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City makes deal for new ambulance service

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GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -

The city of Gladewater will not have to go without ambulance service.

Thursday night, the Gladewater City Council voted 5-1 to enter into an agreement with Champion EMS.

Champion will take over EMS duties in Gladewater on July 15, the same day Gladewater and 4 other cities will lose their ETMC EMS service.

Van, Frankston, Alto, and Wells are still facing the prospect of losing ambulance service in their towns.

ETMC officials tell KLTV 7 they are experiencing budget cuts that have forced them to reduce spending.

 

In a statement by Neal Franklin, general manager of ETMC EMS, he said, "Due to cuts in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare system is reducing spending by 5 to 7 percent this year. These are difficult decisions to make but necessary to allow us to continue providing the core services needed by our community at large". 

The new service for Gladewater does not come without a price. The agreement with Champion EMS is expected to cost the city around $90,000 a year, as opposed to the free service they were receiving from ETMC.

 

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