Meet the CareFlight Air and Mobile Services (CareFlight) team at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH).
Candy Skidmore, Vice President
Candy Skidmore joined Miami Valley Hospital in 1981. She helped found CareFlight as one of the original Flight Nurses in 1983. She was then promoted to Chief Flight Nurse. Candy served as CareFlight Program Manager for 18 years and Program Director for 7 years. In 2013, Candy was promoted to the role of Vice President of Premier Health over Emergency, Trauma, and CareFlight.
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 began his career at Miami Valley Hospital in 1990 as an Emergency Medicine Physician. Since 1993, he has also been the Medical Director of CareFlight. His education includes a Doctor of medicine degree from Wright State University School of Medicine, completing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis, and maintaining Board certification in Emergency Medicine.
His previous experience includes working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 20 years and as a Flight Physician for the lifeline Helicopter Program at Methodist Hospital during his residency. Dr. Hawk is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Paramedic program at Sinclair Community College.
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.
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.
Donna Shiverdecker, Clinical Operations Manager
Donna Shiverdecker has been at Miami Valley Hospital 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 (Clinical Operations Manager) 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.
Roberta Ginter, Clinical Operations Manager
Roberta Ginter has been a nurse since 1991. She started in the emergency and trauma center at Miami Valley Hospital in 2000. She came to CareFlight in 2002 and continued to crew leader in 2010. In April 2013 she became a Clinical Operations Manager.
Roberta received her Bachelor of Science of Nursing from Wright State University in 1991. She received her paramedic certification from Clark State Community College in 1993. In addition, Robert holds certification as an EMS instructor, ITLS instructor, ACLS instructor in addition to Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program. She is also a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN).
Heather Erwin, Performance Improvement Coordinator
Heather Erwin has been a registered nurse for 12 years. She started in the Emergency and Trauma Center in 2001 and became a Flight Nurse for CareFlight in 1006. She started the role of Quality Improvement Coordinator in 2012.
Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001 from Cedarville University. Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001 from Cedarville University. Her certifications include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, International Trauma Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. She obtained her professional certification in Flight Nursing (CFRN) in 2011.