Capital Ambulance to Provide Emergency Medical Services Support in Hancock County Communities

Starting August 31 at 5 pm, Capital Ambulance, a member of EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems), will begin responding to calls for ambulance service in the city of Ellsworth and several surrounding Hancock County communities. After serving the community for more than 40 years, County Ambulance owner John Partridge has decided to end operations.
Capital Ambulance, based in Bangor, is committed to providing the highest quality emergency care and hospital transport services to our communities—safely, reliably, and with compassion. With industry-leading equipment and highly trained and skilled medical staff, Capital is well positioned to expand its service area and provide excellent customer care for the region while the towns develop long-term plans for ambulance coverage. Capital is positioned for, and excited about, the opportunity to be an integral part of the public safety network and healthcare delivery system in Hancock County. 
“We recognize that County Ambulance, and in particular John Partridge, has played a significant role in our area’s emergency response services over the last four decades,” shares Jeff Doran, vice president of Clinical Services, EMHS. “John has tirelessly dedicated his career to the residents of Hancock county to ensure there has been a reliable emergency transport service available, and we are grateful for his commitment and loyalty.”
On August 31, the transition from County to Capital will be seamless. Medical calls to 911 starting on August 31 will be re-routed to Capital. “We are certain that we have the ability, including the staff and the equipment needed, to immediately step in and cover this area,” explains Joe Kellner, vice president, Emergency Services and Community Programs for Capital Ambulance. “We are familiar with the area, and many of our staff members currently reside in the area. We will provide two 24/7 ambulances equipped to respond to emergency calls in all of the communities currently served by County. Furthermore, we are able to provide redundancy and back-up from our Bangor base during unanticipated spikes in call volume. In the coming weeks, we will be working with community representatives on developing long-term sustainable strategies for EMS delivery in the region. ”  

About Capital Ambulance

Capital Ambulance is a paramedic licensed ambulance service with its headquarters in Bangor, and bases throughout southern Penobscot County. Capital is owned and operated by EMHS. Services include non-emergency transport, 911 emergency response, critical care transport, and community medicine. Later this year, Capital Ambulance will become Northern Light Medical Transport, a 501(C)3 charitable organization. 

About EMHS

EMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine. EMHS offers a broad range of health delivery services and providers, including: nine hospitals, primary care and specialty physician practices, long-term care, home health and hospice agencies, and ground and air emergency transport.
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