Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) recently awarded STAT MedEvac for its outstanding safety record in 2008. HAI gives the award to members who demonstrate an excellent safety record. STAT MedEvac, a nonprofit service of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, flew a total of 11,300 hours last year. The unit also received an FAA Diamond Certificate for 2008.
Dan Nakles, manager of business relations and development, says both awards reflect the hard work of "our pilots, medical flight crews, maintenance technicians and support staff." STAT MedEvac operates from 17 sites under a consortium of hospitals — UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Mercy Hospital.