Since 2005, the MedEvac Foundation has worked tirelessly towards “taking care of our own” by funding research, providing continuing education and grants and assisting your families in the event of tragedy. The Foundation is always striving to spread the message that air medical and critical care ground transport saves lives. By collaborating with the global medical transport community, we continue to learn from each other and promote safe practices. Most importantly, the MedEvac Foundation’s “Taking Care of Our Own” initiative is there for your family.
The MedEvac Foundation International has joined with Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) and the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) to combine our commitment towards our Taking Care of Our Own initiative.
Together, we developed an educational safety event that will address post-traumatic stress and the support available to the Critical Care Services. Multiple educational Taking Care of Our Own events will take place nationally, please see event page for dates and locations.
The Family Grant Fund offers financial assistance to families of air medical and critical care ground transport crew members immediately following a fatal or serious accident to cover unanticipated costs. The Fund was created to assist with expenses such as travel and lodging, a leave of absence from work, childcare, and medical and bereavement services.
The grant is paid directly to the affected family and does not need to be applied for or repaid.
The tragedy of a medical transport accident is permanent and will last a lifetime, especially when children are involved. In an effort to respond to this need, the MedEvac Foundation developed a higher education scholarship for children who have lost a parent or had a parent seriously injured in an air medical or critical care ground transport accident. Selected applicants will be awarded a one-time scholarship.
It was an incredibly important experience for me to win the 2012 MedEvac Foundation Children’s Scholarship. Knowing I was being supported by the work of my father, who passed away working to help others, was really special for me.
Geoff D., Children’s Scholarship recipient
Vision Zero addresses the essential components of building a community culture of safety. At its core, Vision Zero is a symbol of the medical transport community’s safety awareness and vigilance. Education, awareness and vigilance are used collaboratively to enhance the safety culture community-wide. The MedEvac Foundation is proud to provide funding that has revitalized this critical AAMS safety initiative.
Helicopter Shopping Video
This video provides an education curriculum to inform requesting agencies (i.e. dispatch centers, emergency rooms, etc) about the limitations of helicopters during hazardous weather conditions. The purpose is to eliminate “helicopter shopping” – when a requesting agency calls several air medical programs asking them to transport a patient after other programs have declined the flight due to weather conditions. This video is free and may be reproduced to distribute to requesting agencies throughout the community.
To request a copy, please contact the Foundation office at +1-703-836-8732 or email@example.com.
The Digital Safety Stories present personal stories concerning safety issues of those working on the front lines of the transport industry. Each participant has a different story to share with their peers to enhance our safety culture. Most of the stories do not involve an actual crash, but the everyday occurrences of becoming complacent, not speaking up for whatever reason, or not being prepared. Some involve doing the right thing such as the positive impact of safety training, using night vision goggles, and utilizing restraints.
Challenge coins were born out of military tradition and symbolize honor, respect, duty, accountability, and esprit de corps. The Vision Zero challenge coin is not only a symbol, but also a tool to help bring focus individually and industry-wide to the human factors that impact crews getting home safely. Order challenge coins for you and/or your team here.
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Hour Champions are a special group of engaged supporters making a difference in the medical transport community with regular gifts. Hour Champions provide a reliable source of support each month or quarter so the MedEvac Foundation may stay focused on critical safety and medical transport issues.
Make a difference by giving an hour of your salary or another amount once a month. Monthly giving is easy! Just sign up for automatic deductions from a debit or credit card and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift is going where it is needed most, by the most cost-effective means possible. Become an Hour Champion today.