|May 20, 2002
GRANTS AWARDED TO REGIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICES
SPRINGFIELD, IL Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, today announced grants totaling $200,000 have been awarded to four regional ambulance services to improve the delivery of health care in rural and medically underserved areas.
The following four regional ambulance services each received $50,000:
Established in 1994, the grants are awarded to ambulance services that cover two or more counties with a combined population of less than 20,000 or that are in the same emergency medical service region or shortage area. The grants are based on need and may be used to defray the cost of starting a regional ambulance service or to help maintain an existing ambulance service.
Funds may be used by a regional ambulance service to offset operational expenses, to consolidate ambulance service providers, to train employees and volunteers, and to establish telecommunications.
Regional ambulance system boards comprise at least three members from each ambulance service. Members are appointed by the head of their county boards.
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