STARS announces $500,000 commitment from RBC
Foundation to support development of Education and Training
The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society announces $500,000 commitment from the RBC Foundation (left to right holding cheque: Dave McKay, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC; Rod Gantefoer, Executive Vice President of the STARS Foundation, and; Rob Johnston, Regional President, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Western, RBC)
WINNIPEG, May 23, 2013 - The Shock Trauma Air Rescue
Society (STARS) today announced a $500,000 commitment from
the RBC Foundation towards the development of a STARS Mobile
Education Program in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The funds
will be divided equally between the two provinces.
"RBC is proud to support the STARS Mobile Education
Program to educate and train emergency medical care providers
like physicians, nurses and paramedics who work outside of
major centers," said David McKay, group head, Personal
& Commercial Banking, RBC. "Together, through responsible
community investment and partnerships with outstanding organizations
like STARS, we can make a difference in Manitoba, Saskatchewan
and in all the other communities - large and small - where
we are privileged to operate."
The STARS Mobile Education Program was launched in Alberta
in 1999 and it was the first mobile program of its kind in
North America. Designed to remove barriers such as distance
to critical care training, STARS personnel will train rural
emergency care practitioners in their own communities using
advanced human patient simulators. The program for Manitoba
and Saskatchewan is currently in development, and STARS will
announce additional details later this year.
"Now that our bases in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are
fully operational, the time is right for STARS to embark upon
the next phase of its service - expansion of 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."
Since 1990, RBC has donated more than $1.2 million to the
STARS service, including today's announcement. RBC joins a
number of donors working together to make the Mobile Education
Program available in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
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 Winnipeg,
Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie.
About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability
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operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately
80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15
million personal, business, public sector and institutional
clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries.
RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and
environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 - 2013 Dow
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Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC
is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's 50
Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global
100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through
donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities.
In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide,
including donations and community investments of more than
$64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.
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