2017-09-02 / Front Page

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Cameron County Ambulance Service (CCAS) accepted a $150,000 gift from the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation. Majority of the donation will be used to purchase a new ambulance. In recent years, CCAS has struggled with the same issues plaguing many other rural emergency service providers. Among the numerous challenges are declining insurance reimbursement, increasing operating costs, lack of qualified staff, and the rapidly increasing cost of training— compounded by continued population decline and a dramatic increase in patients with Medical Assistance. To reduce overhead, CCAS has cut some services, streamlined administration, negotiated with vendors, and postponed vehicle and equipment replacements. Attending the check donation ceremony in Emporium were, (from left): Mee Foundation president John Rodgers, presenting the check to CCAS board president Adam Johnson, Mee Foundation director Dave Guloien and CCAS business manager Bill Pennington.

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