Trinity Ambulance Service Changes - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Trinity Ambulance Service Changes

Updated:

Trinity is making changes to their ambulance service by teaming up with Advanced Medical Transport. The partnership will provide emergency and transfer service to local communities.

Many rural communities face challenges when it comes to ambulance service. For instance, in Sherrard's fire district there are no ambulances through there volunteer service. The Blackhawk Fire District in Milan also does not provides emergency ambulance service as apart of their volunteer fire department. In Orion there are ambulances, but it's hard to staff them since it's a volunteer department. All 3 of the fire districts are serviced by Trinity and their ambulance service will improve with the hospital's new agreement.

"Our response times have always been good, but we hope that they'll be better," says Jay Willsher, COO of Trinity Regional Health System.

Partnering with Advanced Medical Transport or AMT will increase Trinity's ambulance fleet. There will be 6 trucks, along with 3 ambulances from Trinity's former in-house service. An increased fleetS means improved response times for rural communities.

"We hope to have more availability for example," adds Willsher, "We will have a 911 vehicle that is located in those fire districts at all times."

Trinity has provided emergency ambulance service for the Fire Districts of Sherrard, Orion and Blackhawk. .

"We're just going to continue the relationship," says Willsher.

For years, Trinity has handled ambulance service in house. With the switch 90% of their EMS staff will work for AMT. However, Dispatch will be handled by AMT at their Peoria center.

"Their dispatching center and communications systems are state of the art and they're a regional provider," says Willsher, "The dispatch center is far more advanced than what we had available here."

The agreement will make transfers more efficient. New ambulances mean new technology and AMT has resources in Illinois and Iowa.

"If we get extremely busy with out of town transfers," adds Willsher, "We'll have assests from AMT that will come from Peoria to Iowa City to help us with those transfers and keep up in those markets."

The change in service is more expensive than Trinity's former service.

"They will be slightly elevated," says Willsher, "There won't be an increase compared to the market rates that are in the community."

AMT'S ambulances will start responding to 911 calls in Orion, Sherrard and the Blackhawk Fire Districts at 7pm. Transfer service will begin in 2-weeks.