Airbus Helicopters, September 23, 2014 - NASHVILLE, TN – Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) honored leaders of the air medical transport industry Monday 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 Foundation International.
“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. is the leading U.S. provider of new helicopters for air medical transport and EMS missions with a 75 percent market share over the last decade. The company’s industry leading product range includes high performance single-engine, light twin-engine and medium twin-engine aircraft.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting at the Air Medical Transport Conference, Booth 523.
About Airbus Helicopters Inc: Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is a manufacturer, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.