Commissioners Discuss Samaritan EMS
The Commissioners made strides towards closing the gap in Emergency Medical Service at the meeting of the Osage County Commissioners Monday. Commissioners Scott Hilton introduced Samaritan Emergency Medical Services' CEO Charlie Vetters to discuss bringing Samaritan to Osage County.
Vetters explained that Samaritan EMS has a history of service in Oklahoma and is the only specialty care licensed ambulance in Oklahoma.
Commissioner Hilton emphasized that the gap in coverage needs to be closed and it is unacceptable that residents must wait an hour for an ambulance to arrive; however, to greatest concern is how to fund the service. The County is willing to do whatever they can to help but funds will need to come from the people, Vetters remarked it is worth the cost.
The Commissioners were unable to take action Monday, however Samaritan will draft a contract for the District Attorneys Office to review. The item will return to the agenda at the next regular meeting Monday morning at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
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