Air Evac Lifeteam, operated by Air Evac EMS, Inc., the largest independently owned air medical service in the United States, has received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). Air Evac Lifeteam operates eight bases in the state of Arkansas, including Jonesboro, Springdale, Mountain Home, Boone County, Vilonia, Paris, Marianna and DeQueen.

The prestigious accreditation represents the highest standard for medical transport services. As part of the accreditation process, Air Evac Lifeteam voluntarily undertook the largest scale inspection and accreditation process in CAMTS’ history and is now the largest medical transport program under one name to achieve this accreditation in the world. All 69 Air Evac Lifeteam bases opened prior to May of 2008 are now accredited, with three recently opened bases scheduled for review in the near future for inclusion in the accreditation.

“We are very pleased to receive this tremendous honor,” said Air Evac Lifeteam President Seth Myers. “This accreditation is a validation of the high quality standards in which we operate and serve our communities. The focus of the accreditation process is on patient care and aviation safety and was a very positive and constructive process for our company. Receiving this accreditation underscores the high level of commitment of our crews and company to providing our patients and the agencies that refer them to us with quality medical services in a safe environment.”

“In their closing comments, the CAMTS surveyors spoke very highly of our employees and their commitment to our mission,” Myers added. “I’ve never been more proud to represent such a dedicated group of people, who have now been recognized by the industry’s leading accrediting body.”

CAMTS is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. To receive accreditation, a medical transport service must be in significant compliance with the CAMTS accreditation standards and demonstrate a high level of overall quality in service. By participating in the voluntary accreditation process, service organizations can verify their adherence to quality accreditation standards to themselves, their peers, medical professionals and the general public.

The voluntary accreditation process included on-site surveys at Air Evac Lifeteam’s corporate headquarters and bases by nine surveyors, along with a comprehensive review of the company’s operations. The company was evaluated on patient care, safety standards, quality improvement activities, education, equipment, staffing, communications, maintenance and administration.

Air Evac Lifeteam, based in West Plains, Missouri, is the largest independently owned and operated air-medical service in the United States and operates the largest air medical membership program in the U.S, with over 650,000 members. The company operates 72 bases across 12 states, serving more than 1,300 diverse referral sources, including over 600 hospitals and 700 EMS agencies, with over 1,600 employees. Air Evac Lifeteam has safely transported over 150,000 patients since its founding in 1985 and its aviation operations are “Gold” rated by the Aviation Research Group (ARG/US). The company’s medical training center leads the air medical industry as an approved provider of courses and educational training by the American Heart Association (AHA), National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and Continuing Education Coordinating Board of Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). Air Evac Lifeteam is the largest air medical provider in nine of its 12 states of operation, including Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.