Middleburg Reliance Hose Company and Evangelical Celebrate One Year of Collaborating Services
Middleburg Reliance Hose Company recently celebrated a year of sharing Paramedic and EMT services with Evangelical Community Hospital.
The combined services came when the two partners realized there was an opportunity to improve access to services for community members, lower charges provided to patients needing Pre-Hospital services, offset staffing challenges for the local fire company, and make better use of resources for both the fire company and the Hospital.
Starting in November 2011, Evangelical began placing a paid paramedic and EMT on initial 911 calls. The decision provided consistent staffing on rotation to the ambulance and allowed the elimination of the costs associated with a second response vehicle. Under the new structure, the EMT and Paramedic serve on location at the fire company; when an emergency call comes in they respond through the coordination of services under one roof.
The transition has been smooth and positive with a huge impact in efficient service and lower cost for patients. The occasional confusion of seeing personnel with Evangelical apparel or name tags is easily explained with patients knowing they are receiving the quality emergency care they expect when the ambulance arrives on scene.
Jared Mizer, Ambulance Captain of Reliance Hose Company, said, “Reliance Hose Company has always made serving the community its top priority. The partnership with Evangelical has proven to be a perfect fit for that mission, with our community members having available to them rapid-response Advanced Life Support coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
The year of partnership has included a total of 1,045 ambulance calls comprised of 737 medical calls, 268 trauma calls, and 40 stand-by situations such as a fire or accident where there is a chance for ambulance need.
Nicholas Klose, Director of Pre-Hospital Services for Evangelical, said, “We constantly look for the most efficient ways to get patients the emergency care they need while keeping in mind cost and resources involved. This partnership with Middleburg is similar to one we’ve had with Mifflinburg, Milton and Watsontown. In total, Evangelical has 88 employees in Pre-Hospital services serving our communities.”
Klose continued, “Reliance Hose Company has a long history of providing excellent emergency services to Middleburg service area and now through this partnership they support rural areas like Richfield, Beaver Springs, Troxelville, and Kreamer. By building on that experience and working together we are assuring accessible ambulance services continue for a long-time to come.”
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.