AIR MEDICAL HELICOPTER RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE TO EMTS, PATIENTS
ThedaStar Air Medical has achieved recognition from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).
Based at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, ThedaStar went through an extensive application process to receive the accreditation, including an on-site verification using trained and skilled site surveyors. The accreditation is valid for three years.
ThedaStar provides helicopter transports and transfers for trauma patients and critically ill patients throughout eastern and central Wisconsin. Program manager Kirk Vandenberg said the recognition reassures local EMTs and community members that ThedaStar provides a high quality of care to transported patients.
“The knowledge gained during the year-long accreditation process allows ThedaStar to be even more focused on our commitment to providing the highest standards of quality patient care,” he said. “CAMTS sets high expectations related to education, patient care, safety, management, quality processes and adherence to aircraft operational standards. While ThedaStar largely operated in accordance with those standards, it required a great deal of teamwork to demonstrate the work that we were already doing. The accreditation process opened our eyes to more efficient methods of operating the flight program and greatly improved our collaboration with all our partners.”
The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems is an independent, non-profit agency which audits and accredits fixed-wing and rotary wing air medical transport services as well as ground inter-facility critical care services in the United States to a set of industry-established criteria.
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,800 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 35 clinics in 14 counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. Construction of ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton and ThedaCare Medical Center – Shawano is underway. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.