Journal of the San Juan Islands


SJ Island EMS, Island Air earn national 'Excellence' award

October 25, 2013 · 12:29 PM

From left; Will Hamilton, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, Island Air owner Jackie Hamilton and Cole Hamilton pose for photograph in Larsen's D.C. office. In Hamilton's hands is the AAMS 2013 Award of Excellence. / Contributed photo

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services and Friday Harbor-based Island Air are co-recipients of a national award of excellence for their partnership in the fixed wing air ambulance service operating in the San Juans.

On Oct. 21, the Association of Air Medical Service bestowed its 2013 Fixed Wing Award of Excellence to Island Air and San Juan EMS at an air medical transport conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Award of Excellence, sponsored by LifePort, a Sikorsky AeroSpace Services company, is a competitive industry honor recognizing leadership and significant contributions by an individual or team in the enhancement, development and improvement of patient care or safety in fixed-wing air ambulance service.

Established in 2007, the nationally accredited fixed wing air ambulance service operated by San Juan EMS and Island offers an alternative to travel by ferry or by helicopoter in emergency or critical situations.


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