Meet the CRMH AirLife Crew - Cody Clark
June 07, 2019
If you are faced with an emergency situation that requires air ambulance transport, knowing that you are in the hands of a trained professional can make a stressful situation a little easier. Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is pleased to introduce the members of the Carle AirLife team to the communities we serve. These individuals will be stationed at the hospital and ready to respond at a moment’s notice to those emergencies that require a patient to be flown to a larger hospital for care. They will also act as an additional trauma team in the emergency department should there be a need.
Cody is a flight nurse for AirLife. Originally from Green Creek, Illinois and a graduate of Teutopolis High School, Cody furthered his education at Lakeland College before transferring to SIU – Edwardsville. He graduated from the Nursing Program and simultaneously commissioned in the Illinois Army National Guard, where he served for an ambulance platoon first, and then as a medical-surgical nurse running the lab for a Medical Detachment in Springfield. He is currently in the Army Reserves.
His previous civilian career includes two years on a Critical Care Unit (CCU) before transferring to Carle’s CCU/PICU. When the Pediatric Transport team opened at Carle, he accepted a dual role working in both the CCU and on the Pediatric Transport Team. He is excited to bring his knowledge to the AirLife team.
“Being a flight nurse has always been a dream of mine,” said Clark. “Working in the CCU my entire career, I always looked at the flight team as these amazing clinicians. The amount of dedication and responsibility they have on them is awesome. I look forward to being challenged and pushing myself, clinically.”
Cody makes his home with his wife Molly, who he met while at Lakeland College. Together they have two children, Harper and Max, a dog, Alby, and he has recently gotten into raising saltwater fish. When he is not with his family, working, taking care of the house, or working for the military, he enjoys going to the gym and taking care of saltwater fish with the help of Harper.
AirLife will be stationed at the CRMH helipad beginning in mid-June. We will continue to introduce members of the crew over the course of the next several weeks.