In keeping with our continuing series of discussions on the business of air ambulance service, this month’s article is the third in the series. In the first two presentations, we looked at how Danielle Wilson went from nursing to Registered Flight Nurse, and on to CEO of Aero Jet Medical, working with an exemplary team, including her husband, Ronny Wilson, Jr., COO of the company.
From Star Flight To Fixed Wing Air Ambulance
Featured today is Ronny Wilson, Jr., whose accomplishments make up a lengthy list. In his capacity as COO, he manages all day-to-day logistics, operational activities, and implements customer focused initiatives. He also serves as program administrator for the company’s EMS license to conduct air ambulance and MICU ground ambulance transportation across the country. In addition, he manages quality control for mobile intensive care units and life support operations. Like his wife Danielle, Ronny began his career in patient care. He has 20 years experience as a rescue paramedic having started out with Austin-based Star Flight. He served as Star Flight’s SpecOps District Commander for 14 years. He is currently also COO of United Medevac Services, Aero Jet Medical’s parent company. He has managed health care contracts for the Department of Defense as well. Formerly with FEMA disaster response team Texas Task Force 1, he has trained medical personnel across Texas. Multiple awards in aviation for valor, meritoriousness, and distinguished achievement have been bestowed upon him, including the Darnall Army Medical Center’s Commander Award of Excellence.
“Hello, I’m your Chief Operating Officer. I fixed problems that you never knew existed.”
Air Ambulance Jet Service: Day To Day Operations
As you can see, Ronny has an extensive critical care background. Like his wife, he chose to continue caring for patients in the administration of health care. His favorite statement as COO and the husband to the CEO is, “Hello, I’m your Chief Operating Officer. I fixed problems that you never knew existed.” And wow…does he do just that! Aero Jet Medical is a thriving air ambulance jet service thanks to Ronny Wilson, Jr’s leadership.
The parent company of Aero Jet Medical (AJM) is United Medevac Solutions. It was founded 10 years ago, and has increased net revenues between 15%-35% every year. Ronny states that “the corporate outlook is anticipated to grow 3 times existing revenues in the next 3-7 years.” The driving force for founding AJM was the fact that medicine is the passion of Ronny and wife Danielle. Their backgrounds in emergency medicine inspired them to want to form this company. They feel it is an honor to care for the people they have been able to serve through unexpected illness or injury. Air ambulance jet service allows people in need to get the help they require even in a long distance emergency situation. Cancer treatment and rehabilitation can also be factors initiating physician requests for long distance air medical transportation using jet aircraft.
Patient-Centered Health Care
When asked what gets him the most excited to get up and go to work each day, Ronny answers that it is the “new challenges and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve (our patients, clients, employees, and our partnerships) that make me excited to get up each and every day. It’s a daily grind, but it’s a process that re-centers our individual passions toward patient-centered health care that drives our focus to be successful by being customer-centric. From an operations and compliance perspective, no task is above our executive team and no problem too small to ignore. What is important for Aero Jet Medical and the culture we engender is that we are here to make a difference for you and your family when you need us the most while you are at your most vulnerable. This is where we thrive and it is why we strive to be better than the rest!”
As you can see, Ronny and his wife, Danielle, take their work very seriously. Getting help as quickly as they can to those that need it is of extreme importance to them and the rest of the Aero Jet Medical team.
Next month we will look at some of the obstacles Ronny and the team had in organizing Aero Jet Medical, and recurring hurdles they encounter on a daily basis to perform this extremely important work. Stay tuned…