Summer business was so routine for the board of the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District that no old or new business came up for consideration at the June board meeting. Board members spent their time focusing on reports showing how employees are responding to service calls.
Crews made 224 runs in May, the second highest number of runs in 2010 and the second highest in May in the last six years. The total was down 18 percent from the May record set a year ago. The 2010 total through May reflected a 7 percent drop from the beginning of 2009.
|Of the 178 patients transferred in May, 52 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 79 went to Springfield hospitals and eight went to Joplin hospitals. Other local trips took eight patients to St. John's Hospital-Aurora and 10 to St. John's Hospital-Cassville.||Crews took 14 patients to nursing homes and two to helicopter landing zones. Distant trips included one each to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., and Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas. Three weekly standby calls were made at the Monett Speedway.|
Crews picked up 12 calls from other services: six for Cox South Barry County; four for St. John's-Aurora; and two for St. John's-Mt. Vernon. Seven calls were turned over to other services when both local ambulances were committed to other calls at the time.
A total of 320 hours of overtime was scheduled over two pay periods in May, plus 77 hours for standby duties. There were only two hours of additional overtime beyond what had been scheduled, a marked improvement over previous months.
Andy McCaslin in his education report indicated one heartsaver CPR class was held in May. Three persons received certification. McCaslin will give two CPR classes during July for the Barry County dispatch center staff. Seven paramedics took the rapid sequence intubation class given May 16 at St. John's Hospital-Springfield.
Office Manager Jeaneittia Pierce's financial report showed patient charges are down almost $5,000 or 3 percent for the first five months of the 2010. Revenue received from patient accounts is up by over $9,000 or 3 percent from last year's pace.
The ambulance board's next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on July 13 at the district office, located at 307 Dairy St. in Monett.