Finally, in the news this week, we take a look at how ugly it gets sometimes when an ambulance service contract is up for grabs in a given jurisdiction. One such problem is with how such contracts affect so many individuals who are employees with different services and how they perceive competitors. These contracts are often discussed quite unprofessionally online by these individuals and sometimes the services themselves get dragged into the mud-slinging.

Fight Over Jersey City EMS Services

Emrgency-Sign-room-ambulanceThis is what’s going on in Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) has provided EMS services to the city for 130 years but that contract is currently up for grabs despite JCMC’s offer to give the city free EMS service for the next three years. Their competitor is now offering to pay the city $2.6 million to get the contract in order to reimburse the city for time served by city fire-fighters on medical calls prior to an ambulance’s arrival.

The fight between the rival services is now heating up with allegations of improperly diverting ambulances to JCMC against patient wishes and other improprieties. These allegations are from the competing service which JCMC says is owned, in part, by competing hospitals in the area.


Stay Classy, New Jersey

I just want to point out how these types of fights make us all look bad and take the most important topic, patient care, off the table of discussion. The only question should be which service will provide the best, most consistent patient care to the community. It shouldn’t be anything else.

If such a situation presents itself in your community, I urge you to rise above the fray and get back to basics of what is really important about what we do. Help keep the online discussions on point about patient care and cost to the community. That is how you can maintain a professional demeanor in the midst of the mud-slinging that so often goes on in these situations.


Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – EMS Job Interview Tips with Chris Cebollero and Episode 367.



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