The subsidiary of the non-profit ADAC Luftrettung is now jointly managed by Steven Igodt and Dr Matthias Ruppert.
"We are very happy that we have been able to win these two proven experts with many years of experience in the areas of air rescue, aviation and acute medicine for this responsible task," said Frédéric Bruder, Managing Director of ADAC Luftrettung.
Steven Igodt takes over the management of the ADAC HEMS Academy. Born in Belgium, he was most recently Business Performance Manager at a leading European service provider for marine surveys and offshore systems. Before that, he worked for many years at the NHV Group in Belgium, an international operator of civil helicopters in the offshore and onshore sector, as Business Unit Manager for Northern Europe, responsible for the development of a commercial strategy within the NHV Group.
Staff quality and competence decisive factors
Dr Matthias Ruppert is the Medical Director of the ADAC HEMS Academy. The 52-year-old was Head of Medicine at ADAC Luftrettung for many years until 2020 and, in this role, was responsible not only for emergency medical operations, but also for setting up patient simulation and training centers, as well as new qualification and training formats. Before joining the ‘Flying Yellow Angels’, he worked for the internationally renowned Institute for Emergency Medicine and Medical Management (INM) at LMU Munich for many years. As a specialist in anesthesiology, he worked at the University of Munich Clinic and as an emergency doctor more than 5,000 times.
For the new management, staff quality and competence are the decisive factors for safety and quality in air rescue, aviation, and acute medicine. “We want to further develop international training and further education in the rescue service with our highly specialized employees. And we want to set new trends in a constantly changing environment with constantly increasing demands on flight crews and medical staff,” explained Igodt and Dr Ruppert. They rely on open communication, teamwork and trust in the skills and know-how of their own employees.