Oldham County EMS managed by Baptist Health
The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) recently announced that the Oldham County EMS, managed by Baptist Health, achieved a three-year accreditation making it one of only three organizations in Kentucky to receive this status.
Oldham County EMS, managed by Baptist Health, receives three-year accreditation
Agency one of only three in Kentucky to achieve status
La Grange, KY (July 15, 2016) – The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) recently announced that the Oldham County EMS, managed by Baptist Health, achieved a three-year accreditation making it one of only three organizations in Kentucky to receive this status. Accreditation signifies that a service has met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical services provider.
“Our team worked hard to ensure we could meet or exceed all nine categories required to achieve accreditation,” said Todd Early, director of the Oldham County EMS, managed by Baptist Health. “As an organization, we are very lucky to have the backing of the Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District who covered the cost of our accreditation application and Baptist Health La Grange for providing support and resources to accomplish this goal.”
In order to attain accreditation, the organization was evaluated on nine categories including: organizational; inter-agency relations; management; financial management; human resources; clinical standards; safe operations and managing risk; equipment and facilities and communication center.
“As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District, and as a citizen of Oldham County, I am extremely pleased at this most significant accomplishment of our EMS team, said Thomas J. Clark, DMD, FACD, FICD, chairman, Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District Board of Directors. “This is a reflection of the tremendous collaboration between the Baptist Health organization, the management team of the OCEMS, and the incredible effort of our highly competent and dedicated EMS Staff. Citizens of Oldham County have every right to take pride and have confidence in this important community resource.” Dr. Clark added, “This unconditional accreditation comes about as an indication of achieving and maintaining a cutting edge service. Well done, indeed!”
The agency joins the ranks of 170 agencies in North America who are currently accredited and one of only three in Kentucky. In addition to achieving accreditation the Oldham County EMS, managed by Baptist Health, is in the midst of a constructing a new station. The Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District invested $2.25 million in the 10,800-square-foot facility which will be located on land leased from Baptist Health La Grange that is adjacent to the hospital. The project is scheduled for completion in late summer.