2019-02-09 / Obituaries

Island Medics Make Nearly 500 Runs

The ambulance crew made 499 medical assistance runs in 2018, nearly 100 more than in 2017 or 2016. The city partners with Cheboygan Life Support Systems to offer emergency medical services (EMS), with the company overseeing the medical billing and administration.

In December, the city council accepted the profit and loss statements from Cheboygan Life Support for April through September 2018, after the billing was completed.

In April, EMS had a negative balance of $6,673.79; and in May, EMS lost $1,359.97. As the tourist season got underway, more ambulance calls were made, which generate more income through insurance and billing. In June, the EMS program had a net income of $13,329.83.

July was another busy month for the EMS crew, as the program netted $18,351.48. In August, ambulance runs began to slow, but still earned $430.95 in income. By September, the program had a net loss of $281.39.

The final quarter of the year, from October through December, also sees net losses for EMS, as there are still fewer ambulance runs, although expenses, such as wages, remain steady.

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