Chuck Welch joined EagleMed, a Wichita-based air medical transport company, as national director of business development this month.
Joining EagleMed takes Welch, 42, back to his roots in the industry when he worked as a flight paramedic in Billings, Mont.
“The work that people do as flight members is some of the best work there is in the world,” Welch said. “We touch and save more lives every day than you can even imagine.”
Growing up one of 11 children, Welch always knew he’d one day work in the health care industry.
Whether it was pulling a sliver out of his sister’s foot or helping a friend who broke his leg while hunting, Welch liked helping people.
“As far back as I can remember … I was just fascinated with making people feel better,” he said.
Welch grew up in Malta, Mont., and graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., with a bachelor of science degree in cardiopulmonary science and respiratory care.
He served as a registered respiratory therapist and flight paramedic with Deaconess Medical Center in Billings before becoming a critical care specialist with Aventis Pharmaceuticals, also in Billings.
Welch then spent nine years as a senior sales representative for Guidant Corp., which became Boston Scientific, where he sold pacemakers and did training. In 2000, while at the company, he moved from Idaho to Wichita and has been based here since.
He then joined St. Jude Medical as a direct sales representative, before most recently becoming a territory business manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he also did a lot of training.
Outside work, Welch loves spending time with his family. He and his wife, Robin, play basketball in competitive leagues around Wichita. They have three children, ages 20, 18 and 16. Welch loves spending time outdoors, skiing, hunting, hiking and biking. Welch and his wife also run triathlons.