Christopher Hall, BS, CMTE
Director, Government Affairs & Industry Relations, PHI Health, LLC
Chris Hall began his career as an EMT on a Wildland Complex fire, providing preventative care and wound management to Wildland firefighters in a remote “spike camp” in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area of Idaho. Shortly thereafter Chris earned his Paramedic credential and his career background has included working as a volunteer firefighter, professional firefighter, Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Clinical Educator, and now as the Director of Government Affairs & Industry Relations for PHI Health, LLC.
For Chris, his experience and approach is shaped by working in a cross section of the medical transport community business lines, to include: private non-profit ground and air ambulance, hospital-based air ambulance, publicly-traded ground ambulance, professional fire service, and private & publicly traded air ambulance. In his role with PHI Health, Chris acts to educate policymakers and legislators about medical transport services and to help shape policy and legislation that affects air ambulance services and medical transport professionals.
Q: Tell us about your job and what you love most about it.
A: Political advocacy is education by another name. I have the opportunity to educate policymakers and legislators, at the state and federal levels, about the unique nature of medical transport services and the variety of ways in which this service can be provided. It is an honor to be able to help decision-makers understand how their actions affect so many healthcare providers that are dedicated to serving their communities.
Q: What / Who inspired you to follow an air medical / critical care transport career path and how did you break into it?
A: The helicopter flight over the Snake River to the Wildland Fire Spike Camp in northern Idaho cemented by goal of working as a Flight Paramedic.
My coursework to become a Paramedic inspired me to help educate others as a Field Training Officer and then as a Clinical Educator.
My first experience meeting with federal legislators in DC inspired me to advocate on behalf of my colleagues.
Q: What is your proudest career-defining moment that best represents your overall professional expertise and experience?
A: For the last several years, I have had the honor of recognizing my colleagues each year at AMTC by presenting the AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award. In that moment, we take time to recognize the generosity and contribution of our colleagues, in serving their own colleagues, or their local communities. It is both humbling and rewarding to bear witness to the selflessness of others, and I am truly grateful for this chance to recognize the service of my colleagues.
Q: What inspired you to join the AAMS Board?
A: After serving for a number of years, I felt that I had the experience to be able to contribute to our community, and to work alongside mentors and colleagues for whom I have tremendous respect. I am finishing my third term, and realize that the lifelong learning continues. I am grateful to those who supported my service on the AAMS Board so that I could contribute to serving others.
Q: What are your top three impact goals you plan to achieve as a board member?
A: I have had the good fortune to serve as part of Board leadership, and to lead dedicated professionals involved in the AAMS Membership Committee and the AAMS Education Committee. Together, we have worked to improve services to AAMS members and I am grateful to those committee members who helped push this work forward.
Q: What do you see as the future of our industry and what is the best way to adapt to a changing landscape; and given that, what are the role do you see AAMS play in that change?
A: AAMS must continue to recognize the evolving nature of how the service is provided. In all aspects, this industry continues to evolve: clinically, operationally, etc. While honoring legacy, AAMS must look forward and anticipate ongoing and future change and evolve itself to reflect the changing nature of our community.
Q: What’s your favorite book / movie / movie quote and why?
A: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The movie only captured a small portion of a fantastic book.
The way Abraham Lincoln was able to work with all personalities, even those working against him personally and politically, should be an inspiration to us all. Even as we work within our own space, we can still work together and find alignment.