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County and Heartland moving through a smooth transisition

By Marshall White, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

March 10--Small groups of Heartland Health leaders are working out the details of a smooth ambulance transition with the county commissioners and their attorney, George Scott Murray.

"The gaps are closing in," said Jamie Schumaker, associate administrator for emergent and urgent services.

All nine ambulances have been licensed to the Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, or REMSA, Ms. Schumaker said. And the depreciation schedule is all done, she said.

The report from Heartland to Presiding Commissioner R.T. Turner and Mr. Murray included a wrap up of insurance requirements and stated that contracts are still moving forward.

Another piece of good news is that supplies for operating the ambulance are all figured out, Ms. Schumaker said.

"This has eased my fears a lot," Mr. Turner said.

Commissioner Ron Hook reported two weeks ago that the design for re-branding during the transition starting July 1 had been accepted. Ambulances and uniforms will be imprinted with REMSA during the transition, Mr. Hook said.

Heartland invited the county to a meeting in May with the Kansas City Chiefs to discuss future plans for the training camp and ambulance support.

The county still plans to name its REMSA board members before the next meeting April 14, Mr. Turner said. Now the county has to start developing the budget for the ambulance service, he said.

The next Heartland/county meeting will be in late April, Ms. Schumaker said.

Marshall White can be reached

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