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AAMS Announces Life Flight Network’s CEO, Michael Griffiths as Program Director of the Year

AURORA, Ore., Oct. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) announced Michael Griffiths, CEO of Life Flight Network (LFN), has been named the 2015 Program Director of the Year. At an awards ceremony last night in Long Beach, California, Griffiths was praised for his achievements in bringing industry leading air ambulance service to rural populations. The award is exclusively reserved for those who have demonstrated a superior level of knowledge and management prowess, quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, marketing ingenuity, community service, and a commitment to the emergency medical community as a whole. The award took into consideration the program’s financial stability, improvements Griffiths has made to the program, and his positive relationships with the staff and community.

Griffiths has been a key factor in LFN’s successful and innovative operations since assuming the position of CEO in 2007. The company’s focus has been on timely access to air ambulance services, safety, quality, and customer service. Feedback and honest assessments from LFN patients have helped shape the company’s strategic priorities and vision for where the organization should be.

Consistent superior quality critical care by LFN’s medical professionals has been replicated throughout all aspects of the organization. This would not be possible without Griffiths’ leadership on safety, quality, and his continual drive to improve the organization. Oregon Business consistently ranks LFN as one of the top 10 non-profits to work for.

Griffiths stated, “I am honored to be recognized by AAMS as the 2015 Program Director of the Year.” He goes on to add, “The success of Life Flight Network is the result of top notch employees who believe in our mission. I am proud to be part of an organization that provides access to safe, unparalleled critical care service. We want to be the best part of what might be someone’s worst, or even last day. We owe it to our patients to be the best we can be.”

LFN would like to thank Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company, for their sponsorship of the Program Director of the Year award.

About Life Flight Network

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, has 16 helicopters bases, six fixed-wing bases, and several ground ambulances throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Life Flight Network has administrative offices in Aurora, Oregon and is owned by a consortium of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health & Services-Oregon. Rotor-wing services are provided by Life Flight Network. Fixed-wing services are provided by Life Flight Network, AvCenter, and Jackson Jet Center. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.

For more information, contact: Justin Dillingham, Chief Customer Officer jdillingham@lifeflight.org 503-678-4364

Source: Life Flight Network