Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in Hayti, MO has made the decision to privatize their ambulance and EMS services to Medic One, according to CEO Kerry Noble during an interview on Jan. 8. “After consideration the Board has made the decision to allow Medic One to provide ambulance service to the county,” Noble said. According to Noble, the decision will save the institution about $200,000 annually and will provide the county with more EMS coverage.
Noble says Medic One will take over the service on April 1 and has plans to locate teams in Hayti and Caruthersville. He says the city of Caruthersville has offered the old fire station that is no longer in use for a base and the company has not made a permanent decision about a location in Hayti.
Noble says the change will provide the county with two ambulances and crews available 24 hours a day, something the county has been without when the Hospital had to cut down to one team for 12 hours a day. He says that part of the agreement includes that current employees will be offered the chance to move to Medic One, but that decision is up to the individual employee. Medic One will also be responsible for the transfer of patients from one facility to another.
The health agency has been dealing with financial struggles for some time, which resulted in the entire Board resigning last year, making it necessary for the Pemiscot County Commission to appoint all new Board members. Noble, who was the Chief Financial Officer during the Board issues, has moved back into the position of CEO upon the departure of Jack Pennington. Noble was the long time CEO before he moved to a part time CFO position.
Noble says some financial improvement is occurring, but not as fast as he hoped. “It is getting better, just not as fast as I hoped it would,” he said, “But we are moving forward and working towards the future.”
All five of the new Board members have signed up for re-election in April to finish out the unexpired terms they were appointed to and as of yet are unopposed.