SHFAD looks to boost patient transport rate


March 29, 2023

Benny Westcott

Fire board members and staff, from left, Chief Nick Tyler, Asst. Chief George Virtue, board members Rob Younger, Larry Johnson and Charlene Adams, and Administrative Assistant Julie Mayfield, discuss business at the board meeting.

Fire Chief Nick Tyler last week told the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District board that the patient transport rate to hospitals during medical calls was 57% in February, a number he is seeking to improve - one that, however, has often been beyond the district's control.

"As a second month went by and we're looking at the 50 to 60% transport rate, it's not because our guys aren't doing the right things," he said at the board's March 21 meeting.

"It's just that people, for whatever reason, are refusing to go (to the hospital) once they call us."

According to Tyler, patients refused tran...

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