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UVA Medical Transport Network Earns National Accreditation

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After 18 months of hard work, the University of Virginia Health System is marking a milestone. The medical program's air and ground transport services have earned national accreditation for the first time.

For those who need critical care, but are nowhere near a hospital, this recognition means the medical transport network is doing everything it can to get you the quality care when and where you need it most.

"We want to be the best critical care clinicians out there - and this gives us that. It gives us that road map," said Mike Wasilko, Pegasus flight supervisor.

UVA's medical transport team is being recognized for their rescue work - on the road and in the sky. The transport network is made up of medical communication, a newborn emergency transportation system, and the Pegasus rescue helicopter.

"It puts a dot on the map that this is what we're going to do.  We're going to hold ourselves to this standard every day, every time we go out.  I think it's important to give direction so everybody is on the same page," said Wasilko.

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems granted the crew its first three-year national certification after months of review. The medical transport network was assessed using several standards - including patient care, quality management, and training. 

"Some of the things they came in to look at were policies, procedures, things related again to our daily operations, things that are related to our clinical operations, things related to our safety program," said Tim Hodge, medical network manager.

The team says it's a stamp of approval that serves as a benchmark for best practices.

"Very often, we're following what we believe to be our best thing to do and what CAMTS has been able to bring to us - it's a third-party verification that we're following the national best practices, that we're looking at clinical care in the best way possible," said Hodge.

Certified care that can be delivered on the scene to save a life.

"Whether it be in the areas of West Virginia or remote areas, we're bringing critical care medicine to the patients in need.  We're just not facilitating transport here.  We're taking the university to where it needs to be," said Wasilko.

The medical transport network is made up of about 80 members who serve more than 6,500 patients a year. The accreditation will last through 2016.

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