Barren-Metcalfe EMS personnel are predicting a record number of ambulance transports by the close of this year.

Year-to-date the service has responded to 6,900 requests for service compared to some 7,365 transports in 2003, the year with the highest recorded number of transports previously.

“I’d say we’re probably well on our way to exceeding that number,” Mike Swift, ambulance service director, told members of the board of directors on Wednesday. “As of November, we responded to as many calls as last year,” Swift said.

That same month the ambulance service received 630 requests for service. Of that number, 518 runs were made by the Glasgow-Barren County Station and the remaining 112 runs were made by the Edmonton-Metcalfe County Station.

The previous month, the service received 622 requests for service. The Glasgow-Barren County Station responded to 537 of those runs in October, while the Edmonton-Metcalfe County Station made 85.

The ambulance service took delivery of six new state-of-the-art stretchers earlier this week. The stretchers are designed to eliminate most heavy lifting and back strain associated with loading patients into the ambulance.

The board agreed to make monthly payments including interest and principle to Kaco, the agency financing the equipment for an estimated $51,000.

Additionally, Swift told board members the ambulance service was notified recently it would receive a grant by The Center for Rural Development for the purchase of mapping computers for each of the six ambulance units.

The financial report reflected a collection rate of approximately 63 percent with revenue from collections generating an estimated $640,350 so far this year, compared to expenses of about $880,000 leaving a year-to-date deficit of around $320,000.

Revenue is expected to go up next year with a 70 cent increase per loaded mile, effective Dec. 1 and fee adjustments relating to the last phase of rate increase for the new Medicaid fee schedule, Swift said.

In other business, the board met in executive session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss a personnel matter. No action was taken. Board members agreed to hold a special called meeting on Dec. 28.

Contact Stacy Neitzel by e-mailing sneitzel@glasgowdailytimes.com or (270) 678-5171, ext. 228.

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