Rockford Health System emergency helicopter earns re-accreditation

July 1, 1993

Rockford Health System emergency helicopter earns re-accreditation

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Rockford Health System’s REACT emergency helicopter and critical care ground transport program has earned re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).

REACT, the Regional Emergency Acute Care Transport, first earned this accreditation in 1994 and earned renewal in 1997 as well. REACT was the 13th program in the United States to earn this accreditation and is the only air medical program in the region to earn CAMTS accreditation.

The international accreditation process, developed exclusively by and for air medical and critical care ground services, focuses on quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Accreditation is earned following an in-depth review by commission representatives.

“Our staff voluntarily underwent the intense audit by CAMTS as a way of documenting the high level of patient care we offer in air medical and ground transports,” says Brian Aldred, M.D., a board-certified emergency medicine physician and medical director of REACT. “In addition, we have continued our excellent safety record by remaining incident and accident free since REACT began in 1987.”

Since its inception in 1987, REACT has completed more than 5,500 flights without an incident or accident. The REACT helicopter is an American Eurocopter BK 117 A3 with a cruising airspeed of 130 mph. and a maximum speed of 175 mph.

Highly trained critical care nurses and paramedics, as well as specialty care teams, provide in-flight patient care. REACT offers patient transport within northwest Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. REACT crews also provide ground ambulance transportation in a partnership with Metro Medical Services. REACT is part of the Level I Trauma Center at Rockford Health System, which treats more than 42,000 patients each year.

Rockford Health System includes: Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Clinic, Rockford Health Plans, the Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association and the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation.

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