NOTICE: Siouxland Paramedics will be ending its medical transportation services effective July 1 and then closing its business. Siouxland Paramedics, Inc. is part of Health, Inc. a joint venture owned by MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.
This decision comes after long review by the Health, Inc Board of Directors which includes MercyOne and UnityPoint Health leadership. “Siouxland Paramedics transitioned out of emergency services in January 2018 to only provide medical transportation. With continued competition, decreasing transport volume, and ongoing financial strains, the Health, Inc. Board of Directors has now made the difficult decision to completely stop offering medical transportation and close Siouxland Paramedics,” said Chad Markham, Chief Operating Officer at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.
Health, Inc. and officials at both health care systems appreciate the service of the Siouxland Paramedic employees and will work with them through the transition. Twenty-eight employees will be impacted including eight full-time, one part-time and 19 contingent or as needed.
Tracy Larson, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at MercyOne Siouxland, stresses that closing Siouxland Paramedics does not leave a gap of medical transportation in the area. “Our community has other, quality non-emergency medical transportation options. We will be communicating with those who use Siouxland Paramedics to ensure there is no interruption in transport services.”
Siouxland Paramedics, a non-profit, was formed in 1982 and became one of the three organizations under Health, Inc. in 1999 when MercyOne and UnityPoint Health formed the joint venture. Hospice of Siouxland and the June E. Nylen Cancer Center are also part of Health, Inc. and this change does not impact those two businesses.