Local ambulance services transition to AHS

EMS personnel will be offered an opportunity to work for AHS and every effort will be made to accommodate the management and clerical employees.
Local residents will continue to receive the same high level of ambulance service when Alberta Health Services (AHS) assumes direct delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) for Lacombe and Eckville by October 1, 2012.

Current provider Lacombe Municipal Ambulance Service Association (LMASA) had been contracted by AHS to provide ambulance services; however, earlier this month, the Association voted to discontinue contract negotiations and divest from providing ground ambulance services. Both organizations are committed to ensuring the provision of services remains uninterrupted in these communities during the transition period.

“AHS will work closely with the Lacombe Board to ensure the transition is seamless and we are committed to maintaining the same level of service currently offered,” says Lyle McKellar, executive director EMS Central Zone.

“The LMASA Board of Directors wishes to extend its appreciation to staff members for their continued service to the community,” said Chairperson Outi Kite. “The Board looks forward to continued collaboration with AHS to ensure a timely, seamless transition of ground ambulance services in the Lacombe and Eckville areas.”

LMASA employs 21 full time and 15 part time staff, and operates two Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances in Lacombe and one Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance in Eckville. Area ambulances respond to over 3,300 calls annually.

As part of the transition, all paramedics and emergency medical technicians will be offered an opportunity to work for AHS and every effort will be made to accommodate the management and clerical employees. Service levels will remain the same under AHS.

AHS has assembled a team with extensive transition experience from other communities to work collaboratively with the Lacombe Board to ensure a seamless transition.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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