**ALL Nominations are currently CLOSED**
Congratulations to our 2019 winners!
Nominations for 2020 are coming soon!
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.
HealthNet Aeromedical Services
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.
Helenka Marcinek, MD
AirLink Critical Care Transport & Med-Trans Corporation
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.
Barbara A. Hess Research & Education Award
Sponsored by AAMS
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.
Jacqueline C. Stocking, PhD, MBA, MSN, NEA-BC, CMTE, CEN, CFRN, FP-C, CCP-C, RN, NREMT-P
University of California Davis Health & Air Medical Journal
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.
Carilion Clinic Life-Guard & Med-Trans Corporation
Airbus Helicopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award
asks….What can you contribute to earn $10,000?
University of Mississippi Medical Center – AirCare’s Brock Whitson
AAMS Fixed Wing Award of Excellence
Sponsored by LifePort
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.
Alberta Health Services EMS Air Ambulance
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.
EagleMed Great Bend 797, a Med-Trans Program
AAMS Neonatal/Pediatric 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.
Air St. Luke’s Maternal Child Team
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.)
Debbie Boudreaux, MSN, RN
Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport
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.
2019 Excellence in Community Service Award Winner
Debi Hastilow, RN, EMT-P, CMTE
For leadership in critical care stress management and efforts in creating
the MedFlight Peer Animal Assisted Wellness Support Program (PAWS).
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In 2018, Debi Hastilow, a long-time MedFlight Flight Nurse, came to MedFlight’s Management with her trusted canine companion “Ollie” with a proposal to begin from scratch a Critical Care Stress Management Team (CISM) to help her fellow employees and others in the community. There were other law enforcement and military-affiliated programs but nothing specifically in Ohio for air, MICU, ambulance or dispatch providers, in addition to those emotionally impacted with traumatic incidents who request MedFlight to transport the sick and injured.
MedFlight of Ohio partners with community hospital nurses, doctors, fire, EMS and law enforcement that have limited resources to turn to for post critical incident stress. Debi Hastilow recognized this need as a seasoned flight nurse and wanted to make a difference. She educated herself professionally, acquired and worked to create the program with her trusted canine “Ollie” and a select group of trained volunteer MedFlight partners to begin PAWS outreach to those in need after a death of a colleague, post-depression from a traumatic incident and numerous other challenging life-changing events throughout Ohio. Debi’s CISM PAWS Program is the only program resource for some of these remote locations and EMS agencies to get assistance from a “peer” agency.
Not only has Debi helped numerous Ohioans outside of MedFlight, with critical incident stress situations, she also helped her own colleagues upon the death of a fellow crew member in November 2018. Debi’s PAWS efforts touched numerous MedFlight employees and worked with them while she also suffered the loss of her cherish colleague who passed away of natural causes while on duty for MedFlight. Ollie and Debi where always there for partners to reach out and talk. Debi also helped the impacted community EMS service’s who worked with Mark outside of MedFlight. Debi assembled and coordinated numerous support functions in various locations until she was sure everyone was supported and touched that needed assistance. The work on this PAWS project alone took weeks and was felt by all at MedFlight of Ohio.
To quote one rural EMS provider partner, who lost a fellow nurse that was flown by MedFlight, “you guys are always great to work with but I can’t say enough about your CISM program. We were hurting so bad and (PAWS Program) really helped us cope with… To have some of you who understand what we go through and what it is like to lose one of our own people… We can’t say enough…” While the results may not be empirical, clearly the emotional support of the PAWS program to MedFlight’s customers was beyond measure. Through Debi’s leadership, the CISM PAWS Program was designed and implemented with amazing results. MedFlight hopes to continue this valued community program and Debi Hastilow made it possible as a resource for those in the future who need help.