Medshore Ambulance, headquartered in Anderson, South Carolina, has received re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Medshore Ambulance has maintained accreditation since 2001 and is the first and only accredited ambulance service in South Carolina.
Medshore Ambulance successfully completed the voluntary review process, which included completion of a comprehensive application and onsite review by national experts in emergency medical services. Accredited ambulances are recertified through this process every three years.
“CAAS accreditation is the gold standard for our industry,” said Medshore Vice President of Strategic Projects & Governmental Affairs Josh Shore. “We view our accreditation as an affirmation of the excellent ambulance service we have provided in South Carolina for more than 46 years. Out of the approximately 23,000 public and private EMS agencies in the country, fewer than 200 are accredited.”
To receive re-accreditation, Medshore Ambulance provided evidence that it met more than 100 standards set by CAAS covering structure, interagency relations, management, finance, community relations and public affairs, human resources, clinical standards, safety and risk management, equipment and facilities, and communication centers.
“Our staff has been key to our successful completion of the process,” said Shore. “Everyone at Medshore played a valuable role in our ability to meet the Commission’s high standards. Working in an accredited ambulance service provides our staff with a sense of pride and helps us recruit and retain the best EMTs and paramedics in the area.”
The Commission is a non-profit organization established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is establishing high-quality patient care through national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the public, and the medical community. The Commission’s standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.
Founded in 1976, Medshore Ambulance is the largest privately-owned ambulance service in South Carolina and is the 911 service provider to Anderson, Barnwell, Bamberg, Sumter, Lexington and Richland counties. Medshore is a member of the Priority Ambulance national family of companies.
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