AMTC 2019 Award Nomination Form

*2019 nomination deadline dates are TBD.*
Congrats to the 2018 Award Winners! Please see the full list of this year’s award winners below. 


Each year, the Association of Air Medical Services recognizes excellence and leadership in emergency medical transport through a variety of notable national awards…

AAMS Community Awards

Presented annually at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC).

Program of the Year

Sponsored by Airbus 

Program of the Year Award recognizes an emergency medical transport service (national or international) that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, high quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, marketing ingenuity, community service, and a commitment to the medical transport community as a whole.

 

2018 Winner
Carilion Clinic Life-Guard

Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Bell

Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the overall enhancement, development, leadership or promotion of the emergency medical transport community and has been actively involved or participated in an emergency medical transport organization.

2018 Winner
Douglas H. Baker
Mercy Flight

Jim Charlson Safety Award

Sponsored by Airbus

Jim Charlson Safety Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the overall enhancement, development or promotion of safety within the air and critical care ground transport community.

2018 Winner
Stacy Wolf
Maryland State Police Aviation Command/Haiti Air Ambulance

Barbara A. Hess Research & Education Award

Sponsored by LifePort, a Sikorsky Company

Barbara A. Hess Research & Education Award recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enhancement, development, and promotion of the emergency medical industry through their research or educational efforts.

2018 Winner
Christian Martin-Gill, MD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Transport Mechanic’s Award of Excellence

Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters 

Transport Mechanic Award of Excellence recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the safe operation of medical transport vehicles or the improvement of safe maintenance procedures of medical transport vehicles.

2018 Winner
Kenneth Norman
PHI Air Medical, L.L.C.

Airbus Helicopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

asks….What can you contribute to earn $10,000?

2018 Winner
PennState Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport

AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence

Sponsored by LifePort, a Sikorsky Company

AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made an outstanding contribution to a fixed wing transport service in any of the following areas: enhancing safety, education, leadership, patient advocacy by developing or promoting the improvement of patient care in the medical transport community. The award may be given for an overall fixed wing-specific patient care contribution, or fixed-wing transport outcome. The Fixed Wing Award of Excellence was not given out in 2018.

AAMS Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence

Sponsored by the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)

AAMS Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made an outstanding contribution to a critical care ground transport service in any of the following areas: enhancing safety, education, leadership, patient advocacy by developing or promoting the improvement of patient care in the medical transport community. The award may be given for an overall critical care ground-specific patient care contribution, or ground transport outcome.

 

2018 Winner
Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport

AAMS Neonatal/Pediatric Award of Excellence

Sponsored by AirBorne Transport Incubators, a Division of International Biomedical Ltd.

AAMS Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made an outstanding contribution to a neonatal/pediatric transport service in any of the following areas: enhancing safety, education, leadership, patient advocacy by developing or promoting the improvement of patient care in the medical transport community. The award may be given for an overall neonatal/pediatric-specific patient care contribution, or neonatal/pediatric transport outcome.

2018 Winner
Boston MedFlight

AAMS Excellence in Transport Leadership Award

Sponsored by Bell

AAMS Excellence in Transport Leadership Award recognizes air and ground critical care transport leader who has demonstrated a superior level of knowledge and management prowess, high-quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, marketing ingenuity, community service, commitment to the emergency medical community as a whole. (e.g., Program Director, Transport Service Director, Program Manager, Transport Service Manager, Regional Director, CEO, etc.)

2018 Winner
Frankie Toon, BSN, CFRN, CMTE
University of Utah AirMed

AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

Sponsored by PHI Air Medical

AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award recognizes an emergency medical transport individual OR organizations demonstrating a broad-based continuing commitment to their referring/receiving agencies, and the communities they serve. The award recipient will exhibit an outstanding history of leadership or substantial involvement/partnership in customer or community-based project(s) that contribute to the quality of life within the communities they serve. Although eligibility requires membership with the Association of Air Medical Services, the nominated project is NOT LIMITED to practices solely in air or ground medicine. This recipient will have shown professional and personal values that typify the ideals of “giving of oneself,” and “making a difference in, or enhancing the lives of others.” We welcome projects of all sizes and scope, no matter the financial resources involved.

2018 Excellence in Community Service Award Winner
Claudel Gedeon
Haiti Air Ambulance | Ayiti Air Anbilans
for his work in advancing the level of prehospital patient care
and his dedication to EMS education in Haiti

Before Claudel Gedeon, there was no such thing as a flight paramedic in Haiti, and now Claudel is one of only 3 Flight EMTS in the entire country. From the moment you meet Claudel, you realize how passionate he is about the people who live here in Haiti. Haiti is a country that has been through many disasters but what you see in Claudel and his actions to improve his community is hope and inspiration. Claudel has played a vital part of EMPACT Haiti (affiliated with EMPACT Northwest) and Project Medishare. He also works for Haiti Air Ambulance as an EMT and is on staff at Hospital Bernard MEVS in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Every day, Claudel interacts and trains with first responders, disaster relief workers, and nurses/nursing students.

One need identified by Claudel was more education/training and hands-on training in IV catheter placement for advanced care of patients. Many first responders/nursing students receive very little education or opportunity to learn about and perform this skill – even fewer are given a chance to perfect it but Claudel new that it was an in-demand skill that could help the physicians, nurses, and patients in overcrowded clinics and hospitals. It seems like a very “simple” act – but in Haiti, it advances them to the next level of care. This “simple” act (an IV catheter) puts them on the road to more advanced care for patients. Claudel wanted to bring that level to his students. Through Claudel work and experience at Hospital Bernard MEVS, he developed the curriculum and then determined the supplies that would be needed. He sought out support and received it from Haiti Air Ambulance.

Claudel understood that his connection to the community and his desire to help was in line with the philosophy of Haiti Air Ambulance and that as partners we could make an impact by providing community clinicians with that “higher level” skill. Claudel’s courses provide students hands-on training with manikins, then live volunteers, and then finally they are coached by Claudel at the hospital in the higher stress environment. Claudel has not only educated and supported new care providers, but he has also fostered a strong relationship between the community and Haiti Air Ambulance by opening the doors to more education and training shared amongst all in Haiti. Today, Claudel’s classes have helped develop IV placement skills in approximately 50 first responders/nursing students in their final section of school – not to mention the countless others he has just “taken under his wing” at the hospital, at Haiti Air Ambulance, and throughout the community.

 View online photos of Claudel in action