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January 17, 2013

City ambulance service discussed

RUSHVILLE — The Rushville Common Council, Rushville Board of Public Works and Safety, the Rush County Council and the Rush County Commissioners met Monday to discuss the city’s plan to provide emergency medical services and ambulance service through the Rushville Fire Department within the city. The ambulance service is currently provided by Rush Memorial Hospital.

Brad Smith, CEO of Rush Memorial Hospital, and some RMH board members were also in attendance.

Attending for the city, in addition to Mayor Mike Pavey, were Board of Public Works and Safety members Darrin McGowan, Gary Cameron, Angie Barton and Don Jarman and Rushville Common Council members Craig Smith, Brian Conner, Brad Berkemeier and Brian Sheehan. Council president Bob Bridges was absent.

Attending for the Rush County Commissioners were Bruce Levi and Ken Masters. Mark Bacon was absent.

Attending Rush County Council members were Gerald Mohr, Warren Norris, Charles Smith, Janet Kile, Marvin Hedrick and Kevin Spilman. Jerry Kent was absent.

The purpose of the meeting was to get everyone together and have an open discussion, said Mayor Pavey.

“It gives us an opportunity to talk back and forth, and I think probably get the most useful, honest information we’ve got,” Mayor Pavey said

Pavey shared an EMS timeline that spans from Feb. 1, 2011, covers at least 29 steps, and continues into 2013.

The city, following discussions and a detailed business plan preparation which they have shared throughout the fall, is now asking other government officials to speak now or at least before the city makes its decision on whether to move forward with EMS services.

“There’s questions we have to get answered, and try to figure out exactly how we move forward. At the end of the day, the city has to make a decision,” Pavey said. He also noted that the city has to make a decision on, “Is this something the city wants to move forward with if the county says, ‘We don’t.’”

Pavey opened the meeting to conversation to see where people attending stood on this proposal.

“I would rather people talk tonight in this meeting than leave the meeting and hear that it went a different direction tomorrow. Some of the dialogue from our point of view, we’d rather hear information that maybe we don’t want to hear, but I’d rather hear it here than us moving down the road and six months later hear, ‘Oh did you know you offended so and so and that type of thing.’”

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