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Falls OKs Ambulance Services Agreement

Falls OKs Ambulance Services Agreement

In a proactive effort to ensure that all Falls Township residents receive emergency ambulance services, the Falls Supervisors entered into an agreement with Capital Health to cover portions of the township currently served by the Morrisville Ambulance Squad.

The agreement with Capital Health takes effect on Sept. 22 and will cover the roughly 12 percent of Falls Township that Morrisville Ambulance Squad, which is in the process of ceasing its operations, had been handling.

Falls Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito was “very impressed and very comfortable” with Capital Health assisting the township with some of its ambulatory needs.

Jim Boozan, Capital Health divisional director of emergency medical services, told the Supervisors that “it’s not unheard of” for a municipality to contract for ambulance services. Boozan said he’s worked with towns in five different instances to provide round-the-clock basic and advanced life support services. Capital Health personnel will provide ambulatory services for Morrisville residents as well and will operate from the Morrisville Ambulance Squad’s north Washington Street location.

Boozan said patients who are transported by ambulance will be taken to the medical center of their choosing. Concerns about Capital Health personnel “stealing” patients, or only taking patients to their health centers are unfounded, he said.

“You want to take them where they want to go, where their physician is, where their medical records are,” he said, noting that there are a few guidelines, including instances of an active heart attack or baby delivery. In those cases, patients would need to go to hospitals that provide the needed care.

 

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