For the third time, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems awarded the Memorial Hospital transport system, Memorial Star Transport, a full three-year accreditation. The accreditation recognizes that Memorial Star Transport, a rotorwing and ground transport service, provides highly skilled flight nurse/paramedic and nurse/respiratory therapist teams to care for adult, neonatal, pediatric and obstetric patients. Memorial received its first CAMTS accreditation in 2008.
CAMTS is an organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. It offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality, with the highest priorities being patient care and safety of the transport environment. To obtain accreditation, a medical transport service must be in substantial compliance with the organization’s accreditation standards. As of Aug. 25, there were nine Colorado-based CAMTS-accredited services and 165 nationwide, according to the CAMTS website.
Med-Trans Air Medical Transport of Dallas, Texas, owns, operates and maintains the Memorial Star Transport air ambulance fleet of one Bell 407 helicopter. American Medical Response owns, operates and maintains the Memorial Star Transport ground vehicle fleet.
“Memorial Hospital’s accredited transport system’s primary flight team and specialty care teams are highly trained in the scene response and inter-facility transport of critically injured or ill adult and pediatric patients as well as high-risk obstetrics and neonatal patients,” said Laura Rogers, director of emergency services, transport and urgent care at Memorial Hospital. “National accreditation demonstrates best practices are being performed at our organization. It validates that Memorial provides the highest quality care to Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado.”
The official dates of the reaccreditation are March 16, 2014 – March 16, 2017. The accreditation is one of numerous developments that have taken place at Memorial under the leadership of University of Colorado Health. Other milestones include Primary Stroke Center Accreditation and Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI, two distinguished designations of quality; the hiring of more than 30 physicians; the development of a new multi-million dollar medical record system; investments in new technology, and the pursuit of Level 1 Trauma designation. UCHealth, which also includes nationally known University of Colorado Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, and Medical Center of the Rockies, is the only health system in Colorado to leverage the strengths of academic and community-based hospitals.
Memorial Hospital, now part of University of Colorado Health, has been part of the Colorado Springs community since 1904. Memorial has two hospitals, Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North, and more than a dozen facilities throughout the Pikes Peak Region. University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.