On April 4, 2013 the Board of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) overwhelmingly voted to grant San Juan Island EMS and MedEvac/Island Air Ambulance a full three-year accreditation. This makes them the only 9-1-1 agency in the State and one of just a handful in the country to be compliant with strenuous national standards for safety, administration, and patient care excellence both on the ground and in the air.
Island Air Ambulance is the medevac service of San Juan Island EMS (operations, medical flight practitioners, and equipment) in partnership with Island Air, Inc. (pilots, planes, and mechanics). “This two-year process of meeting national benchmark standards was the result of our entire community supporting, encouraging, and working together to enhance and strengthen our service to San Juan County,” said Jackie Hamilton the President of Island Air, Inc. who is also a medevac pilot and Flight EMT.
“Aeromedical industry leader and educator Patti Corbett provided extraordinary consultation guiding the process,” stated Director of Critical Care Transport Larry Wall, BSN, RN, CFRN, CMTE. “Executive Director Eveline Bisson and her administrative team at Northwest MedStar freely gave crucial support, mentoring, and encouragement by sharing policies, education, and dispatching best practices,” noted Chief Jim Cole, MA, FP-C, CMTE.
“CAMTS accreditation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to San Juan County residents and visitors in providing safe, evidence based, cutting edge response and transport in a cost-effect model. Our medical crews are some of the most highly trained in the industry, providing the latest treatments in patient care medicine,” said Medical Director Michael Sullivan, MD, FACEP. CAMTS accreditation standards and accreditation are determined by the Commission which is governed by a board of directors representing professional critical care transport industry associations across multiple disciplines including administration, education, clinicians, pilots and communication specialists.
To learn more about the commission and its criteria for accreditation, visit www.camts.org.