AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta University Medical Center will have 8 new ambulances thanks to a new agreement with Grady EMS which is based out of Atlanta.
These ambulances will transport only non- emergency patients as part of the agreement. The ambulances are state-of-the-art including a neonatal transport unit and a wheelchair accessible van which is geared toward the patients AU identified. The CEO says this is no way in part trying to compete with other licensed companies, but helping non-emergency patients.
"We're able to allow the emergency transport companies to provide all of that as their first priority and not worry about those less essential but very important but less emergent transports. It's a way of relieving some of that obligation and doing it in a timely manner," says Lee Ann Lizka, CEO of Augusta University Medical Center.
Lizka says there are several things that still need to be worked out, but plans on having these ambulances in the CSRA by the end of summer. A.U. says it will continue to accept patients by licensed companies such as Gold Cross.