October 27, 2020 — Englewood Health has received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Earning this distinction makes the hospital’s ambulance service one of less than 200 of approximately 21,000 licensed agencies in the country to do so.
The certification was received upon successful completion of the first-ever virtual site visit to be performed by CAAS, which included a review by national experts in emergency medical services (EMS).
“This is a highly-prized recognition representing our firm commitment to our patients and community,” said Richard Sposa, director of emergency medical services at Englewood Health. “We continuously strive to do our best, and this accreditation is another step toward excellence.”
“All the members of our team have been vital to our successful completion of the process,” said Dr. Barbara Schreibman, medical director of emergency medical services at Englewood Health. “There’s a great feeling of pride and prestige working in an accredited ambulance service. Everyone played a valuable role in our ability to meet the commission’s high standards.”
The Commission is a non-profit organization established to encourage and promote quality patient care in the country’s medical transportation system. This is accomplished by establishing national standards—often exceeding state or local licensing requirements—which address not only 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.