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Nouvelle August 2011 : Page 2

Message from our CEO It’s hard to believe that on Sept. 1, I will celebrate 40 years here at the Acadian Companies. As one of the original three founders of Acadian Ambulance Service, I am so grateful for the company’s success over the past four decades. As we near this milestone, I have reflected on the growth and history of our organization and what has made it all possible. I deeply appreciate the business, government and health-care leaders who have partnered with us to allow our system to save more lives, and the residents who have entrusted us with the care of their families and loved ones. I have been blessed with loyal employees who have worked tirelessly to serve their patients, their customers and their communities. Our company is just over 75 percent owned by our employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Program that was instituted in 1993 and expanded in 1998 when two of my partners retired. The ESOP allows our employees to provide for their retirement through their hard work; their determination to continue to grow our organization reflects their vital role as employee-owners. Together, we have created and adopted innovative technology and lifesaving practices. We helped introduce enhanced 911 services to Louisiana and have been on the cutting edge of advances in emergency medical care, health and safety. This, in turn, led to the creation of the National EMS Academy, Safety Management Systems, Acadian Monitoring Services and Executive Air Charter Services and helped Acadian grow from an eight-employee ambulance company serving Lafayette Parish in 1971 to a multifaceted organization of almost 3,500 employees serving millions in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and across the nation. This issue of Nouvelle contains more information about our 40th anniversary and about other changes and innovations at the Acadian Companies. It also is available on our corporate website,, for those who would prefer an electronic version. And, as one more sign of just how far we have come, this edition is the first to employ QR, or quick-response, codes that will direct you to more information online. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for the part you have played in making Acadian what it is today. Stay connnected with us: 2 NOUVELLE

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