Meet the CareFlight Air and Mobile Services (CareFlight) team at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH).
Candy Skidmore, Director
Candy Skidmore, Director of the CareFlight Program, joined MVH in 1981. She helped found CareFlight as one of its original flight nurses in 1983. She was then promoted to Chief Flight Nurse. She has served as CareFlight Program Manager since 1988 and was promoted to Director in 2006.
Candy graduated from Kent State University in 1979. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Columbia Union College.
Andrew Hawk, MD, CareFlight Medical Director
Dr. Andrew Hawk has been at MVH since 1990 as an Emergency Medicine Physician. He has been Medical Director of CareFlight since 1993. His education and training include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from DePauw University, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Wright State University School of Medicine, an Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis, and a Flight Physician for the Lifeline Helicopter Program at Methodist Hospital in 1990.
Dr. Hawk is also a Track Physician at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started in 1988 and continues with his medical expertise at the Brickyard every year. He also has been an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine.
Robyn Flanery, Communication Center Manager
Robyn Flanery joined Miami Valley Hospital in 2009 as the Communication Center Manager. She began her communications career in 1996 as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher at Darke County Sheriff's Office. In 2000, she was promoted to Communications Administrator and 9-1-1 Coordinator for Darke County.
Robyn's education includes NREMT in 1997 and she completed training to become a certified Flight Communicator through the National Association of Air-Medical Communication Specialists in 2009. She continues her education in Business Management at Sinclair Community College.
Mary Lou Kyne, Outreach Manager
Mary Lou has been a registered nurse for 16 years and with MVH for 13 years. She started in the Emergency and Trauma Center in 2000 and became a Flight Nurse for CareFlight Air and Mobile Services in 2002. She also volunteered at Spring Valley Township Volunteer Fire Department as a paramedic for 10 years.
Mary Lou received her ADN from Sinclair Community College and her BNS from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has certifications in Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum provider/instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support provider, Advanced Trauma Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and is a Certified Emergency Nurse.
Donna Shiverdecker, Clinical Operations Manager
Donna Shiverdecker has been at MVH since 1980. She spent fourteen years in critical care in the Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Intensive care units as a clinical nurse and a shift manager. In 1998 she joined the CareFlight team as a flight nurse, held the role of Program Educator from 2001-2002 and became a Chief Flight Nurse in 2010.
Donna received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1980 from Eastern Kentucky University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1987 from Miami University. Her certifications include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Pace for Quality Program Clinical Ladder Level IV, and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. She obtained her professional certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) in 1988.
Beth Calcidise, Program Manager
Beth Calcidise has been with Miami Valley Hospital since 1987. She worked as a Renal Nurse, ICU and Post-Anesthesia Nurse, and a Nurse Manager in the Admission/Discharge Department of Surgery. In 2003, she became a Flight Nurse. Beth worked as Outreach Coordinator in 2006 and was promoted to Program Manager in 2009.