Financial issues to start the new calendar year occupied the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board of Directors for its March meeting.
Board members chose to move $125,000 from the operations account and place the money into savings. After reviewing rates from five local banks, the board agreed to put the money into 12-month certificates of deposit with First State Bank.
Worker's compensation insurance for April through March 2013 was purchased with Missouri Rural Services through the Mike Keith Insurance Agency. The 2012 premium cost $30,832, an increase of more than 70 percent.
Office manager Jeaniettia Pierce said other providers were considered. After having a difficult year for claims, board members decided the cost would balance out over time and stayed with Mike Keith Insurance Agency, which is the largest insurance carrier for ambulance districts in the state.
The board reviewed bids for banking services and chose to stay with First State Bank.
Support agreements were approved with two agencies. The board kept its agreement with TriTech for supporting the district's billing and patient care software at a total cost of $5,638.29. A similar agreement was signed for Ozark Business Systems to continue support for the district's copier at a cost of $675.
Two expenditures for staff expenses were authorized. The board agreed to buy six recliners for the station for $3,180 through Westco in Monett. Another $1,000 was dedicated for expenses associated with Emergency Medical Services Week.
The board updated the wage policy to reflect increases authorized in January. The 2011 fiscal year budget was amended to reflect actual spending.
Ambulance crews had some of their busiest months on record to open 2012. Crews made 226 runs in January, five more than the old record in 2007. The 212 runs made in February was the second highest for the month, up 22 from a year ago.
Of the 170 patients transported in January, 45 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 83 went to Springfield hospitals, nine to Joplin hospitals, four each to Mercy hospitals in Aurora and Cassville, two to Mercy Hospital Carthage, 11 to nursing homes and three to helicopter landing zones.
In February, crews transported 166 patients, taking 47 to Cox Monett Hospital, 80 to Springfield hospitals, three to Joplin hospitals, five to Mercy Hospital Aurora, three to Mercy Hosptial Cassville, 12 to nursing homes and eight to helicopter landing zones.
In January, crews transported four patients for other services and turned over two runs when both on-duty vehicles were busy. Crews picked up three patients on mutual aid calls in February while turning six calls over to other services.
The district charges for standby service at events. In January, crews logged 63 hours of overtime on standby calls and 179 hours in February.
Standby charges became an issue for Monett Speedway managers, who asked the board for a reduction in charges. Board members opted to keep the charge at $175 an hour for the season.
Several personnel changes were made since the beginning of the year. Hollis Robar, Jon Egleston and Samantha Pierce were hired as on-call emergency medical technicians. Jessica Winder resigned from that position.
Education Director Andy McCaslin gave all employees an in-service on new medicine and new equipment. McCaslin announced plans to give a driving class for new employees, which would be open to area firefighters.
The education department underwent an audit by Robert Minter, Missouri Sate EMS inspector. Minter certified the instruction curriculum, records and equipment for meetingemergency personnel state standards.
The board will next meet on April 10.