American Medical Response

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American Medical Response, Inc.
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1992
Headquarters Greenwood Village, Colorado
Key people
Ted Van Horne, CEO
Products Ambulance services
Number of employees
Parent Global Medical Response

American Medical Response, Inc. (AMR) is a medical transportation company in the United States that provides and manages community-based medical transportation services, including emergency (911), non-emergency and managed transportation, fixed-wing air ambulance and disaster response.

As the country’s largest medical transportation company, AMR employs more than 28,000 clinicians and has a fleet of more than 6,600 ambulances, as well as air ambulances and contracted vehicles that transport people living in more than 4,000 communities nationwide and internationally.

Corporate history[edit]

In 1991 Paul Verrochi created a business plan to consolidate the fragmented ambulance industry, following a similar "rollup" strategy used by Waste Management. The company was formed with the merger of Regional Ambulance (Alameda and Contra Costa counties, CA), Vanguard Ambulance (Santa Clara County CA), and Buck Ambulance (Portland OR). Laidlaw acquired American Medical Response in 1997.[1] In 2004, Laidlaw sold EmCare and American Medical Response to Onex.[2] Onex formed Emergency Medical Services Corporation as the parent of its two acquisitions. EMSC went public in December of that year.[3] In 2011, EMSC was acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.[4] On June 12, 2013, EMSC changed names to Envision Healthcare Corporation.[5] On September 8, 2017 Envision Healthcare Corp. announced that American Medical Response would be sold to KKR & Co. LP in an all-cash deal worth $2.4 billion USD.[6] In March 2018, American Medical Response became a subsidiary of Global Medical Response.


World CPR Challenge[edit]

Since 2013, AMR has led the World CPR Challenge,[7] an annual campaign coordinated with AMR’s U.S. operations that attempts to teach as many people as possible how to perform compression-only CPR. On May 22, 2013, AMR successfully trained 54,844 people in this life-saving skill. In 2014, AMR beat the previous year’s record, training 61,883 people in a single day.[8] In recognition of the inaugural 2013 event, AMR received the Gold International Stevie and Bronze U.S. Stevie awards in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.[9]

In 2017 and 2018, AMR partnered with ACEP & IAFC for the CPR Challenge events. So far in this partnership, more than 125,000 people were trained in compression-only CPR. AMR also began offering Stop the Bleed training in 2018, and has trained nearly 20,000 people thus far.

AMR Medicine[edit]

The AMR Medicine National Clinical Leadership supports local practices and facilitates educational opportunities, system analyses, performance assessment and promulgation of evidence and best practices.

Stars of Life[edit]

Each year, AMR sends a deserving group of its best and brightest caregivers to the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life program in Washington, D.C. Stars of Life honors dedicated ambulance service providers from across the country.

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