News and Changes in CAMTS Reaccreditations
The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) unveiled changes and reaccreditations at the Spring Meeting in Perdido Beach, Alabama
* CAMTS is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment for services providing rotor-wing, fixed-wing and ground transport systems
CAMTS, May 05, 2022 - The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) announced May 2, 2022, that its board of directors met in Perdido Beach, Alabama, prior to the CCTMC conference in early April 2022.
In addition to other business, the board approved bylaw changes, a new mission and vision, and reaccreditations of 14 medical transport operators.
During the meeting, the board approved changes to the current bylaws and adopted a new mission and vision. CAMTS’ values and transport accredited services’ expectations did not change. With the focus on out-of-hospital care and not only on medical transport, CAMTS changed the mission and vision as follows:
MISSION: CAMTS is a peer review organization dedicated to improving patient care and safety by providing a dynamic accreditation process through the development of standards, education, and services that support our vision.
VISION: All patients receive appropriate and safe out-of-hospital care by qualified professionals.
CAMTS also reaccredited 14 transportation services across the United States.
- Aeromed Tampa, a rotorwing service in Tampa, Fla.
- Boston Children’s Hospital, a surface service provider in Boston, Mass.
- Carilion Clinic Patient Transportation, a rotorwing service in Roanoke, Va.
- Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport, a rotorwing, fixed wing, and surface service provider in Kansas City, Mo.
- Flight For Life, a rotorwing service in Waukesha, Wisc.
- Gundersen Air, a rotorwing service in LaCrosse, Wisc.
- Lehigh Valley MedEvac, a rotorwing and surface service in Allentown, Pa.
- LifeFlight Eagle, a rotorwing service in Kansas City, Mo.
- LifeLink III, a rotorwing and fixed wing service in in Bloomington, Minn.
- Pediatric and Neonatal Doernbecher ( PANDA ), a rotorwing, fixed wing, and surface service provider in Portland, Ore.
- San Juan Regional AirCare, a rotorwing and fixed wing service in Farmington, N.M.
- Sunrise Air Ambulance, a rotorwing and fixed wing service in Show Low, Ariz.
- UCAN, a rotorwing and surface service provider in Chicago, Ill.
- UNC Carolina Air Care, a rotorwing, fixed wing, and ground service specializing in ALS and BLS in Chapel Hill, N.C.
In other business, Victoria Steinhartz was introduced as the new ad hoc board member representing mobile integrated health (MIH) at the meeting. Copies of the MIH standards were distributed and it was announced that applications for MIH accreditation will be available by the first quarter of 2023 for MIH programs.
CAMTS awarded Cody Jackson, a flight paramedic at the Marion, Virginia, base of the Highlands Emergency Air Rescue and Transport (HEART) program, the Ralph N. Rogers, MD Leadership Scholarship. This is awarded to an individual for leadership development, based on need, to encourage growth of future leaders in the medical transport industry.
Jackson is lead instructor for the Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program and recently earned his master’s in health science degree from the Western Carolina University. He used his scholarship to attend AAMS’s Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) in April.
Finally, shared at the meeting, the Quality Management 2021 Year-End Report highlighted an overall improvement in the quality of medical protocols submitted from 2019 to 2021.