Ambulance Transfers Gain in Numbers (12/7)

posted Dec 7, 2017, 8:29 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library
Posted on December 7, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI 

Starke County EMS Clerk Mary Lynn Ritchie informed the commissioners Monday night that the number of ambulance transfers is increasing.

She said the number of transfers in November was at 16 percent which is up from seven percent the month before, but not where they were earlier this year. Basic Life Service transfers from the area nursing homes have increased where the EMS department had not been getting those calls.

EMS Director Travis Clary noted that open communication with the hospital and all involved has helped the numbers increase.

Transfers create revenue for Starke County EMS and with the reduction in transfers, the county hasn’t gotten the revenue as expected. However, Ritchie indicated that the revenue is still up from this time last year.