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March 5, 2014

County moves forward with inter-facility ambulance transport services (+ Video)

Century Ambulance’s pleas fall short

Live Oak —

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners took no action Tuesday night on Century Ambulance’s request to place a moratorium on the county’s decision to enter the business of inter-facility transporting until the matter could be further discussed. 

Commissioners gave the nod to Public Safety Director and Fire Chief James Sommers for Suwannee County Fire Rescue to begin inter-facility transporting services at a previous board meeting. The service is now available for county residents by way of county resources.

John Glover, CEO of Century Ambulance, stood before the county commissioners Tuesday night joined by Marsha Morell, Century executive vice president, asking them to reconsider their decision. 

Morell told the board their company has been a great partner to Suwannee County. In 2012, the staff of Century Ambulance assisted the county with their struggling billing department at no charge and referred them to a software company and volunteered staff hours to understand the ends and outs of it. 

Century has assisted the county with repairs to their medical equipment and donated two trucks they took offline to Suwannee County.

The county currently has a mutual aide agreement with Century Ambulance, which will respond to accidents when Suwannee County Fire Rescue needs backup. 

Morell said two units are stationed at their Live Oak facility on Goldkist Blvd. that is dedicated to serving Suwannee County. The company also has six ambulances that are stationed in Lake City that can also serve this county when needed.

Besides serving the residents of Suwannee County, Morell expressed their presence in this community, having served the people here for over two decades. She said the company built a facility here, they pay taxes and employ Suwannee County residents.

“We operate very lean and efficiently at this point,” Morell told the board. “Several times in the past few years we’ve had to review our operation...we cannot afford any further reduction in our profit margin.”

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