STARS News Release
RBC donation to STARS focused on education and training
May 14, 2013
Regina, SK, May 14, 2013 – The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) and RBC today announced an exciting partnership with a $500,000 commitment from RBC Foundation towards the development of a STARS mobile education and training program in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The funds announced today will be divided equally between the two provinces.
"At RBC, we are passionate about our commitment to helping build healthy, vibrant communities, and earning the right to be our clients’ first choice," shared David McKay, RBC Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking. "Together, through responsible community investment and partnerships with outstanding organizations like STARS, we want to help to make a difference here in Saskatchewan and in all the other communities - large and small - where we are privileged to operate."
Designed to remove barriers such as distance to critical care training, the mobile education program would see STARS personnel training rural emergency care practitioners in their own communities. Currently in the development stage, STARS expects to officially announce details later this year.
“Now that our two bases are fully operational, the time seems right for STARS to embark upon the next phase of its service, which is expanding emergency care knowledge and skills into rural areas,” said Rod Gantefoer executive vice president of the STARS Foundation. “At STARS, it’s all about the patient. Whether it’s the EMS paramedic first on scene or the emergency room nurse, that initial front line care is so important to the chain of survival. By sharing our physician-led training, we’re helping ensure patients receive the best care in rural and remote areas.”
RBC joins a number of donors working together to make the mobile education program a reality in Saskatchewan.
RBC, a leading North American financial services company, has been supporting STARS in Alberta since 1990 and with the gift announced today, has reached an accumulative giving level of $1.2 million to the STARS service.
STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Winnipeg.
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