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Superior Ambulance will begin EMS service in town Saturday

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Superior Ambulance Service will officially assume responsibility for EMS calls in the Town of Chesterton at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1.

So Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

A temporary ambulance will be housed at the CFD station until the manufacturer completes work on the permanent one, Orlich noted.

Otherwise, Deputy Fire Chief John Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune today, “it will be a seamless transition.”

The Porter County 911 Dispatch Center has been involved in the process from the beginning, Jarka noted.

Under the terms of the town’s three-year contract with the company, Superior will provide one advanced life support ambulance, on a 24/7/365 basis, staff it with certified personnel--two per shift--and operate it from the CFD station.

Superior will also provide a second ambulance, this one operated from the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian Boundary Road. The contract specifies that the estimated time of arrival for the backup ambulance may not exceed 10 minutes.

Superior will accept Medicare and Medicaid on all claims for coverage. It will bill third-party payers at its usual and customary rates for all services, according to the contract.

In the event of Superior’s recovering gross receipts in excess of $450,000, it will split those surplus receipts with the Town of Chesterton, “up to the amount equal to a percentage of the town’s budgeted expenses which are attributable to EMS during the time period.” That is to say, the town will have an opportunity to recoup the costs associated with EMS assists.

 

 

Posted 5/29/2013