Christopher Shrader talks about Flight Nurse and Medical Crew Lead, Jeff Myers, from our Bozeman, MT base..

What do you appreciate most about Jeff?

I appreciate Jeff’s exemplary leadership and communication skill sets. He has recently taken on the role of Medical Crew Lead, and to date has displayed a level of dedication to the role that is impressive. From weekly base level communications to his ability to manage and see projects through, he is really doing a great job.

How does Jeff give back to his colleagues at REACH?

Jeff consistently has his peers at the forefront of his mind. From leading the charge for continued greatness in Montana to making sure the staff is getting the right support to do the best job possible.

We sit down with Jeff.

How long have you been working for REACH?

I’ve been with REACH just a few months now. Prior to the transition, I had been working with Summit Air Ambulance since January of 2012. I am the last flight nurse from the original crew.

How would you summarize your current job?

I herd cats, or, at least, that’s what is seems like lately. It has been a wild few months with the base transition and then preparing for CAMTS.

In reality, I am a member of the flight crew and the Medical Crew Lead for my base. In addition to filling the traditional crewmember role, I help oversee base training, assist the Program Manager with base certification paperwork, and just help keep things lined up for everyone.

What do you appreciate most about what you do?

I would have to say that my greatest satisfaction comes from conversations with my colleagues. When the crew returns from a transport and it’s obvious from their description of the call that they were at their best and went into the situation well prepared, it gives me a good feeling. It’s nice to know that any issues that we are facing are unique to the transport and not related to a lack of preparation or training.

What do you appreciate most about your co-workers?

The people I work with are always willing to jump in to do what it takes to get the job done. It doesn’t matter if it is something at the base, something related to scheduling, or even helping with outreach and promotion, everyone is willing to stick their hand up and say ‘yep, I’ll do that.’

On the hard days at work, what keeps you going?

In a nutshell, it’s knowing that when someone is having their worst day, we can help out and make things a little bit better for them.

In your opinion, what can others learn from giving back?

I think the cool thing about giving back is that somehow doing for others always seems to rebound and help the giver later on. It is some little karma-type effect, call it what you want, but it always comes back to you in a different way.

What would you say has been the most rewarding experience of your career with REACH?

Since we are new to the company as a whole, I’d have to say coming into a fully developed support structure. Before, when we were part of Summit, we were trying to grow our infrastructure from the ground up, and coming into a company that has that in place and does it really well, is really rewarding.

Who is in your family?

My wife Darla and our two four-legged children (our dogs), Deasil & Allie.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I’d have to say moving to Bozeman to take this job four years ago. I had been looking around for a flight nursing position that involved helicopters because it was my dream to work in a helicopter before I retired. So in the span of about three weeks I had a final interview with Summit, accepted the job, turned in my resignations in Anchorage, and 22 days later I was on a plane bound for Montana. My wife stayed behind for six more months and got the rare pleasure of packing up all of our belongings, selling our house, and living through one of Anchorage’s snowiest winters on record. She still teases me about it occasionally.