STARS has once again earned one of the most prestigious industry designations following a rigorous accreditation process.

In granting accreditation for emergency critical care, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) recognized a number of strengths within STARS, including having access to transport physicians on all calls, a robust outreach and education program and a dedicated fleet renewal task force.

CAMTS is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment for services providing care and transport by helicopter, airplane and ground ambulance. Air medical programs that apply for CAMTS accreditation are held to a rigorous set of guidelines and safety standards that span all aspects of an air medical program including medical direction, crew education, communications, safety, documentation and quality improvement.

STARS first received accreditation with CAMTS in 1998 and it’s been renewed every three years since.

The accreditation process includes a comprehensive document review and multi-day, on-site inspection and the board chairman offered STARS his “heartfelt congratulations on the significant achievement.”

For Dave Evans, senior director, clinical services at STARS, accreditation is another way of letting our patients know they are in excellent hands.

“This demonstrates our commitment to consistently meeting or exceeding a rigorous set of standards which is validated through an extensive audit process,” said Evans.

“Every day, STARS takes care of some of the most critical patients in Western Canada. Providing safe, world-class medical care to our patients, coupled with our ongoing CAMTS accreditation attests to our allies that we take this commitment seriously.”