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January 26, 2014

Concerns arise over ambulance service in western Parker Co.

Hospital district questions ESD No. 9 over discussions with EMS companies

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The hospital district board discussed asking for a resolution from the ESD No. 9 board to resolve the issue but could take no action because it had been placed on the district’s agenda.

Director Jamie Bodiford suggested the district erect a sign on the recently purchased property to inform area residents of their plans.

Young said he communicated that the district would like positive reinforcement that the district is not spinning its wheels and was told that the issue is not going to come up again.

He hopes that a scheduled meeting with a couple of commissioners will allay his fears, Young said.

There were hurt feelings between some volunteer firefighters and LifeCare paramedics following a bad accident more than a year ago that Young implied could be affecting the situation.

“I don’t think this is going to stop us,” Young said. “It may slow us down for a week.”

ESD No. 9

Calhoun said the ESD is not seeking to replace ground ambulance service in the area but is looking at all their options from the perspective of taxpayers.

He said commissioners weren’t aware prior to the ESD No. 9 meeting on Jan. 14 that LifeCare had purchased property in the area or that CareFlite and Air Evac had been invited to give presentations to commissioners.

“We didn’t actually know that that was going to happen in that meeting,” Calhoun said.

It was an educational discussion for commissioners, according to Calhoun.

Asked if commissioners were considering a change in ground ambulance service for the area, Calhoun said, “Well you never say never to anything.”

“That’s not a hornet’s nest that needs to be stirred up right now, in my opinion,” Calhoun said. “But, on the other end of it, there are other alternatives. I’m not educated enough as to what all of it is about before we do it but I do understand that LifeCare has purchased a piece of property and our position, as are commissioners in each ESD, is that we have the responsibility to spend the taxpayers money the most wisely so you’ve got to look at that.”

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