St. Luke's ETS responses up 19 percent in east Salisbury
St. Luke's Emergency and Transport Services will continue to provide emergency ambulance services in 2014 to eastern Salisbury Township.
Kermit C. Gorr, Jr., executive director, St. Luke's Emergency and Transport Services, updated the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners about the ETS service at the Nov. 7 township meeting in the Municipal Building.
St. Luke's ETS responded to 405 calls so far this year, a 19 percent increase from 2012, when it responded to 340 calls.
The St. Luke's ETS response time was an average 8 minutes for all calls and 5 and one-half minutes for cardiac arrest calls.
"It's a tremendous service to the township," Commissioner President James A. Brown said.
"We all work together as one. It's great to see. I have to thank Kermit [Gorr]," Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles said.
St. Luke's ETS has 11 vehicles. Two ambulances are to be replaced. FCC-mandated upgrading of communications equipment is expected to cost $400,000.
"We may get involved in providing some home health-care services," Gorr said.
There has been no increase for three years in St. Luke's ETS annual subscription fees, which are: $40, single person; $55, family; and $25, single person over 65.
Gorr said the impact of the Affordable Health Care for America Act on reimbursements for emergency services remains to be seen. "I don't think anyone in EMS can predict," Gorr said.
A St. Luke's ETS subscription drive was held last month.
St. Luke's ETS annual fund drive and community support help underwrite its emergency services.
St. Luke's ambulance service is available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year, to respond to calls for help.
St. Luke's EMS also provides state-certified, emergency transport and para-transport van services and treatment for the citizens, workers and visitors of the northwest corner of Upper Bucks County, including Quakertown borough, Milford Township, Richland Township, Richlandtown borough, Trumbauersville borough and portions of Haycock, Springfield, West Rockhill and East Rockhill townships.
For information about St. Luke's ETS, volunteer opportunities or membership and contributions, call 215-538-4540.
For routine or para-transport van services, call 215-538-4543.
In an emergency, St. Luke's ETS is activated by dialing 911.