Salute to Excellence
Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award
Eileen Frazer: Eileen Frazer is the executive director of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) — an organization dedicated to improving the safety of both air- and ground-based medical transportation, which she both founded and has led for the past 25 years.
In the mid-1980s, Frazer was an emergency room nurse and chaired the safety committee of what is now the Association of Air Medical Services. The committee drafted criteria for peer review safety audits to address a growing number of air ambulance accidents. But Frazer and the committee felt the audits should be performed by an independent organization. So in 1988 and 1989, Frazer did a feasibility study, modelling her proposed organization on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health-Care Organizations, which accredits hospitals.
Today, there are 184 CAMTS-accredited air ambulance programs in six countries around the world. CAMTS completes, on average, 75 new or reaccreditation applications every year and processes approximately 100 progress reports as operations correct deficiencies found during audits.
The CAMTS organization is proud of Eileen’s dedication and accomplishments. This award is so well deserved for her passion for improving patient safety and the air medical industry.