Mid-Mo Ambulance District amends budget

Democrat photo / David A. Wilson
Notary Tasha Knapheide, left, gives the oath of office to Becky Holloway Wednesday, Oct. 9, to become the newest board member of Mid-Mo Ambulance District. She will complete the term of Bob Sheridan who moved out of the district. Observing the ceremony is Tasha's daughter Kynna.

Democrat photo / David A. Wilson Notary Tasha Knapheide, left, gives the oath of office to Becky Holloway Wednesday, Oct. 9, to become the newest board member of Mid-Mo Ambulance District. She will complete the term of Bob Sheridan who moved out of the district. Observing the ceremony is Tasha's daughter Kynna. Photo by David Wilson.

By DAVID A. WILSON

Democrat Staff

The budget of Mid-Mo Ambulance District was amended by the Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors for the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. The actual end balance for 2012-13 was $12,696.52 more than originally estimated. The projected and reserve funds of the current 2013-14 budget were increased by that amount. The balance of funds on hand was $454,696.52.

Becky Holloway was sworn in as a new board member by Notary Tasha Knapheide. Holloway was appointed to the board in August. She will serve the remainder Bob Sheridan's term. He resigned after he moved out of his district. Holloway also replaces Sheridan as treasurer.

After discussion, the board approved a bid by Command 1,LLC, for a new UHF radio system for Morgan County. The system now in use was designed in the 1960s. The ambulance district and Morgan County law enforcement will be the main users. Because of estimated amount of usage, the county will pay 60 percent of the cost of the new system and the ambulance district 40 percent, just over $41,000. To ensure countywide coverage for the district, a tower will be built at the district's land in Ivy Bend. The tower bid of $11,205 was approved.

Upgrades in communications will be considered for Moniteau County in the next fiscal year.

Run statistics for September were presented: Tipton — 56 calls with 42 transports; California — 65 calls, 41 transports; Versailles — 153 calls, 106 transports; and Barnett — 48 calls, 29 transports. Total calls districtwide were 322 with 218 transports, for a transport rate on patient contact calls of 75.2 percent.

Run statistics for the 2012-13 fiscal year which ended Sept. 30 were presented: Tipton — 597 calls with 396 transports; California — 837 calls, 547 transports; Versailles — 1767 calls, 1219 transports; and Barnett — 303 calls, 197 transports. Total calls districtwide were 3504 with 2359 transports, for a transport rate on patient contact calls of 75 percent.

Most patients in fiscal 2012-13 were transported to Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City, 786, with St. Mary's Health Center a close second, 771. Lake Regional Health Center, Osage Beach was third, 412, and Bothwell Hospital, Sedalia, fourth, at 140. There were 69 transported to a helicopter for air transport. The remainder were transported to University Hospital, VA Hospital, clinics, nursing homes, residences and other.



The next board of directors meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

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