Alexandria, Va. – Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ: AIRM) has presented a $100,000 pledge to MedEvac Foundation International, as part of its continuing commitment to advance air-medical safety through greater research and education, while also supporting the organization’s valuable charitable endeavors.
“The research and education of air-medical transport programs is an essential component of Air Methods Corporation’s commitment to safe, quality patient transport and is vital to our mission of saving lives,” said Aaron Todd, chief executive officer of Air Methods. “It is our hope that this donation will enhance these important MedEvac Foundation initiatives, which are designed to support the entire industry, while also assisting in carrying out the Foundation’s charitable aims.”
“We greatly appreciate Air Methods Corporation’s generous donation,” said MedEvac Foundation International Chair Kevin Hutton, MD, FACEP. “This funding helps fulfill the mission and vision of the Foundation, which is to empower people and organizations to make a difference in medical transport across the globe, and to advance medical transport worldwide through research, education, outreach and charitable services.”
The Air Methods Corp. donation will help support implementation of the MedEvac Foundation’s:
• 2010 research and education grants, the recipients of which will be named in June 2010. Grant projects receiving funding in 2009 included research on the use of ultrasound stroke treatment in helicopter transport and studies assessing cognitive fatigue in pilots and air-medical crews, among others.
• Family Grant Fund, which provides financial assistance to families following a fatal air-medical crash.
• Children’s Scholarship Fund, which supports higher education for children who have lost a parent or guardian as a result of an air-medical accident.
Air Methods Corp. is the largest air medical transportation company in the world. MedEvac Foundation International is the charitable and research arm of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). The pledge was secured during the recent Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo conference in Dallas, Texas.
For details about MedEvac Foundation International or to donate, contact Leanna Jackson at 703-836-8732 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for a grant, contact Amber Bullington at 703-836-8732 or email@example.com, or visit www.medevacfoundation.org/.
About Air Methods Corp. – Air Methods Corporation (www.airmethods.com) is a leader in emergency air medical transportation and medical services. The Hospital Based Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services for hospitals. The Community Based Services Division is one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. The Products Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Company's fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 300 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
About MedEvac Foundation International – The MedEvac Foundation International is the first organization of its kind to engage, mobilize and empower people and organizations to make a difference in medical transport worldwide. Through research, education, outreach, and charitable services, we seek to improve the safety, quality and delivery of medical transportation for patients everywhere.
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