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Wymore will keep ambulance service

Wymore City Council publically apologized to Gage County Medical Director Dr. Don Rice Wednesday night regarding statements previously made by council members and others.  Rice said Wymore council members made the unflattering statements before receiving all of the information regarding an ambulance contract.  Rice had previously told council members they three choices: Work with him, find a new medical director or close the department.  Councilwoman Beth Hookstra said the desire of the majority of the council wanted to move forward.  Rice also demanded an apology from Mark Meints, a volunteer member of Wymore Rescue Department, for comments Rice deemed inappropriate. Meints apologized to Rice in private Wednesday evening.  After receiving both apologies, Rice said he would continue as Wymore’s medical director. 

The Wymore City Council agreed on July 26, to enter into an interlocal ambulance agreement with Gage County.  Wymore Rescue will receive $40,000 from the Gage County Emergency Medical Service fund as a part of the agreement.  Wymore Rescue must also agree to terms set forth by Rice.  These terms include the quality controls that caused the initial conflict between Rice and persons involved with Wymore Rescue.  These quality controls include responding by ambulance within five minutes of an emergency call on 90 percent of calls and completing paperwork from each call within 72 hours.  If Wymore fails to meet the terms of the agreement including the quality controls they will only receive $20,000 from the Gage County Emergency Service Fund.

In 2009 Wymore’s Ambulance Service responded to 280 calls Wymore, Barneston, Liberty and the surrounding areas.

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