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National EMS celebrates two decades of accreditation

Special Photo ---- National EMS employees, from left, Paul Herbert, Chris Sheridan, Melissa Holley, Anthony Chamblee, Leigh Arnold and Aimee Grey, gather to display the recognition plaque the company received for being accredited for two decades by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services

Special Photo ---- National EMS employees, from left, Paul Herbert, Chris Sheridan, Melissa Holley, Anthony Chamblee, Leigh Arnold and Aimee Grey, gather to display the recognition plaque the company received for being accredited for two decades by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services

National EMS Inc. recently received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence and was recognized as one of only eight EMS providers in the country maintaining continuous accreditation for 20 years.

In 1993, National EMS became the first EMS provider in Georgia and the 19th ambulance service 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. With this year's accreditation, National EMS is the only provider in Georgia to be accredited for two decades.

The Commission is a nonprofit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America's medical transportation system. The primary focus of the Commission's standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards 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.

Benny Atkins, chief operating officer for National EMS, in a press release, said accreditation "represents our firm commitment to our patients and community. We continuously strive to do our best and we view accreditation as another step toward excellence."