NORTH MANCHESTER — On Wednesday, Sept. 28, representatives from Parkview Health, representatives from LifeMed EMS, public safety leaders from Kosciusko and Wabash Counties and elected officials from Kosciusko and Wabash Counties gathered at the North Manchester Department of Public Safety building to hear Parkview Health announce acquisition and EMS service expansion.
Beginning Oct. 1, Parkview Health Emergency Medical Services will expand its service reach to southern Kosciusko and northern Wabash counties. Upon acquiring LifeMed EMS, Parkview will provide paramedic-staffed, 911 dispatched ambulances 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round, with ambulances stationed in North Manchester and Silver Lake. A third non-emergency transport ambulance will also be available.
“Parkview is committed to providing excellent care in all the areas we serve, and we are pleased to extend our services to northern Wabash and southern Kosciusko counties,” said Dan Garman, Senior Vice President of pre-hospital and emergency responders in these communities.”
Upon completion of the acquisition, Parkview will be the sole operator of 911-dispatched ambulances for North Manchester and Chester and Pleasant Townships in Wabash County, as well as Silver Lake and Sidney. Parkview will also support Lake, Jackson and Seward Townships in Kosciusko County. Paramedic intercept services are also offered to parts of Seward and Franklin Townships in Kosciusko County. In addition to emergency services, Parkview will provide non-emergency stretcher transportation and hospital-to-hospital transfers for several area medical facilities.
LifeMed was certified by the Indiana EMS Commission on Feb. 14, 1985. On Feb. 17, 1993, they were certified as Wabash County’s first paramedic ambulance service.