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Air ambulance contract awarded

YELLOWKNIFE (January 5, 2015) – Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy announced today that the Stanton Territorial Health Authority (STHA) has awarded the air ambulance contract to Air Tindi Ltd. and Advanced Medical Solutions Inc., dba ACCESS (Aeromedical Critical Care Emergency Services Specialists). The eight-year contract was awarded following an extensive evaluation process by STHA and the Department of Health and Social Services.

“Air ambulance service is an essential part of the NWT Health Care System and integral in ensuring patients across the NWT can receive the best care possible,” said Minister Abernethy. “These are very large and important contracts and finding a contractor to meet all of our needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner was extremely important. A lot of work was done in putting together the responses we received and in the evaluation process and I am pleased with the outcome.”

“We are excited to have been awarded this contract,” said Al Martin, President of Air Tindi. “Working with Advanced Medical Solutions, we will be implementing innovations through replacement aircraft and more dedicated facilities to allow us to provide the best quality of care to NWT residents. We look forward to working closely with the team at Stanton Territorial Health Authority.”

“Air Tindi,  Advance Medical Solutions and Stanton Territorial Health Authority have worked closely together during the past seven years to establish a best-in-class air ambulance service for the Northwest Territories. We are very excited to build on our current relationship and provide an even better solution for air ambulance services.  We are proud of the changes the new contract offers, most importantly, the opportunity to enhance the training and specialized competencies of our current critical care teams enabling us to deliver patient care at its highest level,” said Sean Ivens, President and CEO of Advanced Medical Solutions Inc.

With the current contracts for the air ambulance service ending March 31, 2015, STHA issued a Request for Proposals on April 28, 2014. The submission period closed on June 20, 2014 and four proposals were received.

The current air ambulance contract is held by Air Tindi Ltd., while the personnel services contract has been held by Advanced Medical Solutions (AMS) Inc. The contract for Air Tindi has cost $53.9 million from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2014, while the contract held by AMS has cost $18.2 million from August 15, 2007 to March 31, 2014.

Over the past five years, there were an average of just over 1000 yearly flight dispatches. Using aircraft specifically fitted with medical equipment and staffed with appropriate medical personnel, air ambulance services transport sick or injured people to and from healthcare facilities in the NWT and Alberta.

Backgrounder – Air Ambulance Services

Media inquiries:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the NWT
Tel:  867) 669-2302
Email:   brenda_norris@gov.nt.ca

 

Alasdair Martin
President, Air Tindi
Cell:  (867) 444-9082