I’ll admit, this is a story I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. This is a sound slideshow profiling the lead base aviation manager of the ShandsCair program, Mark Womack, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Womack oversees all the bases of ShandsCair, as well as the program’s pilots and technicians, and he loves to fly. He spoke with me about what he does, how medevacs work from the point of view of the helicopter pilot, and why he loves his job. He also let me tag along for a flight, and snap a few pictures.
I picked this story because it has intrigued me for a while. Driving down Archer Road, it is easy to spot the ShandsCair helicopter taking off or landing either from the ground or from the top of one of the buildings in the Shands complex. I was curious to learn more about the program, and about those who are involved with it.