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Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) honored leaders of the air medical
transport industry for their efforts to improve safety and quality
of service. The annual Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award and
the Program of the Year award, both sponsored by AHI, were
presented to recipients at the Air Medical Transport Conference
Annual Community Awards.
PHI Air Medical President David Motzkin was honored with
the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award, given annually to an
individual who has made significant contributions promoting
aviation safety within the air medical transport community.
Under Motzkin’s direction, PHI has focused on its Destination
Zero program, the goal of achieving zero accidents, incidents
and injuries. He has helped change attitudes and behaviors
of PHI personnel to believe that zero accidents is not only an
attainable goal, but is the only acceptable number. Motzkin has
given every employee authority to “Stand Up, Speak Out, and
Take Action” to stop unsafe work practices.
“I am honored to have been nominated and selected for this
prestigious award,” said Motzkin. “ This award is really recognition
for the professional men and women of PHI Air Medical, who
believe that zero is possible and that their actions each and every
day define what it is to work and be safe. I am extraordinarily
proud of them and their commitment to safety in all that they do.”
“ There is no higher priority than improving the safety record of
the air medical transport industry and Airbus Helicopters Inc.
is proud to honor David and PHI for providing innovation and
leadership,” said President and CEO Marc Paganini.
Motzkin’s efforts have influenced others in the industry and led
to increased use of flight data recording and monitoring. He
is active in Air Medical Operators Association and Helicopter
Association International safety initiatives, and established the
industry’s first Air Medical Honor Guard.
“ What makes this important is not that it is given to one person
or company, rather, it represents the collective commitment of
our industry to be safe – not one company, but all of us,” said
Motzkin. “ We recognize that when something happens to one
of us, it impacts all of us. At PHI, we remain committed to doing
whatever we can to ensure the safety of our people, our patients
and our colleagues in the industry.”
Tom Allenstein, Chief Operating Officer of MedFlight of Ohio,
was presented with the prestigious Program of the Year award
by Jennifer Hardcastle, Air Medical Sales Manager for Airbus
Helicopters Inc. The award is given annually to an emergency
medical services (EMS) program that has demonstrated superior
levels of safety consciousness, patient care, quality leadership
and community and industry service.
“ There may be many reasons for us to receive Program of the
Year recognition, but the most important factor is the MedFlight
crews who are exceptional at serving our clients with a servant’s
heart,” said MedFlight CEO Rod Crane. “Our client satisfaction
scores are consistently greater than 98 out of a possible 100
points, but we strive to serve a greater population than just our
patients,” said Crane. “In addition to our many ongoing programs,
we serve where needed, whether it’s sending a team and trucks
to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, or helping lay the
groundwork for medical helicopter installations in China.”
Recognized as one of the top air medical programs in the country,
MedFlight of Ohio transports more than 6,000 patients each year.
MedFlight’s Education Department operates a Human Simulation
motor coach that travels to rural Ohio hospitals to train nurses
and EMS providers. MedFlight Radio provides clinical education
and leadership podcasts to healthcare providers throughout
the world. MedFlight also gives back to the industry through an
annual work place giving campaign benefitting the MedEvac
“ We are proud to receive this award, but we also recognize all
flight programs, medical teams and aviation crews serving day
and night across our country who work just as hard,” said Crane.
“MedFlight of Ohio goes above and beyond to serve not only
their community, but the industry as well and richly deserves
this award,” said Paganini.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. honors leaders
in air medical industry
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