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PARIS -- Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center is putting the pieces in place to start an ambulance service for both emergent and non-emergent transports.

The service will be part of the Horizon Health brand that the organization is unveiling in early spring, according to a press release.

“We’re working through the details now,” said Samantha McCarty, RN, BSN, critical care manager and lead for the ambulance project. “Once we have everything in place, it will just be a matter of obtaining final approval from the state.”

The process is expected to be completed in the next 60 days, with a projected start date of April 1.

“We’re excited to offer this service to our communities,” said Oliver Smith, PCH/FMC president & CEO. “As we look at ways to better manage the health of our patients -- both inside and outside of our facility’s walls -- an ambulance service makes sense.”

PCH/FMC has recently implemented other services to expand beyond its bricks and mortar. In 2016, two nurse practitioners began seeing patients in local nursing homes. In 2017, patient navigators were implemented to identify high-risk patients and help manage their health even after leaving the hospital.

“The way in which health care is evolving puts much emphasis on the continuum of care, seeing patients through their entire health journey. That process is much smoother when all the pieces are managed by our organization,” said Smith.

“We are currently hiring,” said McCarty, “We’re looking for paramedics and EMT basics.” Applications can be submitted at ParisCommunityHospital.com/careers.

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