Misconceptions About This Agreement

Springfield Ambulance Corps does not have a lease and is squatting in a Township building, the recipient of free rent and utilities at taxpayer expense.

This is false. Springfield Ambulance Corps owned our own land and building. In 1963, the Corps donated the land and building to Springfield Township in exchange for a 99 year lease. The new Ambulance Corps and Fire Company Building was provided for in a lease addendum, signed in 1990. The lease, signed in 1963, and an addendum to that lease, which was signed in 1990, can be found here:
Original lease, signed in 1963
Lease addendum, signed in 1990

The addition of the new unit will have no impact on existing billing procedures or costs for ambulance transport, which is typically covered by residents’ respective health insurance plans.

This is false. Springfield Ambulance Corps runs an annual membership drive asking for donations of $25 or more. Residents who have made a donation are considered "subscribing members" of Springfield Ambulance Corps, and are not required to pay any additional fees incurred by their insurance provider. This includes any copayment and/or a deductible amount. When Crozer-Keystone Health System becomes the primary transport unit in Springfield Township on January 1st, 2014, residents will be billed for their copayment and deductible, whether or not they are subscribing members of Springfield Ambulance Corps. Crozer-Keystone Health System is prevented by law from forgiving these fees, and will send them to a collection agency if they are not paid.

Entering this agreement with Crozer-Keystone Health System serves to improve Springfield Township's emergency medical system, at no cost to the Township.

Springfield Township may not be paying out of pocket for Crozer-Keystone Health System's services at this time, but Township residents will see many services haulted as Springfield Ambulance Corps will not have the revenue to continue providing them free of charge. Springfield Ambulance Corps has provided free CPR and First Aid training to any interested resident of Springfield Township. Springfield Ambulance Corps has donated AEDs to Springfield Township schools, churches, and police cruisers at absolutely no cost. Springfield Ambulance Corps provides oxygen bottles for Springfield Township's police cruisers at absolutely no cost. Will Crozer-Keystone Health System continue these services with the money they receive from Springfield residents?

This move enhances emergency medical response within the township, making the system better for Springfield residents.

As part of this agreement, the new Crozer-Keystone Health System response unit will not respond to calls outside of Springfield Township and on the Blue Route (Interstate 476). When surrounding municipalities have their ambulances tied up on other calls, Springfield Ambulance Corps is dispatched to any additional emergencies in their local area. Respectively, when Springfield Ambulance Corps is busy on a call and cannot respond to an emergency in town, those other municipalities will send one of their ambulances to cover the Springfield emergency. If the Crozer-Keystone Health System ambulance is prohibited from responding outside of Springfield, Springfield's bordering municipalities will have no choice but to do the same. Sprinfield Township will drop from having 10 or more ambulance providers down to only 2.

The new agreement will get an ambulance to destinations in Springfield faster than before.

All medical emergencies in Springfield have an ambulance and a paramedic dispatched to their location. Currently, the ambulance is provided by Springfield Ambulance Corps, located at the intersection of Saxer Avenue and Powell Road. Paramedic service is provided by a Crozer-Keystone Health System SUV at Springfield Hospital, located at the intersection of W Sproul Road and W Thompson Avenue. Responding from two different locations, the current system minimizes the amount of time between a 911 call and a medical provider arriving on the scene. With a single unit responding from a single location in town, the new agreement will increase the response time for a large portion of Springfield Township.
Additionally, if during a medical transport another resident in Springfield Township were to have a medical emergency, the paramedic could leave the current patient in the care of Springfield Ambulance Corps and respond to the second emergency. On January 1st, 2014, both the EMT and paramedic will be responding in the same vehicle and will only be able to respond to one call at a time.