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March 5, 2014

Century Ambulance reps speak out

County’s decision to perform non-emergency medical transport will be devastating to the private company, say reps.

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Editor’s note: The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners listened to concerns Century Ambulance representatives had concerning the county performing non-emergency medical transport at their regular meeting Tuesday night. At that meeting, commissioners did not take any action, allowing Suwannee County to continue in the non-medical transport business. The following interview occurred Feb. 28. 

A local private company that specializes in non-emergency medical transport is asking the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners to reconsider their recent decision to have Suwannee County Fire Rescue launch into the same business. John Glover, the chief executive officer of Century Ambulance, is asking the board to consider placing a moratorium on their decision until it can be further discussed stating the county’s move to enter into the private sector would be devastating for his business.

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners gave the nod to Public Safety Director and Fire Chief James Sommers to begin non-emergency transport services within the county. The service is now available for county residents by way of county resources.

Glover said Century Ambulance has been in Suwannee County for over two decades.

“We’ve been in the county for 22 years. We’re very close to Suwannee County Fire Rescue,” Glover said. “We have been a partner of theirs for, again, 22 years. We’ve been a part of the fabric of this community for over two decades now.”

Glover has been affiliated with the company for about three years serving as an advisor to the owner and has been the CEO for about two years. Marsha Morell, Century executive vice president, has been with the company for over 20 years.

Century’s assistance to the county

Morell said through the years, Century has assisted the county with repairs to their medical equipment and have even donated units to the county.

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