EMS response time steady in 2013

February 8, 2014

The overall numbers of Hood County service calls and patients transported by Texas EMS ambulances in 2013 were down a bit, but the performance numbers remained about the same, according to Texas EMS Executive Director Vernon Walker.

“This year was relatively flat compared to previous years,” Walker said. “We continue to be at the 90 percent compliance rate with response times.”

There were 4,671 calls for service in 2013, compared with 4,809 in 2012.

The number of patients transported dropped from 3,996 in 2012 to 3,914 last year.

The percentage of calls in the city of Granbury last year that had a response time of less than 9 minutes was 90 percent. Calls in the county within the 9-minute time frame were at 89.4 percent.

In-service ambulance hours totaled 22,265 for Texas EMS, which has a total of 40 employees.

Membership benefits provided reached $127,554.36, and uncompensated care came to more than $1.6 million.

“Collections were a particular challenge this year, which resulted in a decrease in collections around $90,000,” Walker said. “This is of particular concern, and we will continue to monitor as changes in the healthcare infrastructure continue. Overall, I am pleased with the year and looking forward to 2014.”

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