Jackson County Hospital to receive new ambulance

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

March 13, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.

The Jackson County Hospital District will soon be expanding its ambulance fleet from two to three emergency response vehicles.

The Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners announced Tuesday it is donating a $190,000 ambulance to the hospital.

"We currently have two work ambulances, which means they have an assignment. They respond to calls. But when one is out of service or in need of maintenance, it knocks our response capability down by 50 percent," said James Sudik, Jackson County Hospital District EMS director. "Having another ambulance allows us to move the oldest vehicle in our fleet to a backup position and remain at full capability."

Sudik said the ambulance addition will also help improve the hospital's ability to respond to under-served areas of Jackson County.

The ambulance is expected to be in service by June.

Energy Transfer Partners is also constructing a $450 million gas processing facility in Jackson County that will process 800 billion cubic feet per day of liquid-rich natural gas coming from the Eagle Ford Shale, which is slated to open in 2013.

As many as 15 positions will become available for hire at the facility.

"They have really stepped up as a community partner and showed they're interested in working with the community," Sudik said.



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