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Williamson County EMS Attains CAAS Accreditation

Corrected Date August 31, 2016 (Williamson County, TX) – Williamson County EMS is pleased to announce that it was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). Williamson County EMS joins an elite group of only nine out of 782 Texas EMS systems and 175 out of approximately 16,000 EMS systems in the United States to be granted this accreditation.

The accreditation process requires the completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review by national experts in Emergency Medical Services. CAAS extended the accreditation to Williamson County EMS for outstanding achievement in compliance with national standards for best practices in the Emergency Medical Services industry.

“Gaining such a prestigious accreditation demonstrates that we are true leaders in the EMS industry, and that we are committed to demonstrating excellence every day,” said Kenny Schnell, director of Williamson County EMS. “CAAS accreditation represents our commitment to the patients and to the community we serve. We view accreditation as another step in our journey toward excellence.”

The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is clinical and operational excellence. The Commission established national standards, also known as the “Gold Standards”, which not only address the delivery of patient care, but the organization’s total operation including relationships with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community. The Commission’s standards exceed state and local licensing requirements.

“Our staff has been key to the successful completion of this process,” said Schnell. “I’m honored and blessed to work with such a fine staff, and I know they are just as proud to be part of this CAAS-accredited organization as I am.”

CAAS is a not-for-profit commission established by the EMS industry to promote and encourage quality in the ambulance industry. CAAS accreditation signifies that an ambulance service provider has met the Gold Standard of Care deemed by the industry to be essential in the delivery of a modern EMS system. CAAS-accredited agencies must adhere to strict industry standards that often exceed stated and local requirements, and are reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance with the standards. Accreditation increases clinical, operational and safety performance while decreasing risk and liability to the organization.