In The News
November 11 , 2008 -
United Ambulance’s Bridgton Division- Maine’s Second
Nationally Accredited Ground Ambulance Service
Last month United Ambulance Service of Bridgton became the second Maine licensed ground ambulance service to become nationally accredited. United’s Bridgton Division obtained national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).
This designation was awarded after United participated in a voluntary review process by nationally-recognized experts representing CAAS. As part of the review process, United’s entire operation was evaluated and critiqued based upon national standards set forth by the reviewing agency. Areas such as employee education, patient care, response times, community integration, policies/procedures and financial practices were extensively reviewed to ensure United was eligible for the highest designation in the industry, CAAS Accreditation.
In many instances the commission’s standards exceed state and local licensing requirements making designation increasingly difficult. Currently only 120 ambulance services across the United States and Canada meet these standards.
“We are extremely pleased to obtain national accreditation in Bridgton as it reflects our commitment to provide the highest quality patient care for the people living in and around the Bridgton region,” said Paul Fillebrown United’s Bridgton Supervisor.
Accreditation is an ongoing commitment and requires services to participate in reaccreditation processes every three years. United’s Auburn/Lewiston Division became accredited in December of 2006 as Maine’s first nationally accredited ground agency and is one of New England’s seven accredited services.
Paul Gosselin, United’s Executive Director said “our tenure as a CAAS accredited service reflects our solid operational structure that has been consistently developing over the past 27 years. We are pleased that this reflection of excellence has continued to become integrated with our Bridgton operation over the past several years”.
United’s Bridgton Division is located on the Bridgton Hospital Campus located off of South High Street in Bridgton. United is jointly owned by Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Since 2001, United’s Bridgton Division has been the primary ambulance service for community members in Bridgton, Denmark and Sweden. Additionally, mutual aid services are consistently provided to many towns within the lakes and western mountain regions. If you would like more information about United Ambulance Service, visit: www.unitedambulance.com.