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Columbus Renews Hospital’s Ambulance Contract

Columbus Regional Hospital has been providing emergency ambulance service to Bartholomew County since 2006.

The city of Columbus has decided to stick with the local hospital as the ambulance provider for the city. The Board of Public Works and Safety voted Tuesday to renew the hospital’s contract, but with a few changes.

This comes after the newly created ambulance board was unable to make a recommendation about which provider would best serve both the city and surrounding county.

Susan Fye sits on the Board of Public Works and says the decision will save tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

“As of right now, the combined cost to city and county is about $900,000 a year,” she says.

The hospital will take a $300,000 subsidy from the county for the first year of the four year contract, but will then be able to operate with no taxpayer funding after that, as it will be making up for revenue by making non-emergency patient transport runs.

Columbus Regional Hospital’s Director of Ambulance Services Dan Spartz says the agreement includes that the four ambulances will now be strategically placed around the city.

“We will be changing a couple of those where two of the four ambulances will be staffed within the city’s fire department stations,” he says.

Several private companies also put in bids for ambulance service, including SEALS and Rural Metro.

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