Floyd EMS Here To Stay
May 14, 2014--2:56 p.m.
Floyd Medical Center will continue offering Emergency Medical Services, building on its 48-year history. This decision follows an extensive evaluation process, during which Floyd and Redmond Regional Medical Center considered combining their respective EMS services to create a multi-county single provider in the region.
“Our EMS does an outstanding job, as evidenced by it being named Georgia EMS of the Year an unprecedented three times,” said Dan Sweitzer, Floyd’s Vice President of Market Development. “We considered this change solely because of economics. With health care costs rising and seemingly monthly changes in government regulation, we have to consider every opportunity to reduce expenses, while still providing excellent care. We don’t believe outsourcing EMS is an answer.”
During the nine-month long process, initiated by Redmond, the two hospitals worked with a consultant and legal representatives to seek proposals from private, third-party EMS providers.
“We received the proposals and, frankly, was surprised that they each required a large subsidy to help pay for the costs of providing these services,” Sweitzer continued. “In fact, the requested subsidies are so large that it no longer makes financial sense for Floyd to continue down this path.”
“Our goal is what it’s always been and that’s to provide compassionate, outstanding care to those we’re privileged to serve,” said Bud Owens, Floyd EMS Director. “I’m proud that we will continue to work toward that goal.”
Established in 1966, Floyd is the longest serving EMS provider in Georgia.