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October, 2016 will be remembered as the first category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007 (Hurricane Felix). The tropical storm devastated parts of Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and parts of the southeastern United States and other outlying areas. It has been reported that the storm caused over 1,500 deaths, including 49 in the United States.
Prior to the storm's arrival, the state of Georgia began making preparations for coastal occupants. On October 8 the State Office of EMS requested Community Ambulance's involvement in a state agency strike team, which would enter areas affected by Hurricane Matthew along the Georgia coast and facilitate the largest coastal evacuation in Georgia state history.
Community Ambulance was called on to provide medical support for the strike team and provide medical assistance to any casualties from the storm. Over 60 ambulance services participated in the effort, in addition to state agencies includ-ing the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Emer-gency Management Agency.
Through this massive collaborative effort, the team was able to evacuate (and later repatriate) over 1,300 patients, emptying two hospital systems located in the storm's path.
The only dually accredited ems provider in ga
On October 11, Community Ambulance held a formal accreditation ceremony and reception. The ceremony was attended by special guest and inventor of modern emergency dispatch protocol, Dr. Jeff Clawson. Dr. Clawson travelled from Utah just to attend this special ceremony, where he personally recognized the Com-munity Ambulance communications staff and presented each team member with an official ACE uniform pin. Dr. Clawson also commemorated the event by personally signing a set of Community Ambulance's EMD cards.
What does becoming an Accredited Center of Excellence mean? Community Ambulance achieved accredi-tation for demonstrating compliance to the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) and the associated "20 Points of Excellence". The "20 Points of Excel-lence" encompass international practice standards of excellence for Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD). This level of op-erational effectiveness addresses system oversight, quality improvement programs and individual certification of all emergen-cy call-takers. Community Ambulance's voluntary participation in the ACE accredi-tation process speaks to the transparency and commitment of the organization to the communities and facilities served.
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