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University of Missouri Health Care News Releases
Staff for Life Helicopter Re-accredited by CAMTS

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Staff for Life Helicopter Service has been re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).

The three-year accreditation, which began Nov. 1, 2011, recognizes the Staff for Life’s achievement in meeting the highest standards possible for medical transport services and focuses on quality of care and safety.

“This represents a significant achievement for our helicopter service,” said Leeann Johnson, R.N., chief flight nurse and medical manager of the Staff for Life Helicopter Service. “It means that our program, which has been accredited by the commission since 2003, is a leader in air medical transport and highlights our commitment to quality and safety for our patients and our staff.”

The accreditation process involved an extensive on-site survey and review of every aspect of the program. To maintain accreditation, a program must demonstrate overall quality of service and practices consistent with the standards and professional judgment of the CAMTS board of directors.

Since its inception in November of 1982, the Staff for Life helicopters have flown more than 30,000 patient missions, saving the lives of thousands of Missourians. Helicopters are stationed at University Hospital in Columbia, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach and west of Sedalia in La Monte.

The helicopter service is owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation, with medical care and medical direction provided by University of Missouri Health Care staff.

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