We’re Here to Save Lives
TxJet is a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of Indiana Donor Network, the state’s federally designated organ procurement organization. Indiana Donor Network’s mission is to save and heal lives through organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. TxJet extends that mission by ensuring that each donor’s gift of life is transported to transplant recipients quickly and safely.
ABOUT ORGAN TRANSPLANT AVIATION
Before TxJet, transplant centers and organ procurement organizations relied on charter companies for organ transport. Charter companies are neither specialized in organ transplant nor held to uniform safety standards. Tragically, accidents occurred resulting in the loss of medical teams and organs intended for transplant. In order to transport organs and transplant teams safely and efficiently, Indiana Donor Network set out to develop an aviation program exclusively dedicated to this task.
After organ recovery, a donor’s gift must be transplanted into the recipient within hours for the operation to be successful. That’s where TxJet comes in. By having a dedicated aviation service on call 24/7/365, we ensure that each donor’s gift results in lives saved.
Facts about our aircraft
Cruise Speed:484 MPH
Max Weight:13,870 Pounds
Max Altitude:45,000 Feet
Specially designed platform for transmedic device
Where we have flown
Meet Our Team
- All ATP certified
- Two pilots operate aircraft at all times
- All pilots type rated and captain qualified
- Pilots employed by TxJet
- Part 135 duty day at all times
- First class physical required continuously
Kellie Hanner, CEO
Kellie Hanner has served as president and CEO of Indiana Donor Network since December 2012. She is the third CEO of Indiana Donor Network since it was formed in 1987. As CEO, Hanner champions the organization’s mission to save and enhance as many lives as possible through organ, tissue and eye donation.
Hanner began her career at Indiana Donor Network in 2000 as a procurement transplant coordinator responsible for coordinating organ donation in Indiana hospitals, as well as working with Indiana transplant centers to recover organs out of state for Indiana patients. She transitioned into management in 2004, serving as manager of organ services with oversight of all staff responsible for coordinating organ donation. Two years later, she was appointed director of quality and tissue services, leading the quality, tissue and Vital Link (call center) departments.
Prior to joining Indiana Donor Network, Hanner worked at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health as a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Indiana University and is a certified procurement transplant coordinator.
Steve Johnson, COO
Steve Johnson joined Indiana Donor Network as chief operating officer in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the operational success of the organization as well as partner transplant programs in the region. Johnson has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the air medical and critical care transport environment, something that has proven to be unique and valuable for Indiana Donor Network.
Johnson began his career in critical care transport as a pilot and a paramedic in New Mexico. He developed an air ambulance company which provided lifesaving care to the underserved areas of New Mexico and west Texas. He went on to serve as the vice president of business operations at Omniflight in Dallas, Texas, the second largest air medical transport provider in the nation, with more than 3,000 employees and 120 aircraft. Johnson was then recruited to help operations at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, the state’s largest medical provider and only academic health center. There he served as the director of critical care transport, coordinating a network of air and ground critical care assets throughout Indiana. During his time at IU Health, Johnson became familiar with Indiana Donor Network. In his current role, Indiana Donor Network has seen significant growth and cost savings, in large part through the development of a 501(c)(3) dedicated to organ aviation needs.
Johnson also serves as the president of Donate Life Indiana, the state affiliate for Donate Life America. Donate Life Indiana is an alliance of agencies that exists to save and to enhance lives by registering organ, tissue and eye donors through the Indiana Donor Registry.
Johnson has a B.A. from New Mexico State University as well as an MBA from Ashford University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a recent recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award.
Jamie Adams, Aviation Manager
Edwin Hall, Captain
Pete Honkomp, Captain
Roger Law, Captain
Jonathan Rifkin, Captain
Fred Robbins, Captain
Chris Shaw, Captain
Jeff Simpkins, Captain
Adam Andrews, First Officer
Zack Dillion, First Officer
Dale Mahurin, First Officer
Scott Moreland, First Officer
Kody Nering, First Officer
Vicente Quiroga, First Officer
Ken Justice, Manager, Maintenance
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