Vanderbilt LifeFlight Receives National Accreditation

Nashville (Tenn.) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight air ambulance program has become the first program in Tennessee to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).

After an extensive accreditation process, Vanderbilt LifeFlight received its accreditation on April 2. It joins a small list of just over 100 medical transport programs in the

United States
to be accredited by CAMTS.

“Although accreditation is strictly voluntary, LifeFlight made the decision to pursue accreditation two years ago as part of our mission to provide the highest quality care in the safest manner possible” said Jeanne Yeatman, R.N., M.B.A., LifeFlight program director.

In LifeFlight’s 21-year history, more than 25,000 patients have been transported to hospitals in

Nashville and destinations around the world. It is Tennessee’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport program, providing service via four helicopters and one fixed wing aircraft. It has maintained an accident free safety record since the program’s inception in 1984.

“Gaining accreditation is just another step in our pursuit to be one of a handful of premier air medical transport programs in the world,” said John A. Morris Jr., M.D., LifeFlight’s medical director, professor of Surgery and Biomedical Informatics and director of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

LifeFlight maintains four helicopter bases in rural areas of Middle Tennessee including Lebanon, Tullahoma, Clarksville and Mount Pleasant. The fixed-wing division of LifeFlight operates from Nashville International Airport.

CAMTS is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. The prestigious accreditation represents the highest standards possible for transport services.

The CAMTS accreditation revolves around and focuses on the delivery of high quality patient care and safety in the transport environment. The accreditation process involves a site survey coupled with an extensive review of all facets of the operation by the CAMTS organization. To gain accreditation, a transport program must be in substantial compliance with the CAMTS Accreditation Standards and demonstrate a high level of overall quality in service.

“Similar to the strict standards and assessment of hospitals by the Joint Commission of Accredited Healthcare Organizations, CAMTS offers transport programs a vehicle to demonstrate high performance in the areas of quality and safety,” Yeatman said.


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