By Jeff Worthington
Life Guard International, also known as FlyingICU, was founded by Donna Miller in 2002 to provide air medical transport services around the clock to and from Las Vegas as well as to and from destinations all over the world. Whether the patient is being transferred to a higher level of care facility because the care he or she needs is not available where they are located; to patients who want to recover or receive care closer to home; Life Guard can take them, no matter their condition, to the places they need to go, worldwide.
When Miller emigrated from Romania to the United States in 1991, she spoke no English and knew next to nothing about life in America. But she believed in the American Dream and learned English by watching Sesame Street with her daughter and proudly become a U.S. citizen in 1994. While working as a hospice home health aide, her patient took Miller by the hand to the college across the street and registered her in their nursing program. At that time she didn’t even know what a nurse did. After graduating, Miller realized she could combine her childhood dream of flying with her nursing experience. She became a flight nurse in 2001 and a year later she opened Life Guard International – FlyingICU, which is exactly that: a flying intensive care unit.
Today, Life Guard International has grown to four aircraft including a newly acquired fully medically-configured Learjet 35A, a hanger and office at McCarran International Airport; another base in Tonopah and about fifty dedicated medical, aviation and administrative professionals with only one goal in mind: To safely and comfortably transport any patient, anywhere in the world, anytime.
“The true dedication and high professionalism of our team is the driving factor in our success. There’s not a single employee who doesn’t truly treat every patient like a family member, knowing that medicine isn’t only about professional, comprehensive care, but it’s about compassion,” Miller said.
“Needing to transport your loved one from one state to another, while in a hospital’s ICU bed is a very scary situation for any family and with any of our services (air ambulance, commercial medical escort or commercial stretcher) the patient and family are going to receive the highest level of care and compassion possible. To me, having such a wonderful team that can help save the life of someone’s child, or grandparent, or mom or dad, that is my American Dream; and it is my team that has made my American Dream come true.”
In 2014, Miller received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nevada Woman-Owned Business of the Year and the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Entrepreneur of the Year. She and Life Guard International have developed a sterling reputation and are considered leaders in the aviation/medical field.
But no award or accomplishment can match the satisfaction she gets every day helping patients go where they need to go, while receiving the medical care they need. That is Miller’s real reward; as her American Dream continues.Contact Information Flying ICU
Life Guard International
145 E. Reno Avenue Ste. E-7
Las Vegas, NV 89119