CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) - Randolph County has entered an agreement to have its emergency medical transportation handled by Grady Emergency Medical Services, for the next five years.
Grady takes overt on Monday, April 17th, through an agreement recently approved by the Randolph Co. Board of Commissioners.
Commission Chairman Jimmy Bradley said, "It means better healthcare and emergency services for our folks, and it also means our taxpayers won't have to pay for expensive new equipment."
The county will pay Grady EMS $100,000 a year, the same amount it currently pays for emergency medical services. Grady will pay for any new ambulances and equipment. All 14 current Randolph Co. EMS employees are being offered jobs with Grady at the same or better pay.
Grady will also introduced its Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) initiative, by which medical experts will identify 911 calls that are not true emergencies.
They will still immediately dispatch an ambulance, but a nurse practitioner will be on board with a goal of offering more affordable and appropriate care to the patient at the location from which they're calling.
"Adding this cutting-edge advanced practice model is a great benefit," said Kim Gilman, CEO of Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert. "Grady's innovation and experience combined with the current Randolph Co. team of EMS professionals will ensure enhanced care for the citizens of Randolph Co."
Grady already does EMS for the City of Atlanta and Fulton County, as well as these other counties-
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