The Washington County Emergency Medical Service has been judge the best in the state at least twice and according the EMS Director Kevin Deramus, the past year was another very busy, but good year.
Deramus presented the EMS annual report to today’s (Monday’s) meeting of the Washington County Commissioners.
He told them that 80 percent of their $2.6 million budget is paid by the people, or their insurance companies that need their help.
Deramus says that the taxpayer pays about $700,000 for their annual budget. The EMS also gets and additional $220,000 from the state waiver fund. Deramus says this allows Washington County residents who pay taxes towards the operation of the EMS will not have to pay the co-pay for the service. The waiver system then contributes to the co-pay.
Deramus reported that they had have a 95 percent reduction in pending status system alerts and a 75 percent reduction in level two calls.. The county EMS was also able to avoid adding six paramedics saving the system over $450,000.