Washington County Getting A New Ambulance Service

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — In an attempt to end complaints about poor ambulance service, Washington County, and Delta Regional Medical Center are parting ways with the current provider MedStat at the end of September. Beginning October 1st Pafford EMS, a private ambulance provider that already counts Cleveland, and Clarksdale, as customers, while providing service across Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma. MedStat of Jackson has held the contract, which is signed by both the hospital and the county, since 2013. As late as last summer though Supervisors Tommy Benson II and Jerry Redmond had to meet with the local MedStat administration after hearing complaints from Arcola and Hollandale residents. At the time the last contract was signed, Washington County was operating four ambulances. MedStat agreed to provide six. In actuality, MedStat has offers four staffed ambulances around the clock and two additional ambulances for twelve hours per day, mostly during daytime hours, and mostly for routine transfers. The new contract with Pafford is for three years, with an option to renew.

 


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