Lewisville, Texas, - Krista Haugen, Director of Patient Safety and Medical Risk Management for Med-Trans Corporation since 2016, has been given the prestigious 2017 Jim Charlson Safety Award by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). AAMS' highest safety award, sponsored by Airbus Helicopters, Inc., recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the enhancement, development, and promotion of aviation safety.
After surviving a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service crash in Olympia, Wash. in 2005, a month after three of her colleagues perished in another crash, Krista found Krista Haugen herself in uncharted territory. She became aware that the magnitude of resources needed after this type of trauma was not available.
Haugen, a flight nurse, reached out to flight nurses Megan Hamilton, Teresa Keeler and Jonathan Godfrey, also HEMS crash survivors. They shared their post-crash experiences and recognized a gap in the air medical transport industry and they filled it. The need was clear and the Survivors Network for the Air Medical Community was born.