Anchorage, Alaska – June 16, 2014 – Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA) is awarding Guardian Flight with its second term medical transport accreditation for their fixed-wing program. As a result, Guardian Flight continues its NAAMTA Alliance membership, and thus is privy to the benefits associated.
Juliann McCabe, Guardian Flight’s Program Director stated, “Guardian Flight is extremely pleased to have received accreditation from NAAMTA. We are proud to be part of an elite group that has proven their ability to deliver services that exemplify the highest standards of quality patient care and safety.” She goes on to say, “NAAMTA accreditation is a rigorous, continuous lifestyle that challenges air medical transport companies to raise the bar when evaluating how we review all aspects of our company from medical protocols, medical equipment, training, education, aircraft maintenance, flight operations, communications, patient care, compliance, and management. Receiving NAAMTA accreditation is a true accomplishment and it instills a renewed sense of excitement and commitment from our team and solidifies our dedication to the patients we safely and proudly serve.”
Quoting from Roylen “Griff” Griffin, NAAMTA’s Executive Director: “Guardian flight has been one of our long-time Alliance members. Guardian Flight is a perfect example of continuous improvement. In our final evaluation, NAAMTA found that Guardian was in full compliance. To those employees and executives that worked so hard to keep focused on our Standards, I say “Job well done.”
Base Manager and Flight Nurse, Randall Combs commented "NAAMTA Standards involve state-of-the-art material geared toward helping the organization move forward, improve, and maintain quality improvement and overall excellence. The NAAMTA auditors were pleasant, personal and professional; their dedication to ISO accreditation guarantees that NAAMTA is held to a higher standard which in turn, will hold my organization to a higher standard."
Guardian Flight’s Accreditation and Alliance membership demonstrates their commitment to quality patient care and a culture of safety. Guardian is utilizing the tools and procedures of best practice standards, as per NAAMTA’s Accreditation Standards.
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 Guardian Flight
With bases statewide, Guardian Flight is the largest air medevac provider in the state of Alaska. Guardian Flight’s network transports medical, surgical, cardiac, trauma, pediatric, pediatric ICU, newborns, obstetrics and burn patients from rural facilities to tertiary care facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guardian Flight also provides non-urgent prearranged medical charters to or from any Alaskan community.
They emulate rapid access to trauma care for the critically injured which can mean the difference between life and death. For more than 10 years, Guardian has been actively collaborating with a variety of health care providers, clinics and EMS agencies to ensure quality medevac services for patients across the state of Alaska.
Guardian Flight continues its long-standing tradition of providing excellence in air medical transportation to the people of Alaska.
Roylen “Griff” Griffin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 111
American Fork, UT 84003