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News > American Eurocopter donates $250,000 to the MedEvac Foundation International

American Eurocopter donates $250,000 to the MedEvac Foundation International

October 18, 2011

St. Louis, Missouri – American Eurocopter, the leading provider of helicopters to the Air Medical Transport industry, and the MedEvac Foundation are proud to announce that American Eurocopter has chosen to donate $250,000 to the MedEvac Foundation. The money will be used to support the Foundation and its research to promote safety within the industry. 

MedEvac logo“As the leader in the industry, we know that it is imperative to maintain our ongoing support for research-related projects, like those done by the MedEvac Foundation, that directly impact the air medical industry,” explained Marc Paganini, American Eurocopter President and CEO. “We want to help make sure that the Foundation has the capabilities to continue the great work it does, in particular to improve safety.”

The mission of the MedEvac Foundation is to advance medical transport worldwide through support of research, education, outreach and other charitable services. The Foundation invests in vital data collection infrastructure that will help the medical transport community become more efficient in the delivery of safe, quality air medical and critical care ground transport to all critically ill or injured patients. Funding priorities include research in the areas of safety, program operations and clinical care – all benefiting patients.

“The MedEvac Foundation is delighted to have American Eurocopter's continued strong support, especially through our long-term Vision Zero partnership and with the Foundation's upcoming air medical transport economic impact study. We are thrilled that American Eurocopter has signed on to be the signature sponsor of the recently launched Vision Zero Toolbox," says Kevin Hutton, MD, FACEP, Chairperson, MedEvac Foundation International.

As Dr. Hutton noted, two of the initiatives that American Eurocopter’s donation will help support are the development of a Vision Zero Toolbox and an Economic Impact Study of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) industry.

Web-based Vision Zero Toolbox powered by American Eurocopter
Independently, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and the FAA are strongly encouraging the air medical transport community to implement comprehensive Safety Management Systems (SMS). Thus, many transport programs are looking for assistance and resources. Association of Air Medical Services' (AAMS) Vision Zero program, synonymous with air medical safety vigilance efforts, is an ideal place to house such a dedicated safety knowledge center.  To assist medical transport programs, the Vision Zero Toolbox powered by American Eurocopter was created and is a free web-based knowledge center that leverages and shares industry-wide safety-related resources.  The Vision Zero Toolbox enables the transport community to exchange safety tools, such as reference documents, videos, articles, standards, federal guidelines, annotated bibliographies, and industry best practices.  The Vision Zero Toolbox powered by American Eurocopter is located at

Economic Impact Study of the HEMS Industry 
In the coming year, the MedEvac Foundation will undertake a study that will measure the positive economic impact and value of the air medical or HEMS industry. The study will describe important contributions that the industry makes to the economy and highlights areas of expected progress. In addition, an economic impact study will enable AAMS and its members to use the results to generate and sustain support for air medical transport at the national, state and local levels. The study would include direct and indirect economic impacts.

The donation will be a $200,000 cash donation, spread over four years, and a $50,000 in-kind donation of simulator time at American Eurocopter’s Training Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, which can be used for training in courses such as the new Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions Recovery course.

About MedEvac Foundation

Founded by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), MedEvac Foundation International is dedicated to identifying and promoting air medical and critical care transport best practices and improvements worldwide. The Foundation funds research and disseminates safety, patient care, and operational resources throughout the industry via the web, educational presentations, and printed publications.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.

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