During its regular meeting Tuesday the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors voted to approve a contract with APSI for ambulance services for the next six months.
“We need APSI to continue running ambulance services until we’re ready to operate,” said PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner. “The board has done a lot of the background work, but it will still be a while until we’re buying ambulances and hiring medical personnel.”
APSI owner Doug Briscoe said nothing will change for area patients for the time being.
“We’re going to continue to sustain the same levels of services we’ve been providing the Pettis County area,” he said. “In discussing the contract, we knew it was going to be a while until the district gets all their ducks in a row and up and running so this allows medical services to continue while they keep setting up the district.”
The PCAD will pay APSI
approximately $20,800 a month for the contract, spending at least $125,000 for the first six months of service.
During the meeting the board also approved a medial contract with Dr. David Gustafson to be the district’s medical director at a cost of $15,000 per year. Gustafson previously worked with Gardner when he was the administrator of the Warsaw Ambulance District.
“I’m very happy to be involved with the district,” Gustafson said. “I’ve worked with Mike in Warsaw and APSI since its establishment, so I know the area (of ambulance services) well. I want to see the Pettis County Ambulance District take off and provide for the people in the community.”
A medical billing contract with Sedalia-based National Billing and Collections was also approved and the board discussed taking part in an insured asset program, which would secure bank deposits more than $250,000.
A Pettis County Ambulance District work session is scheduled for Tuesday.