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A request by Gold Cross EMS for an increase to the subsidy the city pays for transporting Richmond County’s indigent patients failed Tuesday on a split commission vote.

Augusta commissioners voted 5-5 on Commissioner Brandon Garrett’s motion to increase the subsidy to Gold Cross, the city’s sole...

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  1. The vote FAILED BY DESIGN. It was a disgusting discussion, and then “the vote”. The five “FOR” votes, have the best interest in mind, for the citizens of ARC. The others, I am not convinced. Incredibly, Commissioner Hasan was unaware that BOTH Columbia and Burke, also have a subsidy in place with Gold Cross. This portion of the Commission Meeting was painful to watch.

  2. It would be interesting to see the lawsuit that would occur if Gold Cross dissolved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Augusta and reassigned their equipment and employees to Columbia and Burke Counties. Before I retired, our corporate lawyers warned us about making verbal, but enforceable, contracts with clients by inadvertently and verbally establishing the following elements while talking to a customer.

    A contract exists when: 1) one of the parties commits to provide a product or service; 2) the other party promises something of value (i.e., money) in exchange product or service; 3) both parties accept the product or service and the promised item of value (acceptance may be verbal or by actions of the parties); and 4) there is a mutual understanding and agreement to the terms and conditions of the contract by both parties.

    Hey commissioners, you already have a contract with Gold Cross. It’s the MOU. It may be a poorly written and ambiguous, but that’s your and your legal staff’s fault, and Gold Crosses fault for believing Augusta would be fair and equitable. So why not replace it? Oh, you think the commission can better organize and operate an in-house ambulance service? LOL!

    • Sadly, since Gold Cross has the Zone Designation, they are screwed. Plus, to maintain the level of service in the current MOU, they have too much of an investment just to reassign. The request from Gold Cross was two-fold, and anyone SHOULD be able to understand, but apparently five Commissioners are not business savvy. Gold Cross is dying, based upon diesel fuel costs — $25,000 a MONTH ! PLUS, the indigent and others, do not pay their transport bill. They are almost at 56% “no pays” now. In addition, even if they KNOW this caller is not going to pay, they still HAVE to take the call, even if the patient left the hospital AMA, and called back the next day for another ride. Lastly, since ambulance chassis are hard to come by right now, Gold Cross is having to keep older ambulances in service, and maintenance costs are escalating. I received my First Responder training from Gold Cross, and they deserve much better treatment than those “five naysayers” as listed above.

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