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WRDW I-Team: Georgia EMS in crisis
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WRDW I-Team: Georgia EMS in crisis

It took 1,680 seconds for an ambulance to get to Donna Martin. National EMS is the ambulance provider in Morgan County, Georgia but it never showed up. “It took 30 min for her to get an ambulance from an outside county other than the one she lived in and she passed away as a result,”...

AJC: ‘Hefty’ slate of lawmakers back EMS reform in Georgia
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AJC: ‘Hefty’ slate of lawmakers back EMS reform in Georgia

The Jolt By Jim Galloway The Atlanta Journal-Constitution February 14, 2019 State Rep. Bill Werkheiser, R-Glennville, has introduced legislation that would bar private ambulance operators from serving on boards that select which ambulance companies will serve local health districts. HB 264 has some hefty co-sponsors: Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin, chair of the House GOP caucus; Randy...

AJC: Advocacy groups join EMS transparency effort
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AJC: Advocacy groups join EMS transparency effort

Advocacy groups join EMS transparency effort By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Oct. 25, 2018 Several advocacy and watchdog groups say they’ve allied themselves with the Georgia Ambulance Transparency Project, an initiative to restore transparency and ethics to the provision and delivery of emergency services across the state. Among the new members: Common...

In stinging rebuke, judge blocks corrupt EMS council
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In stinging rebuke, judge blocks corrupt EMS council

A Georgia judge granted an emergency injunction this week to block the actions of Augusta’s emergency medical services council after the unelected panel was accused of conflicts of interest in the provision and selection of ambulance providers. The ruling came after Augusta’s current provider, Gold Cross, filed a dramatic law suit alleging that the city’s...

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Augusta Chronicle: Fire chief talks EMS zone designation

Augusta Chronicle, August 18, Sylvia Cooper At the commission’s request Tuesday, Augusta Fire Chief Chris James talked generally about pursuing the EMS zone designation and how he’ll run the ambulance service if successful, although everybody already knew everything he said – except for one thing. He’ll ask for a $400,000 increase for EMS in next...

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Dunwoody Crier: Regional council to study Dunwoody EMS problems

The Dunwoody Crier, August 14, 2018, Dick Williams Dunwoody got what it wanted Thursday when the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Council convened at city hall. The council voted without opposition to set up an ad hoc committee to study Dunwoody’s declaration of an “EMS Emergency,” the service in the city from American Medical Response...

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: DeKalb ambulance provider will pay for poor service, county says

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 7, 2018, Joshua Sharpe DeKalb commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a settlement with the county’s ambulance provider after a long history of complaints. Under the agreement, American Medical Response will resolve $1.9 million in contract penalties for allegedly providing poor service — though only $600,000 will be paid in cash....