Paramedics Plus, the for-profit division of East Texas Medical Center EMS, will become the new ambulance provider for Fort Wayne, Indiana beginning July 1.
The contract will be for five years with the opportunity to renew with extensions through 2020. Paramedics Plus competed for this contract with the previous provider who provided service there for 20 years. The ambulance service will cover 220,000 residents of Fort Wayne. Paramedics Plus currently provides emergency services to Oklahoma residents of Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as residents of Pinellas County, Florida.
“Our services have not only expanded geographically over the years but we also have constantly upgraded our ambulances with the latest advances in medical technology,” according to ETMC EMS Vice President/COO Tony Myers. “Recent additions include power stretchers, back-up cameras, IV warmers, climate-controlled drug boxes, LED lights on the outside of the units, the latest mobile data technology and radio systems and cardiac life support systems.”
ETMC EMS is the largest ambulance provider in Texas; covering 17,000 square miles in East Texas in 17 counties with 106 ambulances, three helicopters and the state’s most comprehensive 800 megahertz radio communications system. EMS responds to over 130,000 calls for service each year and provides 100,000 transports. ETMC EMS was established in 1968.
ETMC EMS serves all or parts of 17 counties in Texas including Collin, Ellis, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Henderson, Anderson, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity, Smith, Wood, Upshur, Gregg and Panola counties plus the city of Waco in McLennan county and the city of Pasadena in Harris county.