AmeriCare Ambulance Service has been committed to providing a quality service since its inception. Because of our strong believe that those we serve appreciate and expect the highest caliber of service available, we have incorporated our commitment to quality in a real tangible way. We sought out to identify an external organization that could evaluate our business and provide us with feedback on our strengths and weaknesses in our endeavors to provide excellent ambulance and medical transportation to the communities we serve. We found such an organization that understands our industry and the unique characteristics of delivering quality out-of-hospital medical care and transportation. That organization is the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (“CAAS”) was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. Based initially on the efforts of the American Ambulance Association, the independent Commission established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance industry.
AmeriCare’s accreditation signifies that our service and our company as a whole, has met the “GOLD STANDARD” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical service provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulation. AmeriCare is one of less than 125 ambulance companies in the nation that holds this honor.
The process includes a comprehensive self-assessment and an independent outside review of our EMS organization. This independent process provides verification to the Board of Directors, the City Councils, the medical community and others that quality care is provided to the communities that we serve.
Having been accredited by CAAS since November 2011, AmeriCare has the understanding that with this knowledge that we will fall into a class that has more to prove every day, rather than less. That is, the conferment of a Certificate of Accreditation is not justification to rest on that laurel, but to prove at all times that such recognition is warranted. Along with the certification that our agency has met these standards in the past must be the commitment to continue striving to meet new standards and excel in ways not yet adapted into standards.
This accreditation will not only provide benefits for our company but also to the people we serve.
Patients (and your community): Accreditation assures your patients that our service has met the Commission’s high standard for quality patient care and that our service stands ready to care for their families, if needed.
Local Officials: Accreditation assures local officials that our service has undergone careful scrutiny by an independent review process. In future years, many local officials are expected to require ambulance accreditation.
Medical Community: The medical Community can be confident that our services are providing quality patient care in accordance with nationally accepted standards. Ambulance accreditation is important because of the role we play as a member of the health care team.