JPS and CareFlite Team Up to Fly Patient to Chicago

 6/13/2007 

FORT WORTH -JPS Health Network and CareFlite have arranged to fly 18-year-old Arlington resident Israel Parra to a rehabilitation hospital in Chicago, Wednesday, June 13 at 8 a.m.  A CareFlite Specialty Care Transport (SCT) vehicle will transport Parra from John Peter Smith Hospital, 1500 S. Main Street Fort Worth 76104, at 8 a.m. to CareFlite Headquarters, 3110 S. Great Southwest Parkway Grand Prairie 75052. He will then be flown by a CareFlite Airplane to Chicago.

Parra suffered a gunshot wound to the neck in May, and has been cared for at John Peter Smith Hospital since. The family was unable to afford the cost of relocating Parra to Chicago where his mother lives. JPS and CareFlite have stepped up and are splitting the financial cost.  "I thank them from the bottom of my heart," said Parra's mother Elizabeth Medina.  "We were unable to raise the money we needed, and this was a big help," she added.

Chief Nursing Officer Adonna Lowe and her staff have been working on the financial and logistical aspects for JPS on this matter.  "We know it is important to Mr. Parra to be near his family in Illinois, and are proud that we are able to assist him on his journey in a safe manner," she said.

CareFlite, was established in 1979 and provides air emergency transportation as well as ground transportation, 911 and extended range air transportation.  CareFlite Vice President of Business Development Fred Tsosie said the organization is pleased to partner with JPS, "CareFlite is in the business of transporting people in need of medical attention.  As a nonprofit, we provided $6.6 million worth of uncompensated care last year alone," he said.