Alexandria, VA. – The MedEvac Foundation International awards the 2020 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship to Robert Rostedt, Clinical Coordinator and Safety Officer of AirLink/VitaLink Critical Care Transport and Olivia Kaullen, Transport Quality and Safety Improvement Program Coordinator for Children’s Mercy Kansas City Critical Care Transport.
SMTA offers formal continuing education for individuals (and their organizations) interested in advancing their understanding of safety systems theory and the application of that theory to the practice of medical transportation. The Academy operates with a meticulous approach to competency-based education, utilizing formal classroom hours, mandatory student participation, written testing, and a code of professional conduct.
Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) began funding the SMTA Scholarship in 2011. “My goals as the Safety Officer include striving to make our program to be an industry leader in safety performance, and to provide our team the safest and most functional environment possible for them to provide outstanding care to our patients and community,” said Rostedt, SMTA 2020 scholarship recipient. “SMTA would provide a unique education opportunity that would increase my understanding of all aspects of safety in the critical care transport industry.”
The scholarship is made possible through a gift to the Foundation by the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA). “AMOA’s singular mission is implementing safety enhancements and improving the safe operation of air medical transportation,” says AMOA Executive Director, Sally Veith. “AMOA’s support of the SMTA Scholarship points to our ongoing commitment to expand safety training for the life-saving transportations we provide.”
The MedEvac Foundation International implemented funding for an additional scholarship in 2018. “Attending SMTA will improve the safety system within my transport program and others by allowing me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and share it with others,” said Kaullen, SMTA 2020 recipient .“By growing my knowledge of safety practices, I will be able to share information with other transport teams I am in contact with not only locally but internationally. When we are able to collaborate, we find ways to improve more quickly and effectively.”
“Ms. Kaullen’s dedication to improving safety at her organization and internationally are the attributes that make her an exemplary candidate for the SMTA scholarship,” added Cameron Curtis, MedEvac Foundation President and CEO. “The safety management skills Olivia will obtain at SMTA will positively impact Children’s Mercy Hospital team, a valued AAMS Member.”
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