mar Aviation Department to employ a paid intern for hands-on training and field experience.

Our number one priority in the Maintenance Department is providing quality aircraft for the crews to transport critical patients to a higher level of care and return home to their families. We take pride in everything we do at HALO-Flight.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

EMT Certification Course

HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy has provided instruction for students interested in first responder careers since 2012. Courses provide students with the necessary skills and practicum opportunities in advance of State testing.

Course consists of classroom, lab, and hospital/EMS clinicals. Prerequisite for entry is a high school diploma or GED and a minimum age of 18 by the end of the course. A criminal background check will be required of all students. A current American Heart Association BLS (CPR/AED) Provider is required prior to clinical internship. Students provide current immunization records (including Hepatitis B series, Tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measles, rubella and varicella. A negative result from a tuberculosis skin test is required no more recent than six months.

Advanced EMT Certification Course

HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy also offers Advanced EMT courses.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

When an accident or other critical injury or illness threatens life or limb, there is no substitute for quickly mobilized, highly skilled pre-hospital personnel working together to ensure patients receive the care they need.

HALO-Flight’s specially trained critical care paramedics and critical care nurses bring intensive care skills and equipment directly to the patient, 50% of the time responding directly to the scene of incidents and accidents.

Whether we are landing at unprotected landing zones on highways, fields, or clearings in the south Texas brush, safety is always at the forefront of our minds. HALO-Flight has developed resources and training programs to assist EMS, public safety agencies, private industries, ranches, and hospitals in establishing safe landing zones. In addition to the information you can obtain from this section, we are always ready to visit your EMS agency, Fire Department or ranch to provide hands-on training.

Landing Zone Safety Training Options:
• Accessing HALO-Flight
• Communications
• Landing site appraisal
• Landing Zone safety
• Aircraft Anatomy
• Patient Loading of the aircraft
• Safe Operations around the aircraft

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Numbered of staff who are satisfied to be an employee of the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Professional Standards

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Critical Care Transport

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Critical Care Transport

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Professional Standards

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families

Related Program

Critical Care Transport

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Related Program

Outreach Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Related Program

Outreach Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Outreach Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donor-advised funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Related Program

EMS Training Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 down due to COVID-19.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Emergency responders

Related Program

Outreach Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 down due to COVID-19.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Emergency responders

Related Program

Outreach Education

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 down due to COVID-19.

Number of critical care patients receiving prehospital blood and whole blood products onboard aircraft?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Critical Care Transport

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Prehospital Blood on Board Program did not exist until 2019.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Critical Care Transport

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Critical Care Transport

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to continually advance the coordinated delivery of air medical services guided by a paramount respect for the individual needs of our patients thereby improving the health of our regional community. We are aiming to accomplish flight coverage as a self-sustaining organization able to provide flights to any family that may need the flight. By growing we will be able to provide medical transportations at little to no cost to the patient and/or family.

HALO-Flight is a member of The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), Helicopter Alliance International (HAI), Texas Association of Air Medical Services (TAAMS), Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA), International Association of Medical Transport Communication Specialists (IAMTCS), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).

To organize this goal it is our hope that HALO-Flight is able to touch multiple lives throughout our regional service area and gain supporters to ensure all strategies are mission-centered.

We accomplish this by:
• Being compassionate to those we serve;
• Stewarding our resources wisely and with transparency;
• Holding ourselves to the highest standards of critical care;
• Maintaining a steadfast commitment to our moral and ethical compass;
• Working hand-in-hand with other likeminded charities; and
• Outreach, education and raising awareness in everything we do every day.

Strategies Include:
• Strategic Medical Collaborations
• Outreach and Education to First Responders
• Fundraising Efforts
• Corporate Partnerships
• Major Gifts and Bequests
• Publicizing the Organization
• Healthcare / Aviation Presence

HALO-Flight’s capabilities in doing this are steeped in a culture of safety—boasting a zero-accident record since its founding over three decades ago—and its strategic plan toward increased capacity and organizational growth.

So far we have accomplished increased awareness of the organization through community engagement and outreach, business development strategies, and stewarding existing and potential donors in developing a strong fundraising strategy.

What's Next: a state-of-the-art regional human simulation lab and education facility for all of South Texas and beyond!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HALO-Flight, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Larry Webb

Flint Hills Resources, Health & Safety Manager

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr Gary Jones

Consultant, Banking Consultant (Risk Management), Oil and Gas Property Management (Trust, Estate and Charities) and Part 135 Helicopter Pilot

Term: 2016 - 2020

Darrell Nordeen

Celanese Corporation, Site Director/V.P. of Operations (Retired)

Gary Jones

Consultant, Banking Consultant (Risk Management), Oil and Gas Property Management (Trust, Estate and Charities) and Part 135 Helicopter Pilot

Jay Koska MD, PhD

UTMB, Pediatric Anesthesiologist

David Ainsworth, SR

Ainsworth Trucking, President

Bill Colston, JR

Riviera Telephone Company, Inc., President and General Manager

Jose Pereida

Congressman Filemon Vela, District Director

Richard Schmidt, JD

United States Bankruptcy Court, Judge (Retired)

Michael Simmons, MD

CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial-ER, Attending Physician

Benna Timperlake

Philanthropist

Larry Webb

Flint Hills Resources, Health & Safety Manager

Connie Womack

Coldwell Banker Homestead Properties, Inc., Realtor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/18/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.