Tri-City Ambulance (TCA) has received a three year accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Tri-City Ambulance is one of only 178 ambulance services in the country to successfully complete the voluntary review process which included completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review by national experts in emergency medical services (EMS). With this achievement, Tri-City Ambulance becomes the third accredited agency ambulance service to be accredited in the state of Illinois.
Tri-City Ambulance has been in existence since 1982, and currently consists of the cities of St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Batavia and Countryside Fire Protection District, and Geneva Township. In 1985, an Intergovernmental Agreement was created among the communities formalizing Tri-City Ambulance (TCA).
By participating in the agreement, each member’s community has access to a total of eight Advanced Life Support Ambulances, five of which are kept staffed and ready for emergencies 24/7, and three of which are kept in reserve. Each ambulance is staffed by two state-certified paramedics. In order to staff the ambulances, TCA has a contract with Paramedic Services of Illinois (PSI) that allows for even greater cost savings for TCA member communities. Ambulances are equipped with cardiac monitors that are capable of sending 12 lead EKGs to the Emergency Department (ED), monitor heart rhythms, provide defibrillation, and transcutaneous cardiac pacing. The ambulances also contain equipment for advanced airway procedures, medication to treat various medical and/or traumatic injuries, as well as equipment for treatment of traumatic injuries, cuts, bone fractures, and delivery of newborns.
CAAS is a non-profit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. This is accomplished by establishing a national standard which not only address 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. CAAS’s standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.
TCA Administrator, Stephanie Hanson said, “Accreditation represents our firm commitment to our patients and community. We will continue to challenge everything we do to find more efficient and cost effective methods that will provide the highest level of service. Our staff has been key in our successful completion of the process. I think it gives the feeling of prestige and pride to work in an accredited ambulance service. Everyone here played a valuable role in our ability to meet CAAS’s high standards.”