AAMS Welcomes the APFC to the Air Med Community

Front left to right: Julia Sherry, APFC vice chair, Gary Kruger, APFC treasurer, Amelie Buchanan, APFC Chair  Back row left to right: AAMS Board members, including Doug Garretson, Greg Hildenbrand, Robbie Copeland, CEO Rick Sherlock and Chair Marty Arkus

Front left to right: Julia Sherry, APFC vice chair, Gary Kruger, APFC treasurer, Amelie Buchanan, APFC Chair
Back row left to right: AAMS Board members, including Doug Garretson, Greg Hildenbrand, Robbie Copeland, CEO Rick Sherlock and Chair Marty Arkus

The AAMS Board is pleased to formally announce its support for the mission and work of the Association of Professional Flight Chaplains (APFC). At its Wednesday meeting at AMTC in Virginia Beach, the Board voted unanimously to endorse APFC’s mission, and to welcome the flight chaplain association into the community of air medical transport organizations. At the invitation of CEO Rick Sherlock, Amelie Buchanan, co-founder and APFC board chair, spoke at the meeting, highlighting the reasons flight chaplains are a critical part of a healthy flight program. Buchanan said that flight chaplains not only help crews talk through difficult work and personal issues, but that the support of a flight chaplain, day in and day out, allows crews to focus on what is most important – providing the highest quality of medical care to patients, and ensuring operational safety.

“Flight chaplains are an essential link in protecting the industry’s most precious and expensive resource – its crews and staff,” Buchanan said. “Flight chaplains are a good business decision.” The Board’s response was appreciative and enthusiastic.

“It is with gratitude and pleasure that we join the family of air medical transport organizations,” said Julia Sherry, vice chair of the APFC Board of Directors.

At a recent Medicare meeting in Denver, APFC board members Sherry, Gary Krueger and Buchanan met briefly with AAMS Board members, including Marty Arkus, Board Chair, and CEO Rick Sherlock, to express APFC’s appreciation. “We look forward to a continuing, and very positive relationship with AAMS,” said Buchanan.

February 26, 2014 | Blog, General