Subsequent to a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, NAAMTA is awarding Classic Lifeguard with its second term medical transport accreditation for their fixed- and rotor-wing program. As a result, Classic Lifeguard is being award NAAMTA Accreditation and we are proud to have them continue in their role within the NAAMTA Alliance, and thus are privy to the benefits associated.
Amy Arndt, NAAMTA Program Director states: “I was impressed by the strength and visible dedication of the Classic Lifeguard family to serve their patients; employees eagerly demonstrated their skills and expertise when transporting patients under various conditions whether it be from a scene call or interfacility transport. Safety is a primary focus for our accredited members, and Classic Lifeguard continues to demonstrate a focus on safety practices and training internally and within their communities.”
NAAMTA’s Alliance members are held in high esteem for meeting stringent requirements that define and influence transport operational excellence. Classic Lifeguard 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 was conducted using ISO 9001:2008 auditing guidelines.
After a medical transport organization attains accreditation through NAAMTA, they must demonstrate ongoing compliance in the form of yearly reports. These reports give evidence of the organization’s continued efforts at complying with NAAMTA Standards and improving medical transport practices internally and externally.
By attaining NAAMTA Accreditation, Classic Lifeguard, comprising industry experts, demonstrates the depth of their medical transport experience through their dedication to improving patient care and cultivating an environment of safety.
NAAMTA is an accreditation 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.
About Classic Lifeguard
Classic Lifeguard was created in response to the need for air medical evacuation services, from scene calls, search and rescue, as well as inter-facilities from one hospital to another. Classic Lifeguard dedicates helicopters and specialized flight crews to hospitals upon request. The origin of their operations can be developed at any hospital by working together to create rapid life flight services.
Classic Lifeguard officially began in 1988 with one helicopter, a pilot, and a medical crew of two basic-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). For more than 25 years, the ever-expanding Classic Lifeguard has been filling the needs for emergency air medical transport services receiving calls from multiple EMS and law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and clinics in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Classic Lifeguard continues this tradition of excellence and safety in providing emergency scene response and inter-facility transport services.
The experienced medical teams of Classic Lifeguard utilize specialized skills to meet the complex needs of the patients they serve. Requesting agencies depend on their ability to apply all possible resources to meet the logistical demands unique to rural emergency care.
Roylen “Griff” Griffin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 111
American Fork, UT 84003