World leading aircraft manufacturer helps to train world class
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - The Ornge Foundation is pleased to
receive a donation of over $343,000 from Pilatus, the world's leading
manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft. This generous
donation will be used in Ornge's Academy of Transport Medicine (ATM) to
support the simulation program.
The ATM was established in 2007 and provides paramedical education
programs based on an innovative and flexible model that integrates many
different types of learning and area of knowledge into a single,
unified program. Paramedics are trained on state-of-the-art human
patient simulators - life-like models that can mimic human
characteristics. The donation from Pilatus will support various areas
of the simulation program.
"The intense and extensive training done through the Academy of
Transport Medicine at Ornge has developed paramedics who are among the
most highly trained and skilled in the world," said Dr. Christopher
Mazza, Ornge President and CEO. "This generous gift from Pilatus will
help to ensure our front-line staff has the critical knowledge and
theoretical training to provide the highest level of care to the
patients of Ontario."
Ornge's current simulation program includes static and mobile simulators
in adult and child models. The mobile simulation trailer will simulate
the working environments of Ornge's helicopter, airplane, and land
ambulance interiors. This donation will allow the ATM to strengthen
their programming, helping to improve paramedic training and in return
enhance patient care.
"The valuable nature of training that simulators provide is imperative
and essential," said Thomas Bosshard, President and CEO of Pilatus
Business Aircraft Ltd. "We are very impressed with Ornge's constant
efforts to be as up-to-date as possible with the latest medical
technologies in order to provide the best possible care for their
The Ornge Foundation was established in 2008 as a charity to support and
promote improvements made by Ornge in Ontario's transport medicine
service. Its work includes raising funds to purchase medical equipment
for aircraft and land vehicles, educating paramedics and advancing
research efforts needed to care for and improve the treatment of Ornge
Ornge is Canada's leading innovator in the emerging field of transport
medicine. The organization operates from a number of bases across the
province of Ontario and performs approximately 20,000 admissions
annually. It coordinates all aspects of Ontario's aero medical
transport system, the new critical care land transport program, and the
authorization of air and land ambulance transfers between hospitals.
Ornge is dedicated to the provision of high quality patient care
through innovative transport medicine.
For further information:
Regional Media Relations Officer, Ornge