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(Photo caption: Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe helps welcome one of the new H145 helicopters to the province in June 2021.)

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has officially renewed our service agreement for another 10 years.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced their intention to renew our contract in late 2018, and the agreement was finalized with STARS in early 2021.

The new contract continues to fund our operations in Saskatchewan at their current level of 50 per cent.

According to Mike Lamacchia, chief operating officer for STARS, the agreement has no net impact on our day-to-day operations in Saskatchewan, however it contains two noteworthy enhancements which help to elevate STARS’ importance as a highly valued piece of the health-care system.

“First, as part of the agreement, the Government of Saskatchewan is honouring its commitment to purchase one new H145 for our fleet,” said Lamacchia.

“Second, the agreement’s operating principles better reflect our role in the critical patient referral and transport system in the province, particularly with respect to our STARS Emergency Link Centre, early automated dispatch, the role of transport physicians and our relationship with the wider health care community.”

As before, even with the generous support of our provincial government, STARS simply could not exist without your support. Whether it’s through STARS Lottery, fundraising events, monthly giving or community investment contributions, you fly along with us on every mission. You help ensure we can be there for the next patient who needs the highest level of critical care transport available in Saskatchewan.

We are incredibly grateful for this service agreement and our team and allies, who have tightly woven our organization into the fabric of the Saskatchewan community.

To you and all the donors who have supported us in the past, thank you. Please know your support of STARS is just as crucial now as ever before.