Northwest MedStar, our region’s premier critical care transport program, was named 2012 Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) for exemplifying the best of the air-medical and critical care transport programs internationally.
“It is an honor for Northwest MedStar to receive this prestigious award from our peers and colleagues,” said Eveline Bisson, Northwest MedStar program director. “Northwest MedStar works with health care providers in the region to bring the best care and highest level of professionalism to critically ill and injured patients. We are proud to serve the communities of eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana and northeast Oregon.”
Awarded by the industry’s international association serving providers of air and ground medical transport systems, the AAMS 2012 Program of Year award recognized Northwest MedStar for demonstrating safety consciousness, patient care excellence, commitment to quality improvement, community service, strong leadership and visionary innovation. All AAMS air medical programs worldwide are eligible for the Program of the Year honor.
“The team is highly-trained with ICU and emergency department experience,” said Dr. James Nania, medical director with Northwest MedStar. “The cases that Northwest MedStar handles are at the high end of tough, and the care they provide is at the high-end of wonderful.”
Also honored at the AAMS Award Banquet on Monday, October 22, 2012 was Northwest MedStar Communication Specialist Stephen Thompson who received the 2012 “Communicator of the Year” award from the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists (NAACS). Stephen’s strong work as part of the Northwest MedStar communications team and his leadership over the Northwest MedStar safety committee made him standout among his peers.
In an award celebration later today, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Northwest MedStar will also receive a 5-year award for their operational leadership and excellence in the use of night vision technology in critical care transports. An important safety measure, the use of night vision technology improves visibility in low-light and night helicopter flying. The Night Vision Awards are put on by ASU, Night Flight Concepts and Vertical Magazine.
As one of just 149 Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)-accredited emergency transport services in the world, Northwest MedStar was recently recognized for their best practice in their use of virtual presence technology by nurses in the communication center. Northwest MedStar’s primary service area covers eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana and eastern Oregon, and also provides patient transport to Seattle and other facilities throughout the United States and parts of Canada using helicopter, fixed-wing and ground transport.
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Northwest MedStar, a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) accredited critical care transport program, provides high-quality care and transport to over 3,700 patients each year from its bases in Spokane, TriCities, Moses Lake and Pullman, Washington. All flights are conducted by, and operational control over all aircraft is exercised solely by Metro Aviation, Inc. A division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), Northwest MedStar also offers a membership program that shields people from emergency air transport costs not covered by health insurance. For more information about Northwest MedStar or the membership program, visit www.nwmedstar.org. To support Northwest MedStar’s ongoing services through a commitment to the foundation, visit www.inhs.org/foundation or call (509) 509) 473-6370.