MAMA: Mountain Area Medical Airlift Shares Survivor Stories & Future Plans with Rotary

on Sunday, 06 April 2014. Posted in Recent Programs

Program Recap - April 2, 2014

MAMA: Mountain Area Medical Airlift Shares Survivor Stories & Future Plans with Rotary

When Nancy Temple began experiencing indigestion after lunch one day last fall, she never imagined she’d end the day fighting for her life. But that’s exactly what happened, as the supposed indigestion turned into heart failure and she was airlifted by helicopter to Mission Hospital in Asheville. The emergency responders of MAMA, or Mountain Area Medical Airlift, kept Nancy’s heart pumping throughout the entire journey.

Nancy shared her emotional story with Cashiers Rotary last Wednesday, joined by Johnny Grindstaff, the emergency RNs on hand during Nancy’s fateful ride.

RN Grindstaff presented MAMA’s redesign and redeployment plan for the future. As an independent non-profit organization, MAMA has provided critical care transport in Western North Carolina since 1986. From premature infants in respiratory distress to serious traumatic injuries, MAMA's nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists are trained to provide quality care in transport under medical direction from Mission Hospital. They maintain 2 bases in Asheville and Franklin.

Their ultimate goal is to bring everything in house and expand their capabilities to staff, outfit and maintain a 3rd base in Henderson County. Cashiers Rotary Charities has approved a $2500 grant and pledged its support by reaching out to other Rotary clubs in the region.

Debbie Sprouse, Director of Development of Mission Foundation, applauded the teamwork and support throughout Mission’s network that made MAMA and other emergency medicine possible, while Dr. Gray Erlacher, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital lauded the staff of MAMA and other medical transporters as the Cavalry serving on the front lines of emergency medicine.

The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meets Wednesday mornings at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Hwy 107S at 7:30am. Non-members are welcome to attend by calling 828-743-5490. Visit for more information.