- Board of Trustees
Connie Schneider Eastlee, BSN, MS, CMTE
Connie Eastlee has worked in the air medical industry for more than 35 years starting Nightingale in Norfolk, VA in 1982 as the 35th hospital based air medical program in the nation. She knew when working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha NE as a senior nursing student, she wanted to become a “Life Flight” nurse and care for the most critical patients during transport. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a MS in Organizational Development and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a BSN.
Connie was the Director of Loyola Lifestar in Maywood, IL for eight years leading a premier transport service in Chicago. She has also provided independent consulting services to hospitals, medical device companies, 135 operators and medical transport services. As a Senior Associate with Fitch & Associates, Inc., she served as Director of Angel One Transport at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and obtained their own FAA Part 135, acquired two S-76 C+ aircraft, and expanded teams conducting more than 2,000 transports annually. While there, she directed multiple air and ground transport programs, such as from Oregon to Maine, helped develop multiple RFP and RFIs for aircraft acquisition, performed feasibility studies and start–up implementations. She is particularly proud of Angel One leading the children’s teams responding to hurricanes Katrina and Rita – and receiving AAMS “Program of the Year” in 2006.
Connie joined Med-Trans Corporation (MTC) and Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) in 2007. She lead its growth from 14 to 90+ bases by 2016, while overseeing medical operations for 46 community-based programs that employed 500+ nurses and paramedics. Connie served as an original lead CAMTS site surveyor for seven years, so it was no surprise when she instituted CAMTS accreditation for her MTC programs achieving >65% accreditation rate. Upon retiring, in 2018, as Vice President of Medical Operations, Connie, opened a consultancy assisting clients such as Med-Trans, American Medical Group Holdings and Guardian Flight prepare for CAMTS Accreditation.
In her volunteer time, she has served on the board for the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), and MedEvac Foundation International for more than 25 years combined. During her AAMS presidency, Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) was formed; and as a labor of love, she shepherded, dedicated efforts and has lectured there for the past 23 years. Serving as both a Board Member and President she’s personally raised thousands of dollars in support of the Foundation’s signature Taking Care of Our Own – Help is On The Way mental health, wellness and suicide prevention programs, while generally advancing the philanthropic mission of MedEvac Foundation International currently as its Vice Chair and 2021 Incoming Chair. She received the Marriott Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award from AAMS in 2001 for her dedication and commitment advancing air and ground medical transport.
Connie is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally who has published in leading transport journals on management, strategic planning, culture, and clinical topics related to medical transport services.