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Health center CEO, supervisors, talk county ambulance needs

By Nicole Major/Ledger staff writer | Sep 07, 2017

During a recent Jefferson County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, the supervisors discussed the county’s upcoming ambulance needs with Jefferson County Health Center CEO Bryan Hunger.

Currently, Midwest Ambulance provides ambulance services to the city of Fairfield and Jefferson County, however, the supervisors discussed the possibility of going public after Midwest’s contract ends in 2020.

“For myself and Dick [Reed], the public option is the preference,” Supervisor Lee Dimmitt said during an interview after the meeting. “We have had 40 plus years of private, and we just continue to have issues that always are beyond our ability to control.”

Dimmitt said that, Midwest’s contract states that it could be down to two ambulances for one week while one is being repaired.

“But they were operating one ambulance ... clearly there was a breech regarding multiple times where it only had one unit available,” Dimmitt said.

Dimmitt said he had started the process of reaching out to multiple hospital-based entities to research their operations.

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