Priority Ambulance, Baptist form partnerships | New Albany

NEW ALBANY – Baptist Memorial hospitals in New Albany and Calhoun City are partnering with a Knoxville, Tennessee-based service to provide ambulance services in Union and Calhoun counties.

On Monday, Union and Calhoun county boards of supervisors approved the partnership with Priority Ambulance Service as the emergency 911 provider.

In Union County, Priority Ambulance will officially take over on Aug. 15. In Calhoun County, the service will take over on Aug. 1, pending approval from the Calhoun City board.

“This transition will be seamless for patients,” said Baptist Union County administrator and CEO Walter J. Grace. “Our emergency medical technicians will continue to staff the ambulances, and the ambulances themselves will continue to wear the Baptist name.”

Priority Ambulance intends to hire the existing staff of emergency medical technicians and paramedics, provided they meet the service’s qualifications, said Amanda Shell Jennings, director of marketing and communication for Priority Ambulance.

Baptist Memorial and Priority Ambulance have developed a strategic partnership. On April 1, Priority Ambulance began providing patient transport services to Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities in the greater Memphis area, including operating a neonatal emergency services program through the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital. In June, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville joined the partnership with Priority Ambulance to provide patient transport services to its facilities and also to serve as the Prentiss County 911 emergency service provider.

Baptist officials said it’s too soon to say if Baptist will expand the strategic partnership to its other hospitals, including Baptist Memorial-North Mississippi in Oxford.

“We will work with leaders in the North Mississippi communities we serve and conduct…

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