Eagle County Paramedic Services, which serves Eagle County, CO, with five stations from Vail to Gypsum, has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Ambulance Services (CAAS) for meeting national standards for Excellency. EC Paramedics is one of more than 180 ambulance services nationwide to have completed the voluntary review process which included completion of a full application and (virtual) on-site review by national service experts emergency medical. With this achievement, EC Paramedics is one of six ambulance services to be accredited in the state of Colorado; it was one of the first to obtain accreditation in 1996.
CAAS is a non-profit organization that was created to encourage and promote quality patient care in the US medical transportation system. The main objective of the Commission’s standards is the quality of patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards that address not only the delivery of patient care, but also the overall operation of the ambulance service and its relationship with other agencies, the general public and the medical community. Commission standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.
“Achieving CAAS accreditation is a long and arduous process, but it represents our strong commitment to our patients and our community,” said Jim Bradford, Chief Operating Officer and Co-CEO of Eagle County Paramedic Services. . “We continually strive not only to meet our goals, but also to exceed them; we see accreditation as another step towards excellence.
The accreditation process includes a comprehensive self-assessment, which includes compiling supporting documents from the more than 100 standards outlined by CAAS, and an independent external district review. This independent process provides verification to the EC Paramedics Board of Directors, local government, medical community and others that quality care is provided to the community.
Eagle County Paramedic Services received full marks.
“Our staff played a key role in the success of our process. I think it gives a sense of prestige and pride to work in an accredited ambulance service,” said Amy Gnojek, Chief Financial Officer and Co-CEO of Eagle County Paramedic Services. “Our entire team has played a valuable role in our ability to meet the Commission’s high standards. We have once again achieved accreditation, but this is only a stimulus for continuous improvement.