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Mercy Flight gets approval for ambulance service, hires 15 city employees

By Howard B. Owens

Mercy Flight today received official word from the New York Department of Health that it can operate a ground ambulance service.

The Ambulance Service Certificate, No. 12071, was issued some time today.

County Manager Jay Gsell also said that he's been told by Mercy Flight that 15 of the 16 City of Batavia ambulance personnel who applied for jobs with the new service were hired.

Mercy Flight is scheduled to take over ground ambulance service in Genesee County on Sept. 1.

dennis wight

Great news for the ambulance personnel!! Is the city of Batavia going to be included in this county wide service? This service will go anywhere, anytime and bill accordingly as the city did, correct? Or did municipalities have to sign individual contracts? I forgot what was decided on.

Aug 5, 2009, 7:30pm Permalink
Howard B. Owens

My understanding is no contract is required. The main aspect of the contract is guaranteed response times, but Mercy Flight assurance us that even for outlaying towns, Mercy Flight will strive to give the same level of service, contract or not. Right now, all four ambulances will be based in Batavia, so response times shouldn't be an issue in the city.

Aug 5, 2009, 9:03pm Permalink

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