Stephens Co. Approves New EMS Agreement

Stephens County Commissioners sign off on a new agreement with Stephens County Hospital regarding the county’s Emergency Medical Services department.

Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a new five-year EMS agreement with the Stephens County Hospital Authority beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2019.

Under the agreement, the county pays the hospital to operate the county’s EMS service.

County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said that the two sides have had an agreement with the hospital on EMS operations for many years.

“One thing we did in this new five-year agreement is we took out the CPI (Consumer Price Index) as part of the calculation and it is a bit more simplified,” said Ayers. “It is a 1.9 percent increase from the first to the end. That is what the hospital got the last five year agreement.”

County figures show that under the five-year agreement, the county would pay $660,265 in year one of the agreement with increases of just over $12,000 each year ending with a payment of $708,493 from the county to the hospital in the final year of the agreement.

Stephens County Commissioners thanked the hospital authority for working with the county on this issue and for managing the county’s EMS operations well.

The Hospital Authority must still approve the agreement.

Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said the Hospital Authority is scheduled to take up the agreement at its meeting on Monday.