Roughly one year ago, a very ill man walked into the medical clinic where STARS’ longtime flight nurse Stacey Jorgensen also works.

His future looked grim. Thankfully, Jorgensen was there to help.

“He was a poorly controlled diabetic, with limited previous health care. “He figured he was going to die and there was nothing anyone could do about it.”

Today, despite being diagnosed with a progressive neurological illness,” that man’s life has taken a 180-degree turn. “He has seen a significant difference in his quality of life, his energy has increased and he is more positive about his future. For me, and the rest of the interdisciplinary team that looked after him, we really feel as though we made a difference in his life.”

STARS’ crew members make a difference in patients’ lives every day. For the most part, this takes place in the back of the helicopter, in a hospital, in a remote scene, or at the side of a road. For many of our STARS medical crews, their caring and compassionate work carries on outside the charity and into our communities.

They also work in emergency rooms, intensive care units and in ground ambulances as doctors, nurses and paramedics.

In Jorgensen’s case, she is also a nurse practitioner at a health-care clinic, where the majority of patients are low income with chronic conditions. That work, combined with her 18 years of critical care work at STARS, satisfies her passion for helping our most vulnerable patients.

“I see both complex medical and urgent care patients in both of my roles, and although they appear at opposite ends of the care spectrum, they actually complement each other,” said Jorgensen, who first became intrigued by nursing as a teen when her younger brother was struck with lymphoma and her family spent countless hours in hospitals

“I’ve always had a passion for helping patients and families and I love that my entire nursing career I’ve been challenged and rewarded at the same time.”