During a meeting Thursday of the Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors, CEO Randall Young told the board that the district was asked to come speak during an ESD No. 9 meeting the week prior but realized other ambulance providers had been invited, as well.
“CareFlite made a presentation and talked about a ground ambulance,” Young said. “So when it was my turn, I was a little bit taken aback because I thought it was general knowledge that we were looking, that we were buying, that we were building. And so, I said, ‘We came out here expecting to talk about our plans for construction but I have a board meeting Thursday and if you are considering someone else providing ambulance service for this area, what we need to do is put that on hold and take a step back.’”
“There seemed to be some opposing opinions on this board of five,” Young said. “And they didn’t give us a definitive answer. But I did talk about what the hospital district does ...”
“I said we had been looking for a year, and our plans are, we don’t want to go somewhere we’re not wanted,” Young told the hospital district board. “So Paul [Smith, LifeCare Director] and I left and we were a little bit mad and a little bit discouraged. We were going to ask you [the hospital district board] to ‘let’s just take a step back until they make their minds up.’ And then I got further word later that they were expecting us to come in, there’s no question they want us to come in, but what I think I’d like you to do is talk to your people out in Brock and tell them we’d really like to be out there.”