A Commitment to Community
Medavie EMS places great importance on community involvement. Employees throughout our group of companies are encouraged to support local initiatives by organizing events and fundraising. This involvement provides the opportunity to support the village, town or city where staff live, while promoting paramedics and the entire EMS system. We also support community events by providing paramedics and ambulances to such events.
Medavie Blue Cross has launched its new community involvement strategy called Building Healthy Communities™ to improve lives and support healthy outcomes in the communities in which we do business. The program focuses on health-related organizations and causes; supports social welfare organizations in our communities; engages our employees through a formalized employee program and supports targeted medical research and education through the Medavie Health Foundation.
Through this program we contributed more than $640,000 to communities in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec. Our Board of Directors has also approved a Social Dividend of 5% of net income to be contributed to the Medavie Health Foundation. Any revenues generated by Medavie EMS, over and above coverage of operating costs, are directed to the Medavie Health Foundation.
Visit: www.medaviebluecross.ca for more information.
Another aspect of community involvement is the Community Paramedicine Program which was launched on Long and Brier Island in rural Digby County, Nova Scotia in 2004/2005. The Long and Brier Community Paramedicine program has demonstrated the operational and fiscal advantages of using existing paramedic resources to mitigate patient access care issues within their communities. Through supplemental training, paramedics in this unique program earn special credentials and are able to provide non-traditional, pre-hospital care to patients in their community. Working closely with doctors and nurse practitioners, graduates of the program perform clinical duties in the homes of local patients with specific needs and conditions. Taking an active role by supporting local charities and community projects as it relates to the better life of the communities we share is one of Medavie EMS’
Corporate Values and one that we are committed to.
Medavie EMS is a proud supporter of the Tema Conter Foundation (see link to website below for more information) and its focus on the well being of our paramedics across Canada.
Each operating company manages and supports a corporate sponsorship and donations program and as well in involved with their local charities and community projects at a local level through the Community Development program.