ETMC to end ambulance service in southern Trinity Co.

ETMC to end ambulance service in southern Trinity Co.

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Trinity County officials received word Friday that East Texas Medical Center EMS will no longer be operating in the southern part of the county, effective March 14, 2015.

Trinity County Judge Steve Page said he got the notice from ETMC on Friday, and he confirmed it Monday morning.

Page said ETMC EMS handles the EMS duties for the southern part of Trinity County, and Groveton EMS provides ambulance service to the northern part of the county.

Trinity County is already in the process of working with other groups to find a new EMS provider.

On Dec. 11, ETMC officials met with Houston County officials to announce that they were discontinuing their ambulance service in that county. As with Trinity County, it will be effective on March 14, 2015.

"For many years, ETMC has been able to provide ambulance service in many communities for free or for a small fee, but with the changes in reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance we could no longer afford to provide this service, " Neal Franklin, the general manager for ETMC EMS said in a previous East Texas News story. "ETMC EMS will work with the community on finding a new provider."

Houston County Judge Erin Ford said the commissioners in his county will be looking at other options. He said ETMC's decision to stop its ambulance service in Houston County will not apply to the Grapeland Emergency Service District, which has a different ambulance service contract in place.

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