The AAMS Community Awards include nine (9) different awards that are given out during the Awards Banquet 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.

2016 Online Nomination Form | Vision Zero Award Worksheet | AAMS Awards Worksheet

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Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. – What can you contribute to earn $10,000?

What has your organization done to raise the bar for safety that you can share with the industry? 

Tell us how you have worked to achieve a higher level of safety in air medical aviation. If you are the award winner, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will contribute up to $10,000 toward your future efforts of promoting safety within your organization.

Who is eligible?

All AAMS Programs and/or Operators 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 own organization. Note: this is not intended to be an individual award.

What are we looking for?

Is your organization an industry leader in promoting safety? We want your new and innovative ideas to promote safety that can be shared with the entire air ambulance community. Have you risen above the industry and distinguished yourself by implementing innovations in developing risk assessment tools, safety procedures, quality management, dispatching, crew training, etc. that could be successfully adopted by EMS programs or operators to improve EMS aviation safety? Has any program or operator committed resources for equipment and training that exceed expectations and go beyond the norm to enhance safety for all of us? We want to encourage innovation and creative thinking and want to share what you are doing with the rest of the industry.

How could you use your award?

As part of your nomination, tell us how we can help you. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will contribute up to $10,000 to help the award winner’s efforts to promote safety. Maybe you could use more money for additional crew training. Maybe you need another set of NVG’s, or other safety equipment. Perhaps you need some financial help developing more GPS approaches, or as seed money to develop a new innovation for promoting safe operations. You tell us, and if you win, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will make this outstanding contribution to your efforts in promoting safety within your program. The award money is intended to be applied directly toward the safety effort, and should not be applied to general overhead expenses.

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AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award 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.  Although eligibility requires membership with the Association of Air Medical Services, the recipient 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 type of support personnel who have been 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 medical transport organization(s) or individual candidate must be a member of AAMS (either Regular, Affiliate, Associate 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 AAMS Award within the last 3 calendar years.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

1. The project should be based upon a need that was identified within the service community / customer base by the Candidate/Organization(s). The Candidate/Organization(s) must show how the need was fulfilled through the project.

2. Candidate/Organization must detail ONE project from conception to implementation. The project should not be one that is focused or geared to merely provide increased transport volume or revenue for the organization but rather to make a difference in the lives of others. This may include their service area community(ies) or referring/receiving agencies.  The project will also be judged on creativity and/or originality.

3. Must be able to illustrate a clear and measurable positive impact to the service community / customer base.  Submissions will be judged on how well the project met the scope of its objectives.

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

5. Support documentation should be provided that may include digital photos, digital video files, letters of support from community leaders/customers, and/or documents developed for the project.

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AAMS Excellence in Transport Leadership Award (formally known as the ‘Program Director of the Year Award’) recognizes an emergency medical program leader who has demonstrated a superior level of knowledge and management prowess, 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 Director, Program Manager, Regional Director, Program/Company CEO, etc.)

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

JUDGING CRITERIA: Number of years in the position, how the program leader has made the program fiscally sound, how the individual has expanded the role or scope of the program, what improvements the individual has made, how the individual relates to the staff and community, and staff testimonials.
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AAMS Neonatal / Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made a significant contribution to the overall enhancement, development, leadership and/or promotion of neonatal / pediatric patient care, education, research, or safety in the medical transport setting.

Eligibility: Any medical, aviation, communication, management, or support personnel (operators, equipment companies, etc.) who are actively involved in the medical transport community and are members of AAMS.

Judging Criteria: Impact on neonatal and pediatric-specific medical transport, the enhancement of safe neonatal / pediatric transport procedures, the improvement of neonatal / pediatric patient care, encouragement of others or contributions to the community which promote improvements in neonatal / pediatric transport and patient care, and/or enhancement of overall conditions under which proper neonatal / pediatric transport occurs.

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AAMS Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made an outstanding contribution in a dedicated Critical Care Ground program in any of the following areas: enhancing safety, education, leadership, patient advocacy by developing or promoting improvement of patient care in the medical transport community.

ELIGIBILITY:  Medical, administrative, communication or support personnel who are involved with the care and transport of the sick and/or injured through a dedicated Critical Care Ground program/service.  The CCG Award of Excellence may be awarded for an overall patient care contribution or a particular transport situation/outcome. Candidates must be AAMS members or be employed by members of AAMS.

JUDGING CRITERIA:  Promotion or enhancement of safe and proper transport procedures (not putting themselves, any other crew members, or the patient at any risk) and/or enhancement of overall conditions under which transport occurs.  The improvement of patient care while maintaining professional expertise, and participation in industry associations.

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AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence recognizes an individual/team that has made significant contributions to enhance the development or promote the improvement of patient care and/or safety, specifically in the fixed wing component of the air medical transport community.

ELIGIBILITY:  Medical, aviation, communication or support personnel who are involved with the safe and professional care and transportation of the sick and/or injured as a member or employee of a member in an AAMS fixed wing program.  This may be awarded for an overall patient care contribution or a particular transport situation/outcome.

JUDGING CRITERIA:  Promotion or enhancement of patient care by maintaining and or enhancing safe and proper transport procedures (not putting themselves, any other crew members, or the patient at any risk), professional expertise, and participation in industry associations.

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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:   Number of years in the position, how the individual has added value to the program through education of the crew, what improvements the individual has made, how the individual relates to the staff and community, and staff testimonials.  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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Barbra A. Hess Research & Education Award 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.

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, affiliate or associate) or be a personal member of AAMS.

JUDGING CRITERIA:  Number of articles, chapters or books published, the number of research abstracts/papers presented, the number of lectures given, membership and participation in industry associations.

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

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

JUDGING CRITERIA:  Demonstration that “Safety comes first”, aviation expertise, membership, and participation in community associations.

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Marriott-Carlson Lifetime Achievement & Leadership 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: Impact on or contribution to the industry, involvement in community organizations including leadership positions, the number of years of membership in community organizations, encouragement of others to join community organizations, and encouragement of others to promote the emergency medical transport community.

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Program of the Year Award recognizes an emergency medical program (national or international) that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, 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.

ELIGIBILITY:  The program must have been in operation for at least 5 years in the medical transport community (rotor wing, fixed wing, and/or critical care ground), accident-free for the last 12 months, and a current voting member of AAMS.

JUDGING CRITERIA:  Number of years in operation, how the program has worked to be fiscally sound, accident-free for 12 months, customer service indicators, QA benchmarks, improvements in reimbursement criteria/revenue generation, and winner or applicant for other awards.  CAMTS certification is highly recommended, but not required.