The AAMS Community Awards include nine (9) different awards that are given out during the Awards Ceremony at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award (1) is also presented during Monday’s banquet at AMTC. AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award (1) is given out at a different time during AMTC.

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AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

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 improving 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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Marketing, medical, aviation, management, or any support personnel who are involved in the development and implementation of a customer or community-based project that has made a positive impact on the service community, customer base on a local, regional, national or international level.  The candidate must be a member of AAMS (either Regular, Affiliate, or Personal member.)  Any nomination received shall be reviewed by AAMS staff before the nomination is placed before the judges to ensure that the nominee has not been the recipient of the same award within the last three calendar years.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      The project should be based upon a need that was identified within their service community by the nominee.  The candidate must show how the need was fulfilled through the project.

B.      Detail ONE project the candidate completed from conception to implementation.  The project should not be one that is focused or geared towards providing an increased transport volume or revenue for the organization but rather to make a difference in the lives of others.  The project may include their service area community or referring/receiving agencies.  The project will be judged on creativity or originality.

C.      Illustrate the project’s clear and measurable positive impact on the service community.  Submissions will be judged on how well the project met the scope of its objectives.

D.      Provide documentation of leadership and long-term commitment to the service community.  Documentation should show a pattern of an on-going partnership with either the service community that enhances any of the following: clinical skills, education, safety, or overall quality of life.

E.       Supporting documentation must be provided.  This documentation may include digital photos, digital video files, letters of support from community leaders, customers, or documents developed for the project.

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AAMS Excellence in Transport Leadership Award

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.)

ELIGIBILITY:  The transport service leader must be employed by an AAMS voting member and must have held their current position for at least two years.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Number of years in the position;

B.      How the transport service leader has improved crew engagement at the transport service;

C.      How the individual has expanded the role or scope of the transport service;

D.      What improvements the individual has made;

E.       How the individual relates to the staff and community;

F.       And staff testimonials.

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AAMS Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Personnel, who are involved with the transportation system of neonatal/pediatric patients, and are currently employed by AAMS Member neonatal/pediatric transport program or service.  Current AAMS Member who is a neonatal/pediatric medical transport program or service.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Specific improvements in the quality of neonatal/pediatric-specific medical transport;

B.      The enhancement of safe neonatal/pediatric transport procedures (mitigation of risk for crew members and patients);

C.      The development of neonatal/pediatric patient care;

D.      The encouragement of others or contributions to the community which promote improvements in neonatal/pediatric transport and patient care;

E.       And enhancement of overall conditions under which proper neonatal/pediatric transport occurs.

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AAMS Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Personnel, who are involved with the transportation system of critical care ground patients, and are currently employed by AAMS Member critical care ground transport program or service.  Current AAMS Member who is a critical care ground medical transport program or service.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Specific improvements of the quality in critical care ground-specific medical transport;

B.      The enhancement of safe ground transport procedures (mitigation of risk for crew members and patients);

C.      The development of critical care ground transport patient care;

D.      The encouragement of others or contributions to the community which promote improvements in ground transport and patient care;

E.       And the enhancement of overall conditions under which proper critical care ground transport occurs.

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AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Personnel, who are involved with the transportation system of fixed-wing patients, and are currently employed by AAMS Member fixed-wing transport program or service.  Current AAMS Member who is a fixed-wing medical transport program or service.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Specific improvements of the quality in fixed wing-specific medical transport;

B.      The enhancement of safe fixed-wing transport procedures (mitigation of risk for crew members and patients);

C.      The development of fixed-wing transport patient care;

D.      The encouragement of others or contributions to the community which promote improvements in fixed-wing transport and patient care;

E.       And enhancement of overall conditions under which proper fixed-wing transport occurs.

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Airbus Helicopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award.
What can you contribute to earn $10,000?

The Vision Zero Award was created to promote operational safety by identifying new and creative practices that can be shared with the entire air medical community. What has your organization done to raise the bar for safety? Are you ready to share so others might benefit? If you are the award winner, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will contribute up to $10,000 toward promoting your safety initiative with the air medical community.

Who is eligible?
All AAMS Medical Transport Services. Operators and vendors from the smallest to the largest are eligible for this award, regardless of the number, or type of aircraft you fly. You are free to nominate your organization.
Please Note:  This is not intended to be an individual award or to recognize a Program that simply follows the industry best practices. It is intended to award new ideas and innovations that can be shared with the broader Air Medical Community.

What are we looking for?

We want to see your new and innovative ideas to promote safety that can be shared with the entire air ambulance community. The winning submission and supporting documents will be posted online for the benefit of the entire community.

Have you developed innovations in risk assessment tools, safety procedures, quality management, dispatching, crew training, etc. that could be successfully adopted by other transport services or operators to improve EMS patient, crew, and operational safety? We want to encourage innovation and creative thinking and want to share what you are doing with the rest of the community.

How could you use your award?
As part of your nomination, tell us how we can help you expand positive impact to the broader community. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will contribute up to $10,000 to help the award winner’s efforts to promote safety.

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Transport Mechanic Award of Excellence

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Individuals who are directly involved with the maintenance operations of vehicles used by members of AAMS.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Number of years in the position;

B.      How the individual has added value to the medical transport service and education of the crew;

C.      What improvements the individual has made;

D.      How the individual relates to the staff and community (including staff testimonials);

E.       And this individual must have made a direct impact on the safety of a transport vehicle or implemented a safety program or procedure that enhances the welfare of the medical team and patients in transport.

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Barbara A. Hess Research & Education Award

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Medical, aviation or support personnel who have published, conducted research or provided quality education or educational expertise which has contributed to the emergency medical transport community on a local, regional, national or international level.  The candidate must be employed by a member of AAMS (either voting, or affiliate), or must be a personal member of AAMS.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Number of articles, chapters or books published;

B.      Number of research abstracts/papers presented;

C.      Number of lectures given;

D.      And their membership and participation in industry associations.

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Jim Charlson Safety Award

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Anyone directly involved in the air medical transport community who has made a contribution which enhanced the safety of a program/medical transport service, mission, or the air and critical care ground transport community as a whole.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Demonstration of an unwavering commitment to safety;

B.      Aviation safety expertise;

C.      And membership associations and participation in community organizations.

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Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Medical, aviation, communication, management or support personnel (operators, equipment companies, etc.)  who are actively involved in the emergency medical transport community and are a member of AAMS or employed by an AAMS Member.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Impact on or contribution to the industry;

B.      Involvement in community organizations including leadership positions;

C.      The number of years of membership in community organizations;

D.      Encouragement of others to join community organizations;

E.       And the encouragement of others to promote the emergency medical transport community.

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Program of the Year Award

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.

ELIGIBILITY:  The service must have been in operation for at least five (5) years in the medical transport community (rotor wing, fixed wing, or critical care ground) and a current voting member of AAMS.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

A.      Number of years in operation;

B.      How the medical transport service commits to safety;

C.      Business model sustainability;

D.      Customer-service improvements;

E.       Clinical improvements;

F.       Fiscal responsibility;

G.     Community outreach;

H.     And any other award recognition/certifications (CAMTS certification is highly recommended, but not required).