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ORNGE AW139 EMS interior problems after tender documents buried

ORNGE AW139 EMS interior problems after tender documents buried

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 it”.  Ornge ended up with medical interiors that are rife with problems,… Read more »

30-Jan-12

ORNGE had quietly bought two more AW139s for resale

ORNGE had quietly bought two more AW139s for resale

The ORNGE debacle goes on…  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.  The pair had not physically been brought to Canada, or fitted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-12

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ORNGE outgoing board accepts recommendation for new board members

ORNGE outgoing board accepts recommendation for new board members

Today, the outgoing Ornge Board of Directors announced they have accepted the recommendation from the government to appoint seven new volunteer board members. “These new board members bring extensive knowledge and unique skill sets to their new roles and Ornge is fortunate to have them,” said outgoing Chair Rainer Beltzner. “Ornge has taken immediate steps… Read more »

Source: ORNGE, 26-Jan-12

Ornge plans for Oshawa base still on

Ornge plans for Oshawa base still on

Despite recent changes at the top of the organization, Ornge is still planning to open a new base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport. (see full story)

Source: DurhamRegion.com, 17-Jan-12

Ornge wasted $600K on an empty hangar

Ornge wasted $600K on an empty hangar

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-12

Message to Ornge staff from Ron McKerlie – Interim President and CEO

Message to Ornge staff from Ron McKerlie – Interim President and CEO

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 »

Source: Ornge, 13-Jan-12

ORNGE air ambulance gets new CEO, board

ORNGE air ambulance gets new CEO, board

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).

Source: Toronto Star, 12-Jan-12

Ornge release statement on behalf of three executives

Ornge release statement on behalf of three executives

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 »

Source: Ornge, 02-Jan-12

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ORNGE spinoff received $6.7M from AgustaWestland

ORNGE spinoff received $6.7M from AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland’s American office struck a $6.7 million deal to hire a Toronto firm made up of ORNGE executives to provide it with “sales and marketing services.” (see full story)

Source: The Star, 23-Dec-11

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Statement from Chairman of ORNGE board

Statement from Chairman of ORNGE board

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 »

Source: Ornge, 23-Dec-11

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Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

The air ambulance helicopter at ORNGE’s Thunder Bay base was grounded hundreds of times this year because no paramedics were available for emergency flights. (see full story)

Source: TheSpec, 21-Dec-11

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ORNGE executive salaries under scrutiny

ORNGE executive salaries under scrutiny

Report says at least five top executives are shielded from the “sunshine list” published annually by ONtario to help make government accountable. (see full story)

Source: EMS World, 19-Dec-11

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Ornge sets record straight, responding to Toronto Star article

Ornge sets record straight, responding to Toronto Star article

On behalf of Ornge’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 »

Source: Ornge, 07-Dec-11

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Ornge Medical Director wins AAMS award

Ornge Medical Director wins AAMS award

Ornge, a world leader in transport medicine, is proud to congratulate Dr. Russell MacDonald, Ornge’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 industry’s highest honours, the award was presented to Dr. MacDonald at the Air… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 20-Oct-11

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Ornge responds to CTV Story of September 6th

Ornge responds to CTV Story of September 6th

On its 6:00 p.m. broadcast on September 6th, 2011, CTV Toronto aired a story with respect to Ornge’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 »

Source: Ornge, 08-Sep-11

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Ornge adds base to serve Southeastern Ontario

Ornge adds base to serve Southeastern Ontario

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 »

Source: Ornge, 07-Jul-11

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Ornge officially launches Ted Rogers Paediatric Transport Program

Ornge officially launches Ted Rogers Paediatric Transport Program

On November of 2008, Ethan Day turned one month old, but it hardly was a time to celebrate.  His mother Lisa rushed him into the ER at Markham Stouffville Hospital with what turned out to be a serious heart problem.  When his paediatrician made the decision to send Ethan to the Hospital for Sick Children,… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-11

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Ornge flight paramedic wins international award

Ornge flight paramedic wins international award

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of transport medicine services, is proud to congratulate Patrick Auger, an Ottawa‐based Ornge critical care paramedic, for winning the Tim Hynes Flight Paramedic of the Year Award from the International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP).  He was presented with the award at the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference in Nashville, Tennessee earlier today…. Read more »

Source: Ornge, 06-Apr-11

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Lorne Crawford, member of the Ornge board of Directors, passes away

Lorne Crawford, member of the Ornge board of Directors, passes away

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. “We at Ornge are deeply saddened to learn of the… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 21-Mar-11

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Ornge ready to launch AW139 in south western Ontario

Ornge ready to launch AW139 in south western Ontario

Ontario based EMS operatior Ornge will launch their next AW139 at the organisations base at London in south western Ontario.  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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-11

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EMS director criticizes Ornge move from Toronto Island to Hamilton

EMS director criticizes Ornge move from Toronto Island to Hamilton

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.  Earlier this week, he had suggested that putting the service in Peterborough or Oshawa made much more sense.

Source: Peterborough Examiner, 20-Jan-11

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Generous gift to Ornge will support simulation program

Generous gift to Ornge will support simulation program

The Ornge Foundation is pleased to receive a donation of over $343,000 from Pilatus, the world’s leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft. This generous donation will be used in Ornge’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 »

Source: Ornge, 12-Jan-11

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Settlement reached in Ornge discrimination case

Settlement reached in Ornge discrimination case

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 »

Source: NUPGE, 23-Dec-10

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Ornge transports 100,000th patient

Ornge transports 100,000th patient

MISSISSAUGA (Dec. 20)  – 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 »

21-Dec-10

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Ornge opts for Navtech flight planning solution

Ornge opts for Navtech flight planning solution

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 »

Source: Navtech, 24-Nov-10

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CAW union expresses alarm at Ornge cutting Toronto Island Airport base

CAW union expresses alarm at Ornge cutting Toronto Island Airport base

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 »

Source: CAW, 20-Oct-10

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Ornge opens doors of the new Transport Medicine Centre for Excellence

Ornge opens doors of the new Transport Medicine Centre for Excellence

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.

Source: Chronicle Journal, 18-Oct-10

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Latitude Technologies equips ORNGE AW139 fleet with SkyNode

Latitude Technologies equips ORNGE AW139 fleet with SkyNode

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 Westland’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility with dual… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 10-Oct-10

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Ornge launches AW139 ops in Ontario

Ornge launches AW139 ops in Ontario

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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Sep-10

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Ornge S76 targeted by laser beams over Ottawa

Ornge S76 targeted by laser beams over Ottawa

A Sikorsky S76 helicopter belonging to the Ornge transport medicine service was targeted as it was on a flight to the Ottawa Hospital.

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 23-Aug-10

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GE’s Health Monitoring System equips Ornge AW139s

GE’s Health Monitoring System equips Ornge AW139s

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%)  artificial intelligence based Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology, automatically collects information… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 19-Jul-10

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Ornge Takes Delivery Of The First FIPS-Equipped AW139 EMS

Ornge Takes Delivery Of The First  FIPS-Equipped AW139 EMS

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 AgustaWestland’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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jun-10

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Ornge and AgustaWestland announce Can$250K fund for aboriginal students

Ornge and AgustaWestland announce Can$250K fund for aboriginal students

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. “As a crucial provider… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Jun-10

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Ornge chooses Aerolite Medical Interiors for new Fleet of AW139s

Aerolite announced that it had received an order for ten medical interiors for Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters from Ornge, Canada’s leading provider of transport medicine services.

Source: RotorNews, 29-Sep-09

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Ornge purchases aviation assets from Canadian Helicopters Income Fund and enters into a 3 year contract with CHL

Ornge purchases aviation assets from Canadian Helicopters Income Fund and enters into a 3 year contract with CHL

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.

Source: Canadian Helicopters, 31-Mar-09

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