Meet Jim Weaver (COO at Apollo MedFlight)
Apollo MedFlight provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency medical transport globally. Jim has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years and has worked with leading ground ambulance and air medical transport organizations that have national footprints for most of it.
When asked what he loves about his work he responded, “It’s truly being a part of a healthcare industry that can make a difference in many people’s lives.” He also says he loves that all the people he works with also share this feeling. One is MedEvac Foundation International board chair, Howard Ragsdale who persuaded Jim to sign up for the Run to Help the Helpers. “[Howard] brought the run to our attention as an organization and I believe it’s important to sign up, and lead by example, and actively participate in this race,” Jim said.
This past February, Jim took up cycling again which, as it happens, has prepared him to get ready and in shape for Run to Help the Helpers. Jim hopes many other people within the healthcare field will join in signing up and lead by example for their co-workers, family members, and friends and is looking forward to spreading the word. Jim is cycling for his wife, four children, and ten grandchildren because family is extremely important to him and is dedicating his “roll” to Ryan Kennedy and Michelle Norris. Kennedy was a dedicated and committed flight team member who unfortunately lost his life in a hunting accident. Norris, who made an incredible impact on the safety component of the air medical industry, sadly lost her battle to cancer. Jim stresses that safety is the most important aspect of Medical Transport / HEMS work. It is the one thing that allows flight and ground crews – and everyone else supporting them – to get home safely to their families.
Interviewed and written by Noah Stern