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Garner EMS directors to hear about financial problems

Posted March 22, 2010

— The board of directors of the Garner EMS was scheduled to meet Monday night about the group’s finances while concern swirls that the county could take over emergency operations in Garner.

Dr. Brent Myers, director of Wake County EMS, said that revenue projections for Garner EMS were on target through early January, but the organization’s expenses have exceeded revenue.

Garner EMS Chief Bill Frederick blamed the financial straits on "billing issues" and the poor economy.

The agency, which is operated as a nonprofit and overseen by an independent board of directors, is trying to cut expenses, Frederick said, but he's unsure if enough money can be saved to keep it in business.

Garner EMS has 15 employees – a 16th was laid off in November – and operates four ambulances out of two stations. During the first two months of 2010, the agency responded to more than 1,000 calls.

Frederick said officials are looking at cutting employee pay and benefits and reorganizing Garner EMS.

Monday's meeting, at 6 p.m. at 920 7th Ave. on the second floor, is open to the public.


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  • Smiling Mar 22, 2010

    Maybe the Garner EMS should start by cutting out the riding around that they do alot of.....I see them parked at various and sundry places alot....if they need food, cook in or have it delivered....and I have been a victim of them coming up behind me, turning on their lights and sirens....I pull over...they are stopped at the next light (lights and sirens off)....laughing at me....what is that about?

  • NeedToTellTheTruth Mar 22, 2010

    The source of the demise is right under their noses and it's one single person.

  • NeedToTellTheTruth Mar 22, 2010

    It's not due to abuse of the system or unpaid taxi rides...I'll leave it at that.

  • allie19 Mar 22, 2010

    Cutting employees to increase OT makes no sense and costs the agency more. Duh?

  • allie19 Mar 22, 2010

    Might want to take a look at acting chief Frederick. His erratic behavior has had a LOT to do with Garner EMS issues and employees going to Wake County EMS. Before he was in charge people used to WANT to go to GARNER EMS. Very troubled man with an anger problem.

  • freetospeak Mar 22, 2010

    As I stated in the previous post regarding this issue, for those that are not insured - garnish wages or intercept state tax refunds. This will recoup some of the money forceably if people are not willing to pay for the services they so readily accept. For those that HAVE to call an ambulance, be prepared to take the responsibility yourself if not insured, and not depend on the taxpayer to cover it for you....

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Mar 22, 2010

    Burnout by those still employed who are forced to work overtime to cover the calls that those laid off would have helped cover. It's a vicious cycle and it's hurting EMS everywhere, especially those in the city like this. Garner, Cary, Apex, East Wake all run backup for Wake County. When Wake County is busy on a call, if Garner EMS is the next closest, they are sent. It's one hand helping to wash the other but forcing Garner EMS to be ran by the County isn't really going to solve the problem. There is no solution to the immediate problem that is going to get worse as healthcare declines. You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip... And just an FYI: I'm not affiliated with Garner EMS nor Wake County EMS but another neighboring county.

  • pattip574 Mar 22, 2010

    Cutting employees will increase the need for overtime. It's not the answer. Garner EMS runs hard all day and all night long. Insurances take forever to pay, and patients who have no insurance simply do not pay. It's a vicious cycle that is going to send the entire health care industry into the hole.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Mar 22, 2010

    jesmyopinion... if you only knew the increase of call volume we're seeing. The increase of "everyday" people who can't afford to go pay a Dr so they call an ambulance and want to go to the hospital. "Forgetting" that the ambulance & ER bills are going to be FAR worse than the Dr would have been. As EMS providers we're often thought of as Medical Taxis. That going to the ER by ambulance will get you seen faster. That we can get your medicine that you "don't have money" to afford. So on and so forth and it's REALLY hurting us. Our budgets have been cut, our expenses can't be reduced if we're seeing an increased number of patients. Quality of supplies is going down because the budget doesn't allow for the more expensive supplies so we have to buy the cheapest possible. Laying off EMS providers because the $ isn't there to pay them when in reality we NEEDED that person plus several more to help with the # of calls being ran. Burn-out by those still employed because of the extra hours b

  • Just the facts mam Mar 22, 2010

    Sounds like too many people not paying their ambulance bills - everyone wants someting for nothing nowadays...