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FRANKSTON, June 27, 2013—The city of Frankston continues its search for ambulance service after East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) announced they would not be providing a dedicated ambulance to the cities of Frankston, Gladewater, Van, Alto, and Wells after July 15.
ETMC attributes the decision to the effort to maintain quality of care as they see a decrease in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.
According to Frankston Mayor James Gouger, the city is still attempting to negotiate with ETMC while exploring other options. He says they have been in touch with Palestine Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in an effort to see what can be done. “Palestine Regional is who I’m talking to right now. They have the ambulance contract for Anderson County,” said Mayor Gouger. “But I did ask about moving an ambulance out here and at this time they don’t think they could.”
Mayor Gouger says the City Council will continue to search for viable options. “We are open for any kind of options right now, and I’ve got all my Council looking for ways to go.”
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