Hospital addresses ambulance rumor mill

         Officials at Daviess Community Hospital are addressing rumors that have come about since the hospital was awarded the county’s ambulance contract starting in 2020.

        Chief Operating Officer Keith Miller with DCH told the The Washington Times Herald the hospital has received calls from residents wanting to know if the hospital can adequately cover the county with an ambulance service and whether people will have a choice of hospitals to go to if using the ambulance service.

         Miller says the hospital will use an ambulance plan similar to those in Dubois, Gibson and Warrick Counties.  He says there will be 3 ambulances running 24/7 and another during the 12 peak hours of the day.  He also says patients will always have a choice of which hospital to be taken to.    

        The hospital has posted a job opening for an EMS Director at the hospital.  They are also seeking and recruiting EMS personnel. Miller says Southwest Medical employees are encouraged to apply. Southwest Medical has held the county’s ambulance contract for years but is not renewing after this year.  

      Last week, the county commissioners and council signed off on going with DCH as an ambulance service starting in 2020 at $575,000 a year.