On Tuesday, the Rushville Board of Works approved the lease of two ambulances that will begin later this year to provide ambulance service to city residents managed by the Rushville Fire Department.
Members Gary Cameron, Darrin McGowan, Angie Barton and Ron Jarman unanimously approved the leasing of two 2009 Chevy C450 medium duty ambulances that have been in use by the Shelbyville Fire Department’s ambulance service. Both vehicles have approximately 60,000 miles and the total cost is $138,000 which was the lowest of the three bids the Board of Works reviewed. Cameron made the motion to accept the bid with a second by McGowan.
The billing contract for ambulance services was also approved with Ambulance Billing who will charge 6.75 percent of the cost of ambulance runs for their services. Ambulance Billing’s bid was in the middle fee-wise for services; however, it included the EMS software that will allow them to provide EMS charts digitally to both the treating hospitals and for billing. An iPad was also included to provide remote access for charting.
The Board of Works approved lease financing for the two ambulances with Republic First National leasing at 3.87 percent for 4 years paid annually in arrears, which allows for a year of service prior to the first payment.
Accepted bids for the ambulances, billing and leasing came in below the city’s original estimates used in the planning process, according to Rushville Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins.
The city plans open houses later this year at both the fire department and at the Rushville Police Department for area residents when the ambulances arrive.
RFD plans to begin providing ambulance service sometime in October of this year. Ambulance services have been provided by Rush Memorial Hospital whose board has continued to publicly challenge the city’s move to operating ambulance services based out of the Rushville Fire Department. I.U. Health has agreed to be the sponsoring hospital for the city’s ambulance services.