MedFlight Applying for CAMTS Re-Accreditation This Fall.
Public Notice, by Tom Allenstein, President & CEO
MedFlight welcomes CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport
Systems) on September 6 & 7, 2018.
The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally
established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine
whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program, again.
CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to:
Office of the Executive Director
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
PO Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC, 29677
The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.
This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be
removed until the site visit is completed.
Date Posted: August 8, 2018.
UPDATE 2/8/18, 11:24am: Chuck continues to heal and recover and remains in the care of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. His family and loved ones have been notified and are at his bedside, along with many of our crew members.
Because Chuck’s family resides outside of Columbus, some out of state, we have set up a GoFundMe account to help cover their travel and living expenses while they journey with Chuck through the healing process. If you would like to donate, please visit www.gofundme.com/medflightstrong.
2/5/18, 1:57am: The injured crew member, Chuck Calissie, remains in the care of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dale Muetzel, Samantha Brocwell, and Cody Shetler have been released from Riverside Methodist Hospital following medical evaluation.
The teams at MedFlight would like to thank you for your overwhelming thoughts and prayers during this incident.
2/5/18, 12:42am: The families of the Mobile ICU ground team involved in the accident have been updated regarding the conditions of their family members and have approved the release of names. The injured crew member was Chuck Calissie, who is currently being treated at The Ohio State University Wexner Center. Dale Muetzel, Samantha Brocwell, and Cody Shetler are currently being evaluated at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Special thanks to local first responders, the staff at Mary Rutan Hospital, Columbus Division of Fire’s CISD team, and all others involved for their quick response and support. We will continue to keep you updated.
2/4/18, 9:02pm. At approximately 6:45pm on Sunday 2/4/18, while enroute to a referring facility to begin a patient transport, MedFlight’s Columbus-based Mobile ICU team was involved in an accident with injuries to one of the medical crew members. There were no fatalities. First responders transported the team to the local hospital for assessment.
We will keep you updated as details are available. Please do not call our emergency dispatch number at this time in regards to this incident. We are still processing requests for critical-care transport if needed. We thank you for your support and patience as we assist our team during this incident.
MedFlight and Healthnet Aeromedical Services Extend Partnership with SOMC
Portsmouth, OH. Ohio-based MedFlight and West Virginia-based Healthnet Aeromedical Services are proud to announce the extension of their Preferred Provider Agreement with Southern Ohio Medical Center through 2020.
Healthnet Aeromedical Services 4 / MedFlight 7 is a shared critical-care air medical base located at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport and recently celebrated 10-years of service in Scioto County. Their current provider partnership with SOMC has been in place since the inception of the base and was re-signed in 2014.
“We’re honored to have the full confidence of the leaders and staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center. We share a wonderful relationship with them and are pleased to have the opportunity to extend it through the end of the decade and beyond,” said Healthnet Aeromedical Services CEO Clinton Burley.
Healthnet Aeromedical Services 4 / MedFlight 7 provides air medical transport from remote scenes as well as from area hospitals 24/7, 365 days-a-year. The flight teams have many years of experience transporting adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients reliant on ICU-level expertise, equipment and medicine. The team also carries blood and fresh plasma on the aircraft.
“We’re humbled to be part of the Scioto County community and proud we can provide excellent service to the residents in Southern Ohio in their greatest times of need. It’s truly an honor that SOMC trusted us to continue to serve them as their air medical provider of choice”, stated MedFlight President Tom Allenstein. “We’re looking forward to working together with the Southern Ohio Medical Center to better patient outcomes for years to come.”
Kettering Health Network and MedFlight are expanding their critical air transportation partnership by adding a permanent medical helicopter base at the Preble County Medical Center in Eaton, Ohio.
Kettering Health Network plans to construct the base, which will include a hangar and crew living quarters. The permanent base will be staffed by critical care nurses and paramedics, pilots, and mechanics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During construction, a helicopter will be based at the Preble County Medical Center during the day starting within the next 90 days.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with MedFlight to serve the people of Preble County and the surrounding counties in southwest Ohio,” says Fred Manchur, Chief Executive Officer of Kettering Health Network. “MedFlight, along with Kettering Health Network’s comprehensive emergency and trauma services, offers life-saving service close at hand for people with a life-threatening injury or illness who need to get to a hospital fast.”
Kettering Health Network’s partnership with MedFlight began in 2013, when MedFlight placed a medical helicopter base nearby in Fayette County, serving Kettering Health Network and other partnering health systems and communities to the east of the greater Dayton area, including Fayette and Clinton counties.
In the greater Dayton region, MedFlight will provide critical care transportation of patients between Kettering Health Network hospitals and other hospitals as necessary. The helicopter will also respond to accident scenes and transports patients to the most appropriate hospital for critical care.
Furthermore, MedFlight’s new base will add an additional resource to the existing fleet to support other affiliated hospital partners throughout Ohio.
“MedFlight is honored to partner with Kettering Health Network in serving southwest Ohio by providing customer-focused medical transportation solutions,” says Tom Allenstein, President of MedFlight. “This community resource will reduce response times for critical patients in need, who will now receive faster critical care.”
Kettering Health Network
Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. The network’s hospitals are Kettering, Grandview, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Soin, Fort Hamilton, and Kettering Behavioral Medicine. Kettering College, a division of Kettering Medical Center, is a fully accredited college that specializes in health science education. Kettering Health Network is recognized as one of the 2016 Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems in the United States.
MedFlight is a non-profit air and ground critical care transportation company based in Columbus, Ohio that completes thousands of critical care transports by Helicopter and Mobile Intensive Care ground units each year. MedFlight is made possible by its consortium health systems of OhioHealth and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. MedFlight also has a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. MedFlight received the air medical industry’s highest safety award in 2012 and was named “Program of the Year” in 2014.