The Savvik Foundation is a Minnesota non-profit corporation with charity 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. It was founded in 2000 by board members of the North Central EMS Cooperative.
The Savvik Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and receives income from individuals, corporations, and governments. Its efforts are primarily concentrated in research, benchmarking, education, the performance of EMS systems and fostering collaboration among national and international groups.
The Savvik Foundation in 2008 copyrighted a “Community Paramedic” curriculum that was developed in collaboration with universities in the US, Canada, and Australia. The curriculum is provided free of charge to any accredited college or university worldwide. The curriculum is currently in version 4. In Fall 2011 we released the “Community Paramedic Program Manual”, a guide for communities and ambulance services to use in developing a Community Paramedic program. The manual has been downloaded from the internet an average of five times per day, every day, since October 17, 2011.
In 2014, we have commissioned a research study of our EMS Benchmarking Initiative. In partnership with the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada The Savvik Foundation has been collecting benchmarking data from EMS providers across the country since 2002 and we expect the analysis will provide opportunities for best practices for EMS services.
Improved EMS through the promotion of industry innovation and the elevation of its community recognition.
Bringing to life EMS innovations focused on value-added best practices and emerging ideas.
Creativity through Innovation.
Accountability through Transparency.
Collaboration with other thought leaders.
The Savvik Foundation and the American Ambulance Association have launched a grant program available to Savvik member ambulance services who are preparing to comply with the Cost Data Collection program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Through Savvik Member purchases under contracts, the Savvik Foundation was able to fund grant dollars through the American Ambulance Association (AAA).