Judge-Executive talks ambulance service hurdles

Discussions could be in store for Christian Fiscal Court some time in the near future, after the Christian County Ambulance Service expressed concerns with growing costs and dwindling revenues at a recent Fiscal Court meeting. 

Since its inception, the Christian County Ambulance Service has been self-sustaining, but due to an increase in competitive wages, inflation concerning ambulances and equipment and a stagnant revenue pool, that may have to change. Speaking with WHOP Thursday morning, Christian County Judge Executive Jerry Gilliam says due to the nature of Medicaid and Medicare, they don’t make back the money that is invested into a call for service.

Making about 11,000 calls for service annually, the Christian County Ambulance Service responds to emergencies across one of Kentucky’s largest counties, racking up thousands of miles on ambulances—and they’re often responsible for transporting patients across the state.

That puts a lot of wear on an ambulance, and unfortunately, Gilliam says the cost of those vehicles has gone up dramatically and it can be difficult to even get them.

Gilliam says the Ambulance Service should be commended for being self-sufficient for so long, as they’ve been very diligent with their spending while providing excellent service.

The Judge-Executive says they’ll be looking into ways to make sure they service stays going just as strong, if not stronger, as it has been, as it is a vital service that this community must have for the health and betterment of its citizens.