TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A joint agreement has been created to improve what hospital officials call an already strong ambulance service. After years of solely managing the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service, Franciscan Saint Elizabeth Health will now co-manage with the other county hospital, IU Health Arnett.
IU Health Arnett Chief Operating Officer Brian Shockney is excited about the decision. He said it fits with the hospital's goal.
"Our goal was to never have to open our own EMS service," Shockney said. "We wanted to use the existing service which has a great structure, good quality and just partner together as stakeholders."
Some more stakeholders will join TEAS with the formation of the TEAS Board of Directors. It will include representatives from the two hospitals, the county, Lafayette and West Lafayette.
County commissioners said they can fund up to $100,000 of the service. Franciscan Saint Elizabeth CEO Terry Wilson said this agreement is good for the county.
It can give county officials a better idea of what is to come within TEAS.
"They asked us for a more predictable schedule of capital requests," Wilson said. "We hope this new structure, this new management agreement provides them with a more predictable schedule."
An ambulance can cost more than $500,000 to keep on the roads. Wilson said a joint partnership will help the quality of all the patients.
"We hope to take what is already a pretty good county ambulance service and improve it," Wilson said. "Improve the planning of the health and well being of the county, and to improve and solidify the financial basis it all operates off of."
Wilson said they are looking to fix some ambulances up or buy new ones. Those plans have not been finalized. Right now there are six TEAS ambulances on the roads.
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