New Ironton ER gets 12 percent of EMS runs

Published 9:52 am Friday, March 8, 2013

The number of runs to the new St. Mary’s Medical Center-Ironton Campus has increased to 12 percent of the February transports made by the Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services.

Last month the squads made 801 runs with 95 going to the Ironton center. The majority went to King’s Daughters Medical Center with 228 runs 28 percent of the total.

St. Mary’s in Huntington, W.Va., came in next with 180 runs or 22 percent of the total for the month. Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky., had 9 percent and Cabell Huntington Hospital had 7 percent. One percent or seven calls went to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., and 20 percent of the calls did not result in a run to a hospital.

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The county’s EMS was formed in 2011 after a tri-county service was disbanded after about 40 years in operation.

“We are up four runs over last year,” county EMS director Buddy Fry told Lawrence County Commissioners at their Thursday regular meeting.

County Treasurer Stephen Burcham reported that as of Wednesday his office had collected $11.6 million in first half property taxes. The tax deadline is today.

“We are looking to be on track,” Burcham said.

In other action the commission:

• Approved a residential services contract with Meigs County to house juveniles in Lawrence at $85 per bed;

• Approved the Community Corrections Planning Board as recommended by Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper;

• Received the weekly dog warden’s report where five dogs were euthanized, 34 were adopted or sent to rescue and none were redeemed by their owners. There were 101 dogs at the pound the week of Feb. 23.