Yorkshire Air Ambulance Bags the 2017 Air Ambulance Service Award

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has bagged a prestigious award at the Health Business Award, held in London. The air ambulance was declared the winner of the 2017 Air Ambulance Service award. The national-level awards are aimed at recognizing and celebrating significant contributions made by different organizations and individuals whose work pertains to the NHS.

Successful Event Held in London

The awards were given out at a star-studded event held at the Grange Hotel in London. They were presented by Dr. Phil Hammond, who is a broadcaster, journalist, and physician. As mentioned earlier, the Health Business Award helps provide recognition while celebrating the contributions made by organizations and individuals working with the NHS.

Impressive Contributions Resulted in Yorkshire Winning the Air Ambulance Service Award

Considering the contributions made by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, it’s no surprise that they bagged the coveted award. The air ambulance serves five million people living in the Yorkshire area and carried out in excess of 1,250 missions each year.

To carry out their life-saving air ambulance service, the charity has to raise £12,000 each day, which means they need at least £1.4 million in a year to continue running their service.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has managed to bring two new helicopters into full service during the past 12 months. The new helicopters are state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and they’ve each been equipped with advanced medical equipment to assist their crew in saving lives.

The air ambulance is constantly improving the quality of service they provide. Towards the end of 2017, they were given permission to carry out their operations at night. This enabled them to help save more lives. They have also started carrying blood on board so they can carry out emergency blood transfusions whenever necessary to help save lives.

Department of Defense Honors Medical Flight Service CEO with Patriot Award

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance’s CEO, Jason Siegert received the Patriot Award under a Department of Defense program. The award was presented by Carol Smetana, a representative of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on April 20. Through this award, the medical flight service CEO was recognized as a supervisor who supports service members of the National Guard and Reserve.

More about the Patriot Award

The Patriot Award is given out by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program under the Department of Defense. The award is an award of recognition for supervisors who show their support for service members of the National Guard and Reserve. In order to qualify for the award, employees or family members of employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve have to nominate you because of your support for military service.

Employers can show their support through a wide variety of methods such as flexible schedules, granting necessary leaves of absence, time off before and after deployment, etc. And the medical flight service headed by Jason Siegret adopted several of these measures to support their service member employees.

More about the Medical Flight Service CEO

Angel MedFlight’s CEO, Jason Siegret expressed his gratitude for receiving the award. He stated that their company does their best to support every associate, especially those who serve or have served the country. He also mentioned how their efforts were nothing in comparison to the service these people have provided to the country.

Jason has been leading the executive team of Angel MedFlight since 2014, first serving as President. More recently, he became the Chief Executive Officer. Before working with Angel MedFlight, he worked for Health Management Associates as the Director of Operations Finance.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service Shortlisted for National Award

Wiltshire Air Ambulance found great success in their fundraising efforts the past year. This success has received recognition in the form of a national award nomination. The air ambulance service is in line to win a national fundraising award from the Institute of Fundraising. The winner will be announced on November 29.

Operational Changes and Fundraising Efforts for the Air Ambulance Service

In 2015, Wiltshire Air Ambulance saw fundamental changes in their operations. While they previously shared one aircraft with Wiltshire Police, they received a new helicopter for a stand-alone air ambulance. So their operational costs went up to from £700,000 to £2.5 million per year.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance also celebrated its silver jubilee the same year and did so with several fundraising events. Through these fundraising efforts, the air ambulance service was able to raise £3.06 million and surpassed its target for the year.  Other changes for WAA included carrying blood on board, which enabled its crew to carry out critical blood transfusions for patients.

Successful Fundraising and Standing in Line for a National Award

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is currently in line to win an award under the fundraising charity of the year (small) category. Rebecca de la Bedoyere, the charity’s fundraising manager, has expressed their excitement to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The charity is one of four charities in the country that have been shortlisted for this award.

Earlier this year, Wiltshire Air Ambulance also won an award for lottery operator of the year, given out at the Lotteries Council Awards 2016. The charity has received immense support from Wiltshire residents and the neighboring counties. Bedoyere thanks all their supporters, as they are the ones helping them stay operational and saving the lives of critically ill and injured people in the region.

Air Medical Transport Paramedic Gets National Safety Award

Bill Landon who is associated with Care Flight, which is an air medical transport company, was recently awarded the Lynn Stevens Excellence in Safety award by ASTNA or Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association. The event was held on October 21 of this year in Long Beach, California.

A Little About the Air Medical Transport Paramedic

Bill gave wings to his career in 1998 when he became a part of the air medical transport industry in Greenley, Colorado. He became a part of Care Flight, five years later, in 2003. However, one of his biggest achievements came in 2005 where he was instrumental in bringing a safety committee into existence.

This committee is made up of managers, maintenance professionals, communication specialists, pilots and medical personnel. Bill is the chairperson of this committee at present, which meets twice a month to review the safety situation of the air medical transport company that employs him.

A Bit More About Bill Landon

Bill is well qualified for his job having attained various academic credentials. He has received education pertaining to safety and critical care from University of Maryland in Baltimore. He has been certified by Board of Critical Care Transport Paramedic.

Apart from that he has been certified by Air and Surface Nurses Transport association along with Association of Air Medical Services Safety Management Training Academy. His credentials make him perfect to take care of safety standards.

His exemplary work in the field is what has won him the award which is presented annually to those personalities who have positively contributed towards safety initiatives that impacts the transport community in totality.

Care Flight Air Medical Transport itself has been in the industry for over 35 years providing critical care to north-eastern Sierra and Nevada with several bases in the regions. It is a non-profit air medical transport company.