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(Photo caption: STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson speaks with media in March 2022.)

Early in the new year, the provincial government took steps to address pressure on emergency medical services (EMS), by launching an advisory committee to examine short- and long-term solutions and has asked STARS to be part of that.

While ground response is the primary focus, several sub-committees were established, and STARS is pleased to have a seat on the air sub-committee, given our integration with the emergency response system across Alberta and the role of the STARS Emergency Link Centre.

A few months later, the province made a significant funding announcement, committing to providing 50 per cent of our yearly funding, up from the 25 per cent we are currently receiving.

Building on our legacy of service since 1985, we are honoured that the province has entrusted STARS to continue to provide critical care for patients across Alberta. Coverage of communities in Eastern BC by STARS will continue as it did before the funding announcement.

Mike Lamacchia, chief operating officer, provincial operations, said the funding commitment ensures the service will be available far into the future.

“This is about highly trained and experienced crews bringing the best technology and medical care available to our most critically ill and injured family, friends and neighbours,” said Lamacchia. “This funding will help us continue to be there for patients on their very worst day.”

Though this support from the government is a welcome investment, STARS could not exist without your support. Whether it’s through STARS Lottery, fundraising events, monthly giving or community investments, 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 available.

To all of you who have supported us in the past, thank you. Please know your support will be just as crucial after this development as it was before.