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Gladewater City Council approves new ambulance service

GLADEWATER, June 24, 2013—The city of Gladewater has found an alternate solution to the issue of discontinued East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) EMS services.

ETMC announced plans earlier this month to cutback ambulance service In an effort to maintain quality of care. A statement released by ETMC EMS General Manager Neal Franklin attributed the cuts to a decrease in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. According to the statement, ETMC EMS will no longer be stationing a dedicated ambulance in the cities of Gladewater, Frankston, Van, Alto, and Wells.

As an alternate solution, the Gladewater City Council has voted 5-1 in favor of entering into an agreement with Champion EMS for ambulance service. The service provided by Champion will begin July 15, the same day ETMC will discontinue service.

The cities of Frankston, Van, Alto and Wells will still have to seek alternate solutions.

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