January 01 2022 12:00 am

New Bell County AMR ambulance agreement

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A new ambulance provider is coming to Bell County after County Commissioners approved a contract on Monday with American Medical Response or AMR, to provide their ambulances to the county and the unincorporated areas.

“Scott & White’s contract ends October 1 and AMR will begin at that time,” said Emergency Management Coordinator for Bell County, Michael Harmon.

Baylor Scott and White is ending it’s EMS services in the area and letting about 40 people go. But, where the hospital is leaving off, AMR is picking up.

“I do know that they brought on the people or the employees from Scott and White that they wanted or that had their option and I know that some did not transfer over,” said Houston Paramedic Angie Warren.

Warren says that because some Scott and White employees left early, a group of paramedics — like herself —  are helping out for the next two weeks.

“They asked me to come cover and help run ambulances until either for a week or to two weeks to run 911 calls in the city until they get their regular people started on the first,” said Warren.

There is no extra cost to the County or it’s taxpayers.

“The company will make its money on the charges that it charges its patients,” said Harmon.

The Temple City Council approved the same services back in May.

“They want to have a greater presence in the Central Texas area. This was their opportunity to do so, and we’re glad that we were able to work this deal out with them,” said Harmon.

Scott and White in Temple responded to the new agreement saying: “We are proud of the emergency services that Scott & White EMS provided Bell County for many years. We deeply value our relationship with the county, and we will continue to provide non-emergent transport services.  We are certainly supportive of the company chosen by the county for emergency medical services and have been working with them closely during the transition.”

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