Ron McKerlie, interim CEO of Ornge, confirmed in an interview on Friday that the previous management of Ornge posted the tender notice for the AW139 EMS interior contract “under a category that would have made it difficult for any reasonable person to find itâ€.Â Ornge ended up with medical interiors that are rife with problems,… Read more »
The ORNGE debacle goes on…Â Ron McKerlie, interim chief executive officer of Ornge, confirmed to the Canadian press on Friday that the previous management had quietly ordered two more AW139s with taxpayers money without any announcement either in Canada or within the helicopter industry.Â The pair had not physically been brought to Canada, or fitted… Read more »
Today, the outgoing Ornge Board of Directors announced they have accepted the recommendation from the government to appoint seven new volunteer board members. â€œThese new board members bring extensive knowledge and unique skill sets to their new roles and Ornge is fortunate to have them,â€ said outgoing Chair Rainer Beltzner. â€œOrnge has taken immediate steps… Read more »
Frankly, the more we hear about Ornge, the more the whole thing looks like an example of corporate mismanagement to the level of an unmitigated disaster. The latest situation being reported by Canadian press is that now-departed COO Tom Lepine confirmed yesterday that Ornge leased a hangar at Hamilton, Onterio in December 2010 for around… Read more »
Below is a statement sent to staff from Ron McKerlie: Yesterday the Board of Directors of Ornge announced their decision to accept the recommendations of the Government of Ontario regarding the appointment of an interim President and CEO. Following that announcement the honorable Deb Matthews, Minister for Health and Long Term Care, announced that I… Read more »
The dream of getting rich at ORNGE air ambulance ended Wednesday as high-paid executives lost their jobs, a series of mysterious for-profit companies were shuttered and well-paid board members were given the boot. (see full story).
Below is an internal memo released on December 23, 2011. Sent on behalf of Tom Lepine, Maria Renzella and Rick Potter (HeliHub Editor note – click here to see profiles of these executives) We know that over the past few weeks, many of you, valued members of the Ornge family, have been upset and concerned… Read more »
Dr. Mazza will be on an indefinite medical leave and in his absence, Tom Lepine will be the interim President and CEO of Ornge and Maria Renzella will be the interim President and CEO of Ornge Global. I ask that everyone respect his privacy and that of his family during this time. Requests from Minister… Read more »
On behalf of Orngeâ€™s Board of Directors, Ornge management and staff, Ornge is compelled to respond to the Toronto Star story of December 5, 2011. We are setting the record straight. Ornge compliant with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. Ornge is in compliance with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. The following… Read more »
Ornge, a world leader in transport medicine, is proud to congratulate Dr. Russell MacDonald, Orngeâ€™s Medical Director for Research and Development, on winning the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Barbara A. Hess Research and Education Award. One of the transport medicine industryâ€™s highest honours, the award was presented to Dr. MacDonald at the Air… Read more »
On its 6:00 p.m. broadcast on September 6th, 2011, CTV Toronto aired a story with respect to Orngeâ€™s service in Ontario. The story not only contained outdated and incorrect information but also omitted essential facts and was misleading. Ornge has notified CTV of these errors and has asked for a full apology from the network…. Read more »
Ornge, the provider of transport medicine services for Ontario, is pleased to announce the opening of a new satellite medical helicopter base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport later this year. The new facility, which will operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, will be the home to Ornge paramedics, pilots and a new,… Read more »
On November of 2008, Ethan Day turned one month old, but it hardly was a time to celebrate.Â His mother Lisa rushed him into the ER at Markham Stouffville Hospital with what turned out to be a serious heart problem.Â When his paediatrician made the decision to send Ethan to the Hospital for Sick Children,… Read more »
Ornge, Ontarioâ€™s provider of transport medicine services, is proud to congratulate Patrick Auger, an Ottawaâ€based Ornge critical care paramedic, for winning the Tim Hynes Flight Paramedic of the Year Award from the International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP).Â Â He was presented with the award at the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference in Nashville, Tennessee earlier today…. Read more »
On behalf of the Ornge Board of Directors, it is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of one of our own, Mr. Lorne Crawford. Mr. Crawford was a tireless supporter and champion of access to healthcare, especially for people living in Northwestern Ontario. â€œWe at Ornge are deeply saddened to learn of the… Read more »
Ontario based EMS operatior Ornge will launch their next AW139 at the organisations base at London in south western Ontario.Â Guest of honour at the invitation-only event will be Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, while various key figures in Ornge will also attend, including Randy L’Heureux (Associate VP of Operations), Rick… Read more »
The City of Kawartha Lakes is planning to make a case to the province that moving the air ambulance ORNGE from Toronto Island to Hamilton makes no geographic sense.Â Earlier this week, he had suggested that putting the service in Peterborough or Oshawa made much more sense.
The Ornge Foundation is pleased to receive a donation of over $343,000 from Pilatus, the worldâ€™s leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft. This generous donation will be used in Orngeâ€™s Academy of Transport Medicine (ATM) to support the simulation program. The ATM was established in 2007 and provides paramedical education programs based on an innovative… Read more »
In October, Local 505 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) alleging discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists at Ornge, formerly Ontario Air Ambulance. “We are pleased to announce that the complaint has now been withdrawn by the union prior to a formal… Read more »
MISSISSAUGA (Dec. 20)Â â€“ Ornge, a world leader in transport medicine, reached a major milestone in its five year history today, as the organization transported its 100,000th patient. All aspects of air ambulance services were divested by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in January 2006 and since became Ornge. Ornge, a not-for-profit organization,… Read more »
November 23, 2010 (TORONTO) – Through a three-year agreement, Navtech, Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, provides flight plans and flight following services for Ornge Air, an acclaimed air medical transport company based in Ontario, Canada. Ornge is Navtech’s first air medical transport customer – further evidence of the growing diversity of… Read more »
The CAW is expressing alarm at the decision by ORNGE to move the Toronto Island Medivac helicopters to the Hamilton International Airport, which will dramatically reduce service to Canada’s largest city, the union says. “The decision to cut the service from Toronto Island Airport means that an important access point to the large highly specialized… Read more »
The air ambulance service opened the doors of the new Transport Medicine Centre for Excellence, their first all-in-one service centre across from the runway of the Thunder Bay International Airport on Saturday.
Latitude Technologies, a leading provider of satellite based communication, tracking and onboard aircraft data systems, is pleased to announce that their SkyNode S200-021 satellite based Satcom/tracking/messaging system has been selected by Ornge for their new fleet of AW139 helicopters. The new fleet is currently being completed at Agusta Westlandâ€™s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility with dual… Read more »
New State-Of-The-Art Medically Equipped AW139 Helicopters to Enhance Patient Care Across Province Ornge, a world leader in the field of transport medicine, is proud to introduce the most significant fleet upgrade in the history of aero medical transport in Ontario. The first of the new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters were unveiled this morning at the Ornge… Read more »
Ornge, which provides ground and air medical transport for the province of Ontario, Canada, has just received the first of 10 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters equipped with GE Aviation health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). HUMS Web Services, which include GE’s (GE 14.61, +0.06, +0.41%)Â artificial intelligence based Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology, automatically collects information… Read more »
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Ornge of Ontario, Canada, has taken delivery of the first of ten AW139 medium twin helicopters. The helicopters are being produced at AgustaWestlandâ€™s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania production facility. The contract includes an option for two additional aircraft. The helicopter is equipped with an advanced full aero-medical interior… Read more »
Ornge and AgustaWestland announced today the Ornge-AgustaWestland Endowment Fund for Aboriginal Learners in the amount of $250,000. Ornge partnered with AgustaWestland to address the growing demand for services and skilled Aboriginal employees in the north and this is the single largest external donation for financial aid Confederation College has ever received. â€œAs a crucial provider… Read more »
Ornge has purchased from Canadian Helicopters the current fleet of eleven medically equipped Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, and aviation assets including four hangars located in Ottawa, Moosonee, Kenora and London for an aggregate purchase price of Cdn$30 million.