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Associate Member Spotlight: American Medical Response and HKS Architects, Inc.

American Medical Response, Inc. (AMR) — part of the Global Medical Response (GMR) family of companies – is committed to its mission of providing care to the world at a moment’s notice with a focus on:  

Improving the patient experience of care  
Improving the health of populations  
Reducing the per capita cost of health care    

GMR was formed by combining the industry leaders in air; ground; managed medical transportation; and community, industrial/specialty, and wildland fire services. Each of the GMR companies has a long history of proudly serving the communities where we live: American Medical Response, Rural Metro Fire, Capstone Fire & Safety Management, Air Evac Lifeteam, REACH Air Medical Services, Med-Trans Corporation, AirMed International, and Guardian Flight.   

AMR in the San Diego Community  
The team at AMR San Diego has a single mission: Making a difference by caring for people in need. We are caregivers, first and foremost.    

AMR San Diego employs approximately 1,200 caregivers; responds to over 200,000 emergency medical transports annually; and is the only private ALS ambulance provider in San Diego County to hold the prestigious accreditation of Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services continuously since 1994.    

By designing new ways to deliver health care, whether in emergency situations or supplementing the home health care organizations, AMR is steadfastly patient-focused and customer-centered. Its commitment as health care providers is to keep abreast of the latest medical procedures and practices.   

For additional information about AMR, visit or contact Government and Community Affairs Manager Claudia Rempel at or (619) 787-3084.  

HKS designs comprehensive, healing health spaces. For more than 50 years and across 28 offices worldwide, HKS has been planning and designing places of care — places designed to enhance the health experience through integrated, guest-focused care strategy, operations, technology, facility design, and cultural considerations.   

Its evidence-influenced plans and designs maximize the value of clients’ facility assets, raise patient/staff satisfaction, and help improve patient outcomes. Its health solutions are research- and operational-based to optimize workflow, streamline staff, and increase safety. Using Lean principles, HKS continues to improve the design and construction process, as well as help clients improve their own work process through design.   

For additional information, visit the HKS website and contact Studio Practice Leader, Health Principal Joey Kragelund, AIA, at