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Longtime Mercy Air Flight Nurse takes off for retirement after 25 years

BARSTOW, Calif. ( — Today longtime Mercy Air Flight Nurse Marie Podboy flew her last shift at Mercy Air. 

Marie’s final shift ended Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 0700 hours.  

Marie has been a flight nurse at Mercy Air for 25 Years and 10 months and has flown countless hours, countless missions, and provided lifesaving care to many thousands of patients.

Mercy Air Regional Manager, Jason Johnston, told Victor Valley News many of the medical crews flying throughout southern California today have been trained by Marie.

“When I started with Mercy Air as a new flight paramedic over 13 years ago, Marie was my educator and preceptor.  I thought I knew a lot but Marie quickly showed me there was still much for me to learn!  I can honestly say that my growth and success here at Mercy Air is the result of the learning and mentoring I received from Marie,” stated Johnston.

(Marie Podboy)

Johnston said Marie is definitely a “veteran nurse”, and even as she announces her retirement she still carries the same passion for patient care as she did when he first met her 13 years ago.

“We at Mercy Air are sad to see her go but happy that she will be able to enjoy a retirement she so richly deserves,” stated Johnston.

Mercy Air is celebrating 30 years of life-saving service this year. 

“Our success has been in no small part due to the selfless work of Marie and all the others at Mercy Air who provide this all-important life-saving service to our community,” said Johnston.

Mercy Air is proud of our legacy and remains committed to continuing to provide the highest level of critical care transport to the communities we serve.

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