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June 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sometimes, a Good Samaritan turns out to be anything but. That's how Delores Cantz feels about an episode in March, when the 82-year-old slipped and fell while dancing at a party in Warminster. Cantz said that after the fall she got up and walked to a side room, where - to her surprise - a crew from the nonprofit Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps was waiting to evaluate her and take her to a local hospital. She refused what she thought was an unneeded emergency-room visit.
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June 9, 1991 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
When Pine Hill officials appear in Superior Court on Thursday to answer charges of interfering with the operation of the local rescue squad, it may be a moot issue. By then, officials say, there may be a new squad providing ambulance service or emergency medical services may be handled by the fire department. Last month, at the request of the Pine Hill First Aid Squad Inc., a restraining order was placed against borough officials, prohibiting them from interfering with the day-to-day operation of the squad.
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November 19, 2006 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council has honored four emergency services workers from Chester County. The four were among 20 workers from across the state honored by the council, an agency of the Pennsylvania Health Department. They are volunteer James R. Goss, dispatcher Jerry V. Moore Jr., nurse Leo Scaccia, and administrator Stephen S. Webb. Goss, who won a Bronze Star as a Navy medic in Vietnam in the late 1960s, was cited as Chester County emergency medical services citizen of the year.
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January 18, 1995 | By Glen Justice, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After 14 years serving Ridley Township, Milmont Fire Company's ambulance needed almost as much work as the patients it served. "It had developed a little cancer here and there," said volunteer firefighter Frank Kennedy. "It was time to get a new one. " When the department went to replace it last year, it received $8,000 toward the purchase from the county's Intercommunity Health Coordination office, which oversees the county Division of Emergency Medical Services. Never again.
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December 31, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A New Jersey appellate court ruled Tuesday that a law intended to give Cooper University Hospital control of emergency medical services in Camden may go forward pending further litigation. A two-judge panel granted the state a stay of a lower court's decision last week that blocked implementation of the law, finding it to be unconstitutional "special legislation. " Virtua Health Inc. sued the state and Gov. Christie after he signed the legislation in July that gave Cooper the exclusive authority to provide paramedic services in Camden.
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February 13, 2008
MAYOR NUTTER'S announcement yesterday that he wants to add $3.8 million to the upcoming city budget to improve the response of emergency medical services personnel reminded us of something. Oh yeah - that's what city government's supposed to do: protect its residents. It's not protection when, according to a city-controller report, there's only a 60-percent chance that an ambulance will reach you within nine minutes of a 911 call. That's endangerment. Nutter's action to mend life-threatening gaps in the undermanned and overworked emergency medical services safety net looks promising: five more service units, money for 40 new medics and overtime pay, supplies and equipment.
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March 3, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
An ambulance company that provides services to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Main Line Health, and Crozer-Keystone Health System plans to close up shop June 30. The company, Falck USA, an arm of a Danish company that operates in the Philadelphia region as LifeStar Response, blamed low reimbursement rates. "Without proper compensation from those who ultimately pay for the services we provide, we are unable to sustain providing high caliber ambulance and medical transportation in a timely, reliable and safe manner," Falck USA's regional chief executive, Charles Maymon, said in a letter to employees Monday.
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May 18, 2006 | By Sue Van Orden
More than a year ago, a report on the nation's emergency medical services found that woefully inadequate funding and training had left few responders equipped to respond safely and effectively to terrorist attacks or other catastrophes. Little has changed since New York University's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response released "Emergency Medical Services: The Forgotten First Responders" in April 2005. Its highlights: Of the country's 900,000 emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
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September 16, 1992 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Kathy Sheehan contributed to this report
The Police and Fire Medical Association, claiming the city "arbitrarily" slashed $95,000 from this month's benefits payment, planned today to file a lawsuit. The money had been owed to the city for past ambulance and paramedic services it provided to members of the association, an HMO-style medical plan that operates a full-service clinic for some 30,000 police and firefighters, their families, and retirees, said the mayor's chief of staff, David L. Cohen. The deduction, part of a get-tough policy by the cash-starved city that earlier this year saw the late Frank Rizzo's widow billed $305 for the failed efforts of paramedics to save his life, came after the association ignored repeated requests to pay up, Cohen said.
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August 6, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law that enabled Cooper University Health Care to provide paramedic and ambulance service in Camden, overturning a lower-court ruling. Cooper's paramedics and emergency medical technicians will continue to serve the city as they have since January, under a law signed by Gov. Christie in July 2015. Ordinarily, a provider must apply to the state health department to offer emergency medical services. Virtua Health, the previous provider of paramedic service in Camden, contended that the law was specially tailored to favor Cooper and was therefore unconstitutional.
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August 6, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law that enabled Cooper University Health Care to provide paramedic and ambulance service in Camden, overturning a lower-court ruling. Cooper's paramedics and emergency medical technicians will continue to serve the city as they have since January, under a law signed by Gov. Christie in July 2015. Ordinarily, a provider must apply to the state health department to offer emergency medical services. Virtua Health, the previous provider of paramedic service in Camden, contended that the law was specially tailored to favor Cooper and was therefore unconstitutional.
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March 3, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
An ambulance company that provides services to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Main Line Health, and Crozer-Keystone Health System plans to close up shop June 30. The company, Falck USA, an arm of a Danish company that operates in the Philadelphia region as LifeStar Response, blamed low reimbursement rates. "Without proper compensation from those who ultimately pay for the services we provide, we are unable to sustain providing high caliber ambulance and medical transportation in a timely, reliable and safe manner," Falck USA's regional chief executive, Charles Maymon, said in a letter to employees Monday.
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January 14, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition by Virtua Health Inc. to block implementation of a law that was ruled unconstitutional by a judge last month but that has allowed Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden while Cooper pursues an appeal. Until this month, Virtua had provided paramedic services in Camden for nearly 40 years. It continues to provide those services in more than 70 municipalities in Camden and Burlington Counties.
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December 31, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A New Jersey appellate court ruled Tuesday that a law intended to give Cooper University Hospital control of emergency medical services in Camden may go forward pending further litigation. A two-judge panel granted the state a stay of a lower court's decision last week that blocked implementation of the law, finding it to be unconstitutional "special legislation. " Virtua Health Inc. sued the state and Gov. Christie after he signed the legislation in July that gave Cooper the exclusive authority to provide paramedic services in Camden.
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December 24, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A New Jersey judge ruled Tuesday that a law that allowed Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden from rival Virtua Health was unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Hurd, ruling orally from the bench in Trenton, ordered the Christie administration not to implement the law. Hurd did not issue a written decision. Richard P. Miller, chief executive of Virtua, praised the ruling and said the hospital looked "forward to continuing our focus on what is most critical to South Jersey residents, which is our ongoing provision of experienced, award-winning, and high quality EMS services for the people in the city of Camden, and the 76 other municipalities we serve in Camden and Burlington Counties.
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September 23, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
On July Fourth, as thousands packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, prepared to party beneath the fireworks, a high-tech medical tent was ready to treat anyone who might need help. That tent and others will be back in action this weekend for the visit of Pope Francis, with at least one big difference: Medical staff will be ready for visitors who had significant medical problems long before they got there. Wherever Francis goes - Ecuador in July, Cuba this week - he is greeted by cancer patients, people in wheelchairs, and others who seek healing through his touch.
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July 27, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
On a Thursday afternoon in early May, AlDora Sample was gasping for breath. She called 911 a few minutes past 5 p.m. from her home in Camden. But the paramedic squad stationed in the city was tending to a drug overdose, so the dispatcher summoned a team from three miles away, in Pennsauken. At rush hour, it took the medics more than 12 minutes to get to Sample's tan-sided house on Ware Street. Was that fast enough? Emergency medicine experts say evaluating a paramedic service based on its response times is a tricky proposition at best, depending on the type of emergency, geography, and other factors.
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July 13, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
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July 8, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider. The measure, which some critics complained was fast-tracked by lawmakers and bypassed regulations, was passed without debate last month in both houses despite opposition from Virtua Health System, which operates the services in every town in Burlington and Camden Counties. Supporters have said the law will allow better coordination between EMS services and the hospitals that receive those patients, including follow-up care for patients who live in Camden.
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June 25, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The budget introduced and advanced by New Jersey Democrats on Tuesday includes $2.5 million for Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden. As reported last week, it also includes $2.5 million for Newark to help that city establish its own EMS operations. The Democrats' spending plan totals $35.3 billion and is expected to head to the floor of each house for a full vote Thursday. Paramedic services in Camden are currently provided by Virtua Health, which operates in every town in Camden and Burlington Counties.
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