...what’s particularly rewarding about my volunteer work with Flights for Life is that I have the opportunity to help save the lives of people who are in dire need of the blood I deliver...
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) September 29, 2011
For Dr. John W. Bass, a person whose profession relies on precision, it’s no surprise that he would choose a hobby that also leaves no room for error. Dr. Bass spends his down time from surgery up in the air, making live-saving deliveries for Flights for Life, Inc.
Dr. Bass is a “Phoenix Top Doctor” as rated by Phoenix Magazine and has been in practice in Arizona since 1989. He specializes in improving his patients’ self esteem by performing face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, breast augmentation and other plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Bass was recently selected for the Volunteer Mercy Pilot for Flights for Life (FFL) program in Arizona. This non-profit organization was formed in 1984 with the mission of providing free air transportation for the United Blood Service (UBS) of Arizona (http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/). FFL works in cooperation with hospitals, blood banks, health-care agencies and private individuals all over Arizona to transfer life-saving blood throughout the state of Arizona. The organization provides emergency transportation for human blood on an "on demand" basis to replenish reserves. This service is provided continuously; 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
“As a plastic surgeon, I have the daily pleasure of working with physically healthy patients to help improve their self-esteem. In contrast, what’s particularly rewarding about my volunteer work with Flights for Life is that I have the opportunity to help save the lives of people who are in dire need of the blood I deliver.”
The select pilots fly to communities large and small throughout Arizona. FFL members are men and women volunteers from many professions. In addition to doctors, FFL pilots are business people, engineers, airline pilots, ex-military pilots, etc. All of these pilots donate their time, skill and aircraft free of charge. The pilots receive no compensation for their services. The cost of operating the aircraft is donated to FFL by the pilots as a charitable contribution.
In order to qualify for this program, Dr. Bass and other pilots in this program must meet strict qualifications. They must meet the requirements for Day Cargo Flights, have 5 hours minimum Pilot in Command time and 25 hours minimum time flying cross-country. For night flights, they must also have 300 hours minimum Pilot in Command time or 200 hours minimum with Instrument Rating and 30 hours minimum night flight or 15 hours with an Instrument Rating.
For additional information on Flights for Life, Inc., visit http://www.flightsforlife.org.
For information on Dr. Bass and the plastic surgery services he provides, visit his website at http://www.jwbass.com.
About Dr. John Bass, M.D.:
Dr. Bass received his medical degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He continued through five years of surgical training at the Phoenix Integrated Surgery Residency Program and two additional years of plastic surgery residency at St. Louis University Medical Center. Dr. Bass is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Lipoplasty Society of North America, The Maricopa Medical Society and The Arizona Medical Association. Dr. Bass has practiced plastic surgery in Arizona since 1989 and was name one of Phoenix’s “Top Docs” by Phoenix Magazine. For additional information, please visit: http://www.jwbass.com
Jason W. Jantzen
Phoenix Marketing Associates