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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 11.24.2010

Valley Ambulance Authority and Northwest EMS Jointly Agree To Discuss Shared Services

 

Valley Ambulance Authority, in cooperation with Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority and NorthWest EMS have agreed to conduct a feasibility study in regard to potential shared services, plans and programs between NorthWest EMS (aka Embrooke Inc.) and Valley Ambulance Authority.

Although both organizations are currently financially and operationally stable, VAA and NWEMS are hopeful that these discussions will result in a long term, comprehensive solution which will maintain and enhance the delivery of EMS and medical transportation services in the communities served by both entities.

The discussions are being initiated in an effort to help avoid escalating system problems which confront many EMS providers in this region and across the country.  EMS providers in many communities are facing critical, long term financial and operational issues including:  1)increased personnel costs related to recruiting and retaining highly trained EMT’s and Paramedics; 2) declining insurance reimbursements from (e.g.: Medicare, and Medicaid) which are typically lower than the actual cost to provide EMS services; and 3) escalating financial issues related to the maintenance and replacement of expensive medical equipment and ambulances.  (e.g.: advanced life support ambulances can range in the price from $100,000 - $200,000).

The feasibility study will examine operational and financial issues related to maintaining and enhancing the provision of EMS services to local residents.  During the analysis period, VAA and NWEMS representatives plan to meet with local elected officials and other public safety entities including local police and fire department personnel to obtain their input and feedback about the future delivery of EMS services.

Once the feasibility analysis is completed, the EMS organizations plan to jointly consult with local elected officials to decide on the next steps of the planning process and the most desirable and feasible alternative.

Valley Ambulance Authority, a municipal authority, provides EMS and medical transportation services to Townships of Moon, Findlay, Crescent and Neville and Coraopolis Borough.  Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority serves the communities of Aleppo, Bell Acres, Edgeworth, Glenfield, Haysville, Leet, Leetsdale, Glen-Osborne, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills.  VAA in conjunction with QVAA, employs more than seventy (70) employees and operate a fleet of seven (7) Advanced Life Support ambulances, four (4) wheelchair vans and two (2) specialty response vehicles.  VAA operates from two stations located in Moon Township and Findlay Township.

NorthWest EMS, a privately owned ambulance service, operates in eleven (11) communities including Bellevue, Avalon, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Emsworth, Kilbuck, McKees Rocks, Kennedy, Stowe, Oakdale and North Fayette.  NWEMS employs more than ninety (90) employees and operates a fleet of ten (10) Advanced Life Support ambulances, three (3) specialty response vehicles and a wheelchair van.  NWEMS operates from three (3) base stations located in Ben Avon, McKees Rocks, and North Fayette.

 


 

Questions about this press release should be directed to: Mr. J.R. Henry at  412.262.5292 or Mr. David Gallagher at 412.331.2600