Coweta Commission

EMS bids 300% higher than first contract in 2011

by Sarah Fay Campbell

alt

Fouts

Coweta’s emergency medical services contract ends July 30, and the bids for the next two years are 300 percent higher than they were in 2011.

On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to reject the two bids and negotiate with the bidders, American Medical Response and Vital Care. The commissioners also asked staff to explore moving EMS services in-house.

Vital Care submitted a bid of $989,000, and AMR, which is the county’s current provider, submitted a bid for $990,000.

Vital Care was the county’s EMS provider for many years, until 2011. AMR submitted a bid that was $140,000 less than Vital Care’s and won the contract. AMR bid $295,000 and Vital Care bid $435,000, but later reduced that bid by $100,000.

The bid is for the “supplement” that the county pays an EMS provider. The companies also bill patients for services.

Five companies responded to the original bid request, but only two submitted compliant bids, said Michael Fouts, county administrator.

Fouts said it was staff’s recommendation to negotiate with the two companies to “determine cost-effective measures to reduce the annual subsidy.”

After the meeting, Fouts was asked why the new bids were so much higher. He said he asks the same question.

Commissioner Rodney Brooks said he would also like staff to look at the possibility of keeping the EMS service in-house, possibly through the Coweta County Fire Department.

Fire Chief Johnny Teeters was in attendance and was asked his thoughts.

“We’ve got a good system in place,” Teeters said. “I think the concern is the dollars involved.” The county already provides a lot of resources for the EMS provider: ambulances, fuel and equipment.

“I’m sure Michael Fouts and his staff will give direction on what we need to do.”

During the public comment section of the meeting, resident Simon Rutman spoke in favor of bringing EMS services in-house. He has previously spoken to the commissioners about the issue. In many cities, the EMS services are part of the fire department, Rutman said. “A lot of this money could be kept here and it could create more jobs for the fire department,” he said. Rutman suggested a committee be formed to look into the issue.



More Local

Second suspect in slaying charged with murder

Kerven Silvera Telsey Jr., 21, a suspect in a local homicide who was arrested almost two weeks ago in Florida, was booked into the Coweta Co ... Read More


UPDATE

Teen with cystic fibrosis dies

Coweta teen Cole Croteau battled cystic fibrosis every day of his life. In the past two years, the battle became tougher, Cole got sicker, a ... Read More


Pinewood exec lauds impact of filmmaking

When Pinewood Studios agreed to expand into the United States, no one had any idea the economic impact it would have. Addressing the Newnan- ... Read More


Middle school volleyball championship postponed

Coweta’s middle school volleyball championship game has been postponed for a week amid questions on Lee Middle School’s eligibil ... Read More


No suspects named in Newnan triple shooting

Newnan authorities are still investigating last week’s drive-by shooting that left two men and a woman injured, but the victims are im ... Read More

Man arrested after pursuit through Newnan

By Wes Mayer wesley@newnan.com A man received numerous charges after he led officers with the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sh ... Read More