The East Windsor Ambulance Association, inc. was established in 1978 as an all volunteer community ambulance service. For 17 years, an all volunteer staff provided essential life saving care at no cost to the community. AS times changed it became harder to maintain an all volunteer force. In January of 1995, our first EMT was hired to supplement our volunteer staff. It was the begining of a transition to an all paid EMS service. In 2001, several paramedics were then hired along with several EMT's were added to payroll and our 24 hour per day paramedic service was born.
Our paramedic advanced life support ambulance service provides the the citizens of East Windsor a high qualty established paramedic system. It also provides mutual aid services to many area communities. Now with a staff of over 55 Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians, licensed with 6 ambulances and 3 paramedic intercept vehicles, answer over 2500 requests for advanced life support paramedic level emergency medical service.
Each year, we pass less than 30 calls to other EMS providers. All of our staff are employees of our association. We do not utilize staffing services to provide our medical services to the community.
Taxpayer funding is minimal
East Windsor taxpayers provide our ambulance association a small facility in Warehouse Point at the Town Hall Annex. Taxpayes provides the cost of electricity, heat, air conditioning, snow plowing, and garbarge removal.
All other expenses are the responsibility of the organization. There is no direct tax revenue provided to the East Windsor Ambulance by the Town of East Windsor. There are no hidden line items, operating funds, or capital improvment funding provided by the Town of East Windsor. This arrangement has existed since 2012.
For the cost of a facility costs, the Town of East Windsor is provided 2 fully staffed paramedic units 24 hours per day. The ambulance association purchases all 6 of our ambulances, all of our medical supplies and all of our medical equipment.
The ambulance association provides for all of our own employee benefits, employee payroll, automobile insurance, liability and workers compensation insurance, ambulance fleet maintanence, ambulance vehicle fuel, information technology, and medical training. Funds are received by billing private insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and by charging our patients. Patient billing for Emergency Medical Services is regulated by the CT Department of Public Health and rates are assigned annually by the Commissioner of Public Health.
Most community ambulance services including the East Windsor Ambulance and most for-profit companies use the State of Connecticut's universal ambulance rates. This makes most ambulance charges the same through out the State of Connecticut.
Some for profit companies do apply for higher rates but this does not affect our area.
The taxpayers of East Windsor get great coverage and high quality medical care while not having to subsidize the ambulance service with their tax money.
Regionalization of services (Also see our Regional Initiatives tab above)
The future of successful non profit emergency medical service agencies is the consolidation and creation of larger more efficient departments. The East Windsor Ambulance actively looks to join forces with any similar type ambulance service providers that feel a larger regional type system would benefit them and the community they serve.
The demands and high cost of high quality paramedic emergency medical care requires all services to take bold moves to ensure they provide the highest level of service possible to their community. Smaller communities do not have the administrative staff or the full time advanced life support expertise to manage a paramedic system. Small systems also do not generate the call volume to sustain a strong stand alone paramedic system.
Combining organizations provides the expertice required and reduces many duplicated costs including organizational supervision, all forms of insurance, medical supplies, fleet maintanence, patient billing, payroll administration, and scheduling.
Ensuring your community is receiving sufficient paramedic services is a huge problem for many communities. Our service seeks to expand our service to any community looking for an alternative emergency medical service provider. Many communitites no longer can afford to provide funding for ambulance services and have put this service out to bid.
We have previously placed bids to provide service to Windsor Locks, South Windsor, and Glastonbury.
I encourage municipalities and ambulance systems to read my Regional Initiatives tab for further information.
Outsourcing of administrative or staff services
The East Windsor Ambulance does not outsource its responsibilities ensuring all functions are conducted to our standards. This includes EMS staffing, patient billing, payroll, and staff scheduling.
The East Windsor Ambulance Association conducts all billing functions in house utilizing Zoll Data Systems advanced software systems. Patient accounts with insurance coverage are sent electronically to most major insurance carriers. Insurance co-pay bills are sent directly from our offices in East WIndsor Ct. Our Billing services are also available to other EMS systems looking for a vendor to incorporate an extremely efficient billing system for their service. Services that are interested are encouraged to call our business office.
Each year a full audit of our financial position is conducted by Accounting and Auditing Services Inc. in Enfield CT.
Our Staff receive medical direction and oversight from Dr. Richard Kamin with the John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT. Paramedic Peter Canning is our liason for Dr. Kamin by coordinating our medical direction approvals and staff training.
For 38 years, the East Windsor Ambulance has served our community with distinction and looks forward to many years of service to come. Our organzation is strong, fiscally heathy, and we provide cutting edge emergency medical care. We encourage those that are able to make a donation to our organization using the link on this page or by mailing it directly to our business office.
Thank you for your support.
Emergency Medical Services Chief Paramedic
Thomas J Clynch III