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Maricopa Health Foundation’s Night of Heroes Told the Heroic and Inspiring Story of Derek Boehm, RN

Flight paramedic Derek Boehm was the only survivor in a medical helicopter crash in 2015. After being treated at MIHS for life-threatening injuries, he dedicated his career to the place and the people who saved his life.

PHOENIX – On April 25, 2019, more than 300 guests gathered at the Phoenix Art Museum for the Maricopa Health Foundation’s third Night of Heroes. The annual event celebrates heroic patient stories and recognizes the Maricopa Integrated Health System (soon to be Valleywise Health) doctors, nurses, employees and community first responders who are behind-the-scenes heroes each day.

This year’s honoree was Derek Boehm, RN, a military veteran, former firefighter, paramedic and flight paramedic, whose life was changed forever in a fatal helicopter crash during a routine flight in the Superstition Mountains.

The sole survivor, Boehm spent hours alone in the cold with life-threatening injuries hoping to be found. Following a long recovery, Derek completed his training to become a registered nurse, and now works alongside the same doctors and nurses who saved his life. The event highlighted MIHS’s role as Arizona’s only public teaching hospital and shared how the safety net health system is addressing Arizona’s health provider shortage. Funds raised will go toward advanced technology and training resources at MIHS.

Valleywise Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting Valleywise Health, Arizona’s only public teaching hospital and safety-net health system. Money raised by the Foundation supports the following Valleywise Health facilities and programs: Maricopa Medical Center, Arizona Burn Center, Arizona Children’s Center, Valleywise HealthBehavioral Health Programs, Valleywise Health Breast Clinic, Valleywise Health Chaplaincy Programs, Labor and Delivery, Level 1 Trauma Center (serving both children and adults), Mariposa: Wings to Safety Domestic Violence Clinic, Phoenix Cancer Center, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic and 12 Family Health Centers across Maricopa County.

Contact: Maricopa Health Foundation
Marcia Scott – 602-451-4550

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