BACKUS Gary Pearson of North Memorial Ambulance Service reported the Longville Ambulance Service made a small profit in the first year of operations, but not as much as the budget targeted for its first year of operations under a separate taxing district.
North Memorial took over the service from the city of Longville. Before that it was a volunteer service run by the city and supported by contributions from neighboring townships.
The taxing district covering three cities and part or all of 17 townships collects $400,000 per year to support the service.
Pearson said North Memorial projected it would transport 210 patients the first year. Actual use was 204 patients. The firm projected $538,906 first-year income and actually received $551,220. Expenses, including some start-up costs exceeded the $483,955 estimate, coming in at $533,383 actual costs.
This gave the service a net profit of 3.2 percent for 2007. Pearson said he expects the service to meet the projected 10.2 percent profit goal in 2008, adding that North Memorial was pleased to come close to estimates during its first year of operations in Longville.
He said the service has ordered a new ambulance vehicle for the Longville district in 2008. A paramedic has been available for most runs 24 hours a day through 2007, with emergency medical technicians only filling in on a few occasions when a paramedic scheduled to work has been sick and could not work, according to Pearson.
North Memorial recently was awarded a contract by Walker to take over that city's volunteer service, effective June 1. That service, too, will become a paid employee service and aim to provide a paramedic 24 hours a day on all ambulance runs, but also is licensed as part-time advanced life support to enable North Memorial to substitute an emergency medical technician when the scheduled paramedic is sick, Pearson said.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.