Richmond-based Reid Health is expanding its emergency ambulance services as the new provider for Union County. The health system was awarded the contract in early September after a bidding process.
The health system says the ambulance and its crew will be stationed at 950 N. Market Street in Liberty which is the same location as the Neighborhood Health Clinic. Reid also has open positions for paramedics and EMTs.
“We plan to be an active partner in the community supporting local events and school functions as well as working closely with the volunteer fire departments to provide EMS education to enhance the care provided to Union County residents and those who visit the area,” said Ryan Williams, director of EMS, forensics and trauma services for Reid Health.
The health system says there will be one advanced life support ambulance staffed with one paramedic and one EMT at all times. A second ambulance is expected to be available during high volume periods such as special events and summer weekends when more people visit Brookville Lake.
“Our ambulances often are traveling several hundred miles a day, which limits the number of patients that one ambulance is able to move,” Williams said. “An additional vehicle will help with that issue.”
Reid began providing emergency ambulance services in 2019 when it was awarded the contract for western Wayne County.
“We look forward to providing the same level of quality care to Union County as we have in western Wayne County over the past two years,” said Misti Foust-Cofield, vice president and chief nursing officer at Reid Health.
The health system says it is also growing its transportation services capabilities, adding another ambulance to its fleet in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an increase in patients with mental health needs.