What's next for the Hancock County Ambulance Service

A heated debate over what to do with the Hancock County Ambulance Service could spark a vote in Tuesday's County Board meeting.

UPDATED: June 7 at 8:05 a.m.

There may be more problems facing the troubled Hancock County Ambulance Service.

You'll recall the service has already been under a "Plan of Corrections" for months to address problems in its service.

Now according to

Tri-State Public Radio

, there have been recent lapses including failing to ask a patient about drug allergies and inaccurate logs.

Last month the County Board delayed hiring consultants to help get the county's ambulance service up to code.

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more about the recent crew mistakes getting more attention from Blessing Hospital's EMS Director.


UPDATED: May 22, 2012

Hancock County Board members and ambulance service personnel were on edge at Tuesday night's board meeting.

The board was deciding on whether or not to pay for consultants to help get the county's ambulance service up to code.

After a lengthy meeting, the board decided to table the issue pending a special meeting on June 13th.

At that time the board will meet with all ambulance service personnel to hear alternative ideas and measure progress.

In January, the Quincy Area EMS cited several problems with the Ambulance Service's emergency response vehicles.

A plan was then made to start making sure the ambulances were better equipped to meet requirements.

A few weeks later, officials found out the plan was not as far along as it should be.

The ambulance service's director, Perry Cameron, believes those funds could be better used.

"We are working with them and we will continue to work with them and IDPH, but as what you saw in there tonight, people are very passionate about what they do and about the patient care and the long term care of the patient we take care of," Cameron said.

The cost to have consultants come in will be $5,500 per week plus living expenses for up to six months.


ORIGINAL STORY: May 21, 2012

A heated debate over what to do with the Hancock County Ambulance Service could spark a vote in Tuesday's County Board meeting.

Multiple groups within the ambulance service are calling for some type of change to the system including an evaluation from an outsider group.

"Hancock County is under a plan of corrections, and there are other issues that are being addressed. We've had several meetings on it and we are working with Medical Control to get those issues addressed," Perry Cameron, Hancock County's ambulance director said.


plan of corrections

was put in place in early January of 2012 after the

Quincy Area EMS System

discovered several deficiencies with Hancock County's ambulance service.

"As a committee, we were assured all this was being taken care of and they were close to having it resolved. And then two and a half, three weeks ago we find out that wasn't the case, wasn't nearly as far down the road as we were all led to believe it was," Dan Asbury said.

Asbury says last Tuesday, a Health Miscellaneous sub-committee he's a part of suggested hiring outside help to assess the district's current service. But that isn't sitting well with Cameron.

"The amount of money they want to put into the study could be used to improve services rather than just throwing it away on a study as far as I'm concerned," Cameron said.

The cost to hire an outside firm would amount to $5,500 a week plus housing expenses for up to 6 months.

"The only reason the outside firm was consulted was to prevent any major fines or penalties from being assessed with the county," Asbury said.

If the ambulance service doesn't meet certain deadlines to show it's fixing current problems, Asbury says those fines and penalties would cost more than hiring the outside firm.

Tuesday's County Board meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse in Carthage.