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New Hanover Regional Medical Center EMS Receives National Accreditation

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence. This achievement places NHRMC EMS in the top one percent of EMS systems in the country.
 “We are exceptionally proud of the hard work our men and women have put into the accreditation process.
This is a testament to the expertise, dedication and drive of the paramedics and advanced EMTs who make our EMS system one of the best in the country,” said Rick O'Donnell, director and chief of NHRMC EMS. “We are firmly committed to our patients and the community and we will continue to strive to provide excellent, high-quality care to everyone we serve.”
 CAAS is a non-profit organization established to encourage and promote best practices in the EMS industry. The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is high-quality patient care.
This is accomplished by not only addressing the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community. The Commission’s standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.
 “I applaud our EMS teams for achieving another exceptional accolade,” said NHRMC Vice President of Regional and Specialty Services David Parks. “From being named the top EMS system in the country to voluntarily completing the rigorous CAAS accreditation process, our team has shown incredible dedication to providing high-quality care to our patients.”
Last year, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMSWorld magazine named NHRMC EMS the 2016 Dick Ferneau Career Service of the Year. For more information on NHRMC Emergency Medical Services, visit www.nhrmc.org/services/emergency