November 16th, 2022

Island Air Ambulance Achieves Reaccreditation

Island Air Ambulance based in Friday Harbor, WA received full recertification by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) agency out of Sandy Springs, SC after a recent site survey and inspection.

CAMTS, the premier accrediting body for national and international Air Ambulance organizations, issued a renewal of Island Air Ambulance’s full accreditation status at their October board meeting. The accreditation process involves a rigorous in-person inspection of the policies, practices, operational procedures, training, safety, and clinical education of an organization by a CAMTS site surveyor. Following the site survey, the documentation from the inspection is sent to the CAMTS board for review. Reaccreditation is applied for and reviewed every 3 years. 

Additionally, Island Air Ambulance has been recognized by the IBSC (International Board of Specialty Certification) for being the only Washington state air ambulance provider to employ 100% board-certified flight paramedics. The IBSC’s mission states on its website: “By offering the only specialty examination process of its kind, the IBSC offers validation of the best practices in care and creates a de facto National and International standard for critical care transport.”

Island Air Ambulance is proud to provide the highest level of critical care air ambulance transportation for San Juan County with certification by CAMTS and recognition of the IBSC.

May 8, 2019


Friday Harbor, WA – Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide.

Island Air Ambulance is a San Juan County-based critical care fixed wing air ambulance service operated by Island Air. “We have a phenomenal crew that hold themselves to the highest standards for patient care and safety,” said Jackie Hamilton, Island Air Owner and President.

Island Air’s Medical Director, Dr. Jason Heiner, said, “this prestigious reaccreditation is more than a gold standard seal of approval, it’s outside recognition of what communities in the San Juan’s have long recognized in the unique dedication and exceptional care of their local Island Air program.”

Island Air Ambulance has a Membership Program that is available for $39 per household to shield San Juan County residents and visitors from out-of-pocket costs in the event of an emergency fixed wing medical flight. Barbara Pluff, Island Air’s Membership Manager said, “it’s amazing to think we have a CAMTS-accredited air ambulance service based right here in the San Juan Islands.”


CAMTS is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. The Commission offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality. For more information, visit

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