Phoenixville Hospital Partners with Local Ambulance Organizations for Patient Transport Needs
Phoenixville Hospital-Tower Health recently signed an agreement with two local ambulance services to help alleviate their transport needs for patients being discharged from the hospital. Phoenixville Hospital-Tower Health has partnered with West End Fire Company #3 of Phoenixville and Friendship Ambulance, a division of the Royersford Fire Department, to deliver patients back to their homes or extended care facilities as well as provide emergent ground transport for patients requiring a more intensive level of care.
“With the decrease in reimbursements for 911 based emergency calls we were forced to look at other services to generate revenue” said Friendship’s Public Information Officer and Paramedic Lenny Brown. “We dove into the routine transport arena with local nursing facilities and have seen some positive results. When Phoenixville Hospital approached us about the possibility of this venture, it made sense and is beneficial for all the patients we collectively serve.”
The agreement with Phoenixville Hospital has also helped West End to extend hours for a second ambulance being staffed at their station. According to West End’s Captain John Osbourne “Working with Phoenixville Hospital-Tower Health and Friendship Ambulance in this venture has allowed us to not only assist the hospital in getting critical patients to trauma facilities for treatment, we are also able to staff a 2nd ALS unit to serve the community by offering additional coverage during our peak response hours. This additional ambulance serves not only our primary response area, but the surrounding communities as well to ensure they get prompt, courteous, and professional help in their time of need. This venture also continues to build on a great relationship that we have with Phoenixville Hospital."
Not only has the ambulance services benefitted from the agreement but also the hospital has also seen the positive results. “Patients are being returned to their homes, transferred to specialty care, or taken to rehabilitation facilities quicker by using local resources” shares Herbert Schiffer, MD, Emergency Department Physician. “Many times, the backlog of patients is caused by waiting for an ambulance or wheelchair transport to arrive. By using ambulance services, we interact with frequently and are local only minutes away it makes the process extremely efficient.”