STARS TAKES TO THE TUMBLER RIDGE SKIES

December 01, 2006, GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA ? STARS officially launched the new Grande Prairie Base on November 01, 2006 joining the emergency services community to provide dedicated helicopter air ambulance service seven-days-a-week, 12 hours a day. As part of the education for the new base, the STARS Outreach teams will be visiting all the communities within 250 km radius around Grande Prairie.

STARS will be visiting the Tumbler Ridge Health Centre on:December 11th, 2006 from 11:00 to 13:00

STARS welcomes your interest in the program and would appreciate your support informing the general public about the STARS visit to your community.

STARS currently operates two bases ? one in Calgary and one in Edmonton ? and a fleet of five helicopters. The organization?s mission service area covers about 94% of Alberta?s population as well as several communities in southeastern British Columbia. The new Grande Prairie base will augment STARS current coverage area to serve a greater number of individuals in need of specialized care and rapid transport.

?STARS is tremendously grateful for the commitment and support we receive from the community and our partners in the chain of survival? said Dr. Greg Powell, STARS President and CEO. ?We can all share in a sense of pride and partnership as we begin operations in Grande Prairie and work together to provide optimal patient care to the critically ill and injured.?

The Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is a non-profit, charitable organization providing an emergency air medical transport system to critically ill and injured patients. Emergency medical communications, education and research, and fundraising and community partnerships are also significant pillars of the STARS program. Since it began in 1985, STARS has flown more than 14,000 missions. For more information please check out the STARS web site at www.stars.ca.

STARS? annual

Calendar Campaign

is an important fundraising program for our organization, and also a valuable way to share the moving patient stories of rescue and recovery. Each month of the Calendar features a patient story and a dramatic photo of STARS in action. STARS representatives canvass homes in Alberta between September and December with the Calendars which sell for $25 each.

If you miss the representative?s visit, please call1-877-778-8288 to order your calendar. For more information, please email calendar@stars.ca