Launched in 2017, the Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship, sponsored by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, is awarded to an emerging leader in the critical care transport field who actively contributes to the leadership of the medical transport community and/or who demonstrates a commitment to improving patient care through research in the critical care transport industry.
For 2019, the Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship Program will cover one scholarship to the MTLI Graduate School to be held April 28 – May 3 in Oglebay, West Virginia.
The total amount of the award is $2500. The scholarship criteria are as follows:
- Active involvement in air medical transport as either an aviation or healthcare related professional.
- Commitment to improving air medical transport.
- Membership in the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).If your organization is a member of AAMS, you are a member of AAMS.
If you are uncertain, please contact the AAMS/MedEvac Foundation office at 703-836-8732.
- Completed application, which will include four required short essay questions, letter of support from your supervisor and your résumé.
Dr. Wedel was a native of Kansas, who performed her critical care fellowship at Shock Trauma of Baltimore, also known as Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. After completing her fellowship, she moved to Boston with her husband, Dr. Alasdair Conn. Dr. Wedel worked at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital before assuming the role of CEO and medical director of Boston MedFlight for the next 26 years. Under her tutelage and guidance, Boston MedFlight became one of the premier life flight programs in the country and grew from one helicopter to four, with an expansion into critical care ground transport and long distance transfers by dedicated fixed wing aircraft that transport more than 3,500 patients a year.
Dr. Wedel was a decisive leader, patient advocate, strong activist of critical care transport as a specialty and a recognized expert in her field. A career intensivist, she helped create the industry in which she became so well-known, working tirelessly to help bring tertiary-quality care out to critically ill and injured patients, where and when they need it. She was passionate about high quality patient care in a safe environment for patients and crews. Following Suzanne’s diagnosis in late 2012, she used her tenacity and leadership to become an outspoken advocate for awareness and early detection and research in ovarian cancer.
Sadly, Dr. Suzanne Wedel passed away from ovarian cancer on March 30, 2016. The MedEvac Foundation, in partnership with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, is proud to continue the education of future industry leaders in Dr. Wedel’s name.
Meet the 2019 Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship Recipient!
Douglas Berry, Air Medical Base Supervisor at LifeFlight of Michigan/PHI Air Medical
Mr. Berry is receiving the scholarship because of his hard work to help educate government officials on the broad spectrum of efforts being made to improve safety and also his active involvement in improving safety throughout the state of Michigan. Because of his commitment, he has gone to great strides to increase his knowledge of the medical aspects of the critical care industry.
“I believe as an industry we need to look at where our resources are located especially in the rural areas where we continue to see hospital facilities closing and how do we provide care for patients in those areas who deserve access to excellent health care.” stated Douglas. “We as leaders need to support the staff that is at risk and give them resources, we have to assure safety.”
W. Ashley Smith, President / Director of Operations at Jet Logistics, Inc.
Mr. Smith receives the scholarship based on his dedication to safety and quality measures not only at Jet Logistics, Inc., but also in the wider medical transport industry. Because of his myriad of experiences, he has gone to great strides to increase his knowledge of the medical aspects of the industry.
“Every industry faces change, on an annual basis if not daily, and the air medical transportation business is no different,” says Smith. “Graduate school helps to keep attendees up to date on the latest events, trends, and changes in the industry.”