Alameda Aero Club
As the CEO of medical technology company Medweb, I spend most of my time spearheading attempts to broaden the usage and development of technology for the betterment of the medical community. However, I also enjoy other pursuits, such as flying. As an amateur pilot, I value my membership with the Alameda Aero Club, a nonprofit entity that seeks to make flying accessible to members from a variety of backgrounds.
Now located at Oakland Airport, the Alameda Aero Club was founded in the 1980s and moved to its current location roughly 10 years ago. Its members, all flying enthusiasts, enjoy visiting the headquarters, a flight hanger at the Old T’s in Oakland’s North Field. The Alameda Aero Club welcomes all interested parties from the Bay Area to join its ranks; approximately 100 members currently belong to the club.
For the dual purposes of facilitating leisure flying and helping new flyers learn their way around aircrafts, the Alameda Aero Club owns and operates two Cessna 172 planes. A four-seat, single-engine plane, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk first flew in 1955 and is still in production. Members can rent either plane, Alameda Aero Club uses the fees to continue the club and maintain the planes.
In addition to the fee charged for renting the Cessna 172 planes, the Alameda Aero Club asks that members pay membership dues. These two financial channels are the club’s only sources of income, and all members participate in events on a volunteer basis. For more information on the Alameda Aero Club, visit www.alameda-aero.com.
About Dr. Peter Killcommons:
Dr. Peter Killcommons established Medweb in 1992. Based in San Francisco, California, Dr. Peter Killcommons and Medweb strive to deliver web-enabled secure telemedicine solutions to over 1,000 locations around the globe.
American Telemedicine Association
Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the CEO of Medweb, a medical software and device company based in San Francisco, California. At Medweb he directs the company’s radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions, as well as Medweb’s philanthropy program. Telemedicine is a key division of the company, and Dr. Peter Killcommons has recently been traveling to numerous areas such as Cabo Verde, Africa, to help expand its use in developing countries. He also engages with the American Telemedicine Association in his free time.
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is a professional organization dedicated to improving healthcare around the world through telehealth. Telemedicine/telehealth is a burgeoning field that integrates the medical field with the digital age through technology such as remote monitoring devices, consumer-focused wireless applications, and image transmission services.
The ATA’s mission focuses on increasing awareness of the field as well as improving the quality and affordability of medical care around the world. To help accomplish this, the organization’s Learning Center provides its members, as well as the general public, with educational seminars and events so that interested parties can stay aware of the ongoing improvements and developments in telemedicine. In addition, the Learning Center also records and makes available all of its public conferences and the aforementioned seminars (some free of charge and others for a fee) for easy perusal.
Fisher House Foundation
Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons currently serves as the CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in mobile medical technologies that can be deployed in developing countries. Outside of his professional life, Peter Killcommons is a longtime supporter of Fisher House.
Fisher House Foundation recently announced the selection of 14 new sites to place Fisher Houses, including Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Similar to the mission of Ronald McDonald Houses, Fisher Houses provide families crucial support by allowing them to live free of charge while their loved ones are receiving inpatient hospital treatment at VA medical centers.
Truman Memorial spokesman Stephen Gaither said that the hospital sees veterans from 43 surrounding counties, meaning that some families have to travel long distances for their loved ones to receive treatment. Fisher House Foundation president Dave Coker said he believes the Columbia Fisher House could begin construction as soon as 2018. Thus far, Fisher House Foundation is responsible for a total of 71 houses built near VA hospital facilities and military bases.
Peter (Pete) Killcommons, CEO of medical imaging and communications group Medweb, leads all aspects of company operations, including the group’s disaster response division. On a personal level, Peter Killcommons contributes to such relief organizations as the American Red Cross and World Cares Center.
Dedicated to helping communities prepare for and respond to disaster, WorldCares Center provides in an effort to achieve these goals a variety of grassroots training sessions. Programs are available to all members of the general public, who benefit from understanding their community’s needs and risk factors in a public emergency. WorldCares begins raising community awareness of these issues with its Grassroots Readiness and Response Overview training, which introduces participants to the resources they have and the skills they need to act appropriately during an emergency.
In addition, young citizens may participate in community awareness, disaster volunteering, and individual and family preparedness programs specifically designed for their age group. In these training programs, youth learn about the impact of natural and human-driven disasters while developing the leadership and problem-solving skills they would need in such a situation. Dedicated to empowering young people in disaster response, WorldCares also offers a youth-focused Train the Trainer series, which prepares participants to be emergency readiness leaders in their own communities.
First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
The founder and CEO of MedWeb, Peter Killcommons, MD, was a featured speaker at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth in Yerevan, Armenia. Held in October, 2011, Dr. Killcommons was one of 15 experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States invited to speak. An intercontinental audience of government representatives, investment, research, and healthcare executives, and university students attended the three-day program.
Dr. Killcommons spoke on his recent experience implementing telemedicine technology in collaboration with two hospitals in Afghanistan. A product of information technology, telemedicine is used, among its many applications, to transmit medical data, imaging, and health information, improving the access of medical services in remote regions around the world. A long-recognized philanthropist, as well as a pioneer in telemedicine and teleradiology, Dr. Killcommons made a donation to the Armenian Telemedicine Association of a MedWeb system, furthering the reach of medical services in the country’s less privileged areas.