By Tim Kowols
Door County Emergency Services will be the new ambulance provider for Door County Medical Center when patients need to be transported to Green Bay. The change was needed when it was informed by Para Tran owner Wayne Denil that it either needed additional funding from the hospital to maintain its current services or it would go out of business. Officials at Door County Medical Center were forced to contact Door County Administrator Ken Pabich and Door County Emergency Medical Services Director Aaron LeClair to make sure the most urgent cases were able to be taken care of in the short term. LeClair says their ambulances have only been sent to Green Bay a couple times over the last few weeks because its main duty remains locally.
Other agencies located in Green Bay and Valders will handle less urgent situations until a permanent replacement can be found. Denil has been offered an opportunity for additional comment. You can see statements from Door County Medical Center and Para Tran online with this story.
FROM DOOR COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
For over 30 years, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has enjoyed a partnership with Para Tran to transport critically ill patients to other facilities in the event that transfers were necessary. On October 22nd, the owner of Para Tran called our ER to let us know that he was suspending services and that we would need to look to other options for transport.
We have been working with providers throughout NE Wisconsin to fill the void and have some good short-term solutions in place. We hope to have a long-term transport agreement, similar to the one we have had with Para Tran, worked out within the next 6 months. In the meantime, we will work with local and regional partners to make sure that residents of Door and Kewaunee Counties, and patients of DCMC are able to receive the transport that is needed in a timely manner. We would like to thank the team at Para Tran for over 30 years of service to our patients and to our community.
With Para Tran going out of business abruptly, we had to arrange for reliable transport for our patients within a very short timeframe. Our Emergency Department team worked quickly with Aaron LeClair at Door County EMS and Ken Pabich, the County Administrator to make sure that patients who were in emergent or urgent situations could be transported right away. The County’s first priority is 911 calls, but they did agree to transport emergent patients from our hospital to the hospitals in Green Bay when the situation demanded that kind of response. Fortunately, those situations have only occurred a couple of times in the past few weeks, but our County EMS has immediately responded. We are blessed to have such a great team of talented paramedics in Door County when we need them!
For less urgent situations, we have been working with transport providers outside of Door County, such as County Rescue out of Green Bay. They have also been great to work with to ensure that our patients are transported in a timely manner. We are actively working on a long-term solution for transport, but in the meantime we can rest assured that our patients are being well cared for by Door County EMS and other regional partners.
FROM PARA TRAN