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 Helicopters, Inc. 

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/or commitment to the medical transport community as a whole.

 

2017 Winner
Life Link III

Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Bell Helicopter, At Textron Company

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.

2017 Winner
Allen C. Wolfe Jr.
Air Methods Corporation

Jim Charlson Safety Award

Sponsored by Airbus Helicopters, Inc.

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.

2017 Winner
Krista Haugen, RN, MN, CEN
Med-Trans Corporation

Barbara A. Hess Research & Education Award

Sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enhancement, development and/or promotion of the emergency medical industry through his/her research and/or educational efforts. The Barbara Hess Award was not given in 2017.

Transport Mechanic’s Award of Excellence

Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters 

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.

2017 Winner
DJ Lafrance
STARS

Airbus Helicopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

asks….could YOU use $10,000 for Safety??

2017 Winner
Life Link III’s Hospital Helipad Safety Video

AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence

Sponsored by LifePort, a Sikorsky Company

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. This may be awarded for an overall fixed wing-specific patient care contribution, or fixed wing transport outcome.

 

2017 Winner
AirMed International LLC

AAMS Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence

Sponsored by the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)

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. This may be awarded for an overall critical care ground-specific patient care contribution, or ground transport outcome.

 

2017 Winner
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Transport Team

AAMS Neonatal/Pediatric Award of Excellence

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

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. This may be awarded for an overall neonatal / pediatric-specific patient care contribution, or neonatal / pediatric transport outcome.

2017 Winner
UNC Carolina Air Care Pediatric / Neonatal Team

AAMS Excellence in Transport Leadership Award

Sponsored by Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company

Recognizes an 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 and/or commitment to the emergency medical community as a whole. (e.g., Program/Transport Service Director, Program/Transport Service Manager, Regional Director, CEO, etc.)

2017 Winner
Ranna Rozenfeld, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Transport Team

AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

Sponsored by PHI Air Medical

Recognizes an emergency medical transport individual OR organization(s) demonstrating a broad-based continuing commitment to their referring/receiving agencies and/or 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.

2017 Excellence in Community Service Award Winner
Mandy Via, BSN, RN, NRP
CareFlight Air & Mobile
for her work on the
“Drive Smart” mock crash program

The Drive Smart mock crash program provides mock crash scenarios to high schools to give students a real-life look at the consequences of poor choices before getting behind the wheel of a car. In collaboration with multiple agencies, the Drive Smart mock crash involves a scenario with 2 wrecked cars that are staged to represent a crash scene immediately following a motor vehicle accident. Four students play roles in the crash – one who is deceased, one who is removed by ambulance, one who is removed by a CareFlight helicopter, and one is a relatively uninjured intoxicated driver.  The Drive Smart mock crash program is the most involved, collaborative and far-reaching of all the community outreach programs offered through CareFlight, with 25 to 30 Drive Smarts put on each year. During her tenure as Outreach Manager, Mandy has revamped CareFlight’s outreach program.  In 2017 to date, Mandy has dedicated more than 400 hours and has driven approximately 2,000 miles to execute 28 separate Drive Smarts.  In 2016, Mandy coordinated more than 600 total outreach events, including free community and continuing education that strengthens our relationship with outside organizations and creates better overall collaboration and patient care and outcomes.

 View Drive Smart Program in action.