Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center Intensive Air pilot Kerry Berg is being recognized with a national award for his work in promoting aviation safety. Berg was recently honored with the Jim Charlson award from the Association of Air Medical Services. The award is presented annually to an individual "who has made significant contributions to the overall enhancement, development, or promotion of aviation and aviation safety within the air medical community."
Berg has been a steady member of the Sioux Valley Intensive Air team for over 19 years and is a key member in the safety of Sioux Valley
s Intensive Air program. He developed the helicopter safety program and was instrumental in helping form the Intensive Air Safety Committee in 1988. Bergs research and expertise have been the driving force behind a number of safety initiatives.
Berg also advocated the practice of annual simulator training for all pilots, a high standard that is still uncommon today for VFR programs. In addition, Berg was instrumental in helping Sioux Valley Intensive Air achieve transport accreditation. Because of his work, Sioux Valley Intensive Air was the first program in our region to be accredited by CAMTS (the Commission on Accreditation of Transport Services).
Berg was honored with the Jim Charlson award at the October Air Medical Transport Conference in Austin, Texas.