Medical Center and Mid Georgia Ambulance to pool resources

alopez@macon.comFebruary 4, 2014 

The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Mid Georgia Ambulance announced a joint operating agreement Tuesday.

The agreement between the hospital and ambulance service will allow the two to reduce costs by using a shared service model while remaining independent of each other, according to a Medical Center news release.

The two will combine emergency response coverage, streamline patient transfers and pool staff and financial resources, the release stated.

“We are each committed to providing access to high quality care at the right cost and we realize that this can be accomplished more efficiently through a coordinated effort,“ said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, president and CEO of Central Georgia Health System, the parent organization for the Medical Center, in the release.

Mid Georgia Ambulance, which has its largest service area in Bibb County, has a paramedic and emergency medical technician staff, a fleet of vehicles, a maintenance shop and a central dispatch center.

The Medical Center of Central Georgia, the second-largest hospital in the state, serves 30 counties and nearly 750,000 people.

Talks between the two regarding a Medical Center acquisition of Mid Georgia Ambulance were conducted over several years and stalled in 2011. A merger was considered too complex by Don Faulk, the CEO of Central Georgia Health System at the time, in part because Mid Georgia Ambulance operates in several counties, not just Bibb.

A detailed description of Tuesday’s announced partnership, including which resources would be pooled and whether employees will be affected is not immediately available, said Janie Poulnott, Medical Center media relations director.

Calls to Mid Georgia Ambulance’s spokeswoman were not immediately returned.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.

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