AirMed One Receives Full Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

AirMed One has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)

Hackensack Meridian Health’s helicopter, AirMed One, was awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) on April 7, 2016.

CAMTS, an independent, non-profit agency audits and accredits fixed-wing and rotary wing air medical transport services in the U.S. to a set of industry-established criteria. CAMTS first enacted its Accreditation Standards in 1991. The Standards are the core element to the CAMTS program, which declares that the highest priorities for medical transport services companies are "patient care and safety of the transport environment."

“This accreditation reaffirms what we already know, that AirMed One is among the best in the nation in terms of patient care, safety and efficiency,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “In addition, AirMed One received full accreditation on the first attempt, which is an outstanding accomplishment.   I am proud of the AirMed One team and the work they do every day, providing critical care in the air, when it matters most.”

According to the Association of Air Medical Services, there are 301 Air Medical Programs in the United States, of which only 182 are fully accredited by the CAMTS. AirMed One, which is stationed at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, began its service on April 7, 2012 and has flown 1,082 missions as of June 30, 2016.

Photo, from left to right (front):  Frank Shay MICP, FP-C, flight paramedic; Chris Gallagher, pilot; Michelle Kobayashi, MBA, MSN, RN, EMT, administrative director, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Community Operations; Michael Howlin, RN, CFRN,  flight nurse; Joseph Solda, RN, BSN, CFRN, CMTE, chief flight nurse.  Back:  Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals -  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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