AMR earns national accreditation

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American Medical Responses has received national re-accreditation from the Commission the Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

Accreditation is considered the gold standard in the ambulance industry. Nationally, fewer than 1 percent of all ambulance services are accredited.

“CAAS accreditation makes us a better organization and sets us apart,” said AMR Operations Manager Scott McCune. “More important, the quality of pre-hospital medicine that AMR provides the community is independently affirmed as being the highest quality available in our nation.”

CAAS standards exceed Department of Health requirements for licensing ambulance companies, he said.

Completely re-accreditation takes months. The review required AMR to write a self-study several hundred pages long. The commission’s standards cover EMT and paramedic training, quality assurance, equipment maintenance, communications, relations with other health agencies, community activities, and financial stability. CAAS sent a team of out-of-state experts to scrutinize the company for three days. There were no onsite deficiencies cited from the review team.