Honolulu, HI – March 28, 2014 – Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices and facilities, the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA) is awarding Hawaii Life Flight (HLF) with medical transport accreditation for their fixed and rotor-wing program. As a result, Hawaii Life Flight continues its NAAMTA Alliance membership, and thus is privy to the associated benefits.
Hawaii Life Flight is a comprehensive air medical transportation program headquartered throughout the Hawaiian Islands. With over 30 years’ experience serving the people of Hawaii; they take great pride in their employees and in maintaining safety and quality of patient care.
With their six bases, Hawaii Life Flight has demonstrated a continued commitment to maintaining and/or exceeding the stringent requirements of the NAAMTA Standards. Their history of successful medical transports is further evidenced by the accomplishment of achieving NAAMTA Accreditation.
Dawn Guillermo, Hawaii Life Flight’s Program Director stated, “Our program has always operated with safety first in mind as well as the highest quality of care for our patients. Working with NAAMTA to achieve this prestigious accreditation has really brought these principles to the forefront. As an accredited NAAMTA Alliance member, we have the full support of NAAMTA and are kept up to date on the latest standards of our industry.”
Dr. David Yew, Medical Director agreed by saying, “NAAMTA Accreditation sets a high standard for quality improvement measures and assess current policies, procedures and operations without significant bias.”
Hawaii Life Flight demonstrated compliance in each of the numerous standards, offering documentation on processes for safety, aviation, and medical practices. NAAMTA found their compliance to be evident through employee interviews, on-site evaluations, and process reviews, all of which were conducted using the prestigious International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 auditing guidelines.
“Third party objective oversight of the accreditation body is essential to assure non-biased organizational appraisal,” comments Mark Leggett, HLF’s Medical Department Chief. “This sets NAAMTA apart from other accreditation entities, and that is important.”
By attaining NAAMTA Accreditation, Hawaii Life Flight demonstrates the depth of their medical transport experience through their dedication to improving patient care and cultivating an environment of safety. Hawaii Life Flight is made up of industry experts. Now their expertise is proven through a nationally-recognized medical transport accreditation.
“We are excited to announce the reaccreditation of Hawaii Life Flight; their dedication to provide the highest quality of service for medical transports was evident throughout the audit,” stated Amy Arndt, NAAMTA’s Program Director. “In addition to compliance to the requirements for accreditation, employees demonstrated a unique unification with a focus on meeting the needs of the patient and pursuing training and education based on patient demographics and industry trends.”
NAAMTA is a standard bearer for the medical transport industry, offering procedures that include guidelines for developing a quality management system focusing on transport safety, patient care, and continuous improvement.
Since its inception in 2009, NAAMTA has worked diligently to be globally recognized by attaining ISO 9001:2008 QMS certification and to implement quality practices into their accreditation program. NAAMTA has successfully made great strides in identifying key best practices to improve the standard of performance among EMS providers at a national and global level. Through a dynamic approach to auditing and a vast array of web-based reporting and learning tools for members, NAAMTA distinguishes itself as an accreditation source interested in the improvement of medical transport organizations.
Dawn Guillermo also added that “NAAMTA is one of the most professional auditing teams in the business.”