Over 24,000 EMS Calls in Fort Bend County, Texas and Only One Private Ambulance Provider - Ventura EMS Aims to Help Better Serve the Community

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Fort Bend County, Texas cannot handle the 24,000+ calls for ambulance service annually. The County budget is stretched thin and the many 911 calls place an unnecessary burden on the County offices. Furthermore, the County is currently only serviced by one private ambulance provider. The county needs additional private ambulance companies to help relieve the burden of both the citizens and county officials.

Fort Bend County, Texas suffers from a dire lack of sufficient ambulance transportation services. According to the latest available Fort Bend County Community Health Status Assessment(1), there are well over 24,000 calls placed for medical transportation within Fort Bend County annually. Within the report, the author's Key Informants and Focus Group labeled community access to medical transportation as the number 1 and 2 problems facing the Fort Bend County Community, respectively. Additionally, the county is seeing a steep increase in its elderly population; according to the latest demographic data(2) for the county, 6.5% of the population is aged 65 and over - totaling approximately 38,000 of its citizens. To deal with the rising elderly population and sheer volume of calls, Fort Bend County needs more than the one private ambulance provider currently servicing the needs of the Community.

Recognizing that Fort Bend County requires courteous and professional service, Keith Shelley, CEO, Ventura EMS and 9-year industry veteran, has formed a partnership with Fort Bend County 911 emergency volunteers, Valerie Cox and David Cox. Both Valerie Cox and David Cox are local Fort Bend County residents and bring multiple years of 911 emergency experience, as well as valuable private ambulance know-how and industry expertise. Due to the locality of the Ventura EMS station, response rates to medical calls are mere minutes, as compared to the, at times, lumbering response times presently running throughout the county.

Ventura EMS specializes in both ALS and BLS services; additionally, Ventura EMS effectively services nursing home facilities, adult day care facilities, retirement communities, physical therapy clinics, dialysis clinics, hospital networks, special community events, as well as serving the general population in need of ambulance transportation.

Keith Shelley, CEO, Ventura EMS states, "For too long, the people of Fort Bend County have been neglected of the finest in private ambulance care. All the while, the County, and its numerous health care facilities, have had to bear the burden of slow response rates and backlogged calls. Ventura EMS, in conjunction with our dedicated team of 911 emergency veterans Valerie Cox and David Cox, aim to enhance the service to the Fort Bend County Community with courteous, well educated, compassionate, and above all, professional technicians. Fort Bend County deserves the very best in a medical transportation company and serving the Community is the thrust upon which Ventura EMS has been built."

About Ventura EMS
Ventura EMS is comprehensive full-service ambulance Transportation Company providing high quality medical transport for patients in the Greater Houston Area. At Ventura EMS, the needs of the patient come first and foremost. Ventura EMS is dedicated to serving the medical transport needs of the Greater Houston Area Community. Functioning as both an ALS and BLS provider, Ventura EMS has the means to respond to any type of call where medical transportation is a necessity. Our trained, educated and professional staff is at ready attention to satisfy the needs of both patients and administrators to ensure a safe and courteous medical transport. At a time of great anxiety, patients and administrators alike can count on Ventura EMS to deliver consistent, compassionate results.

1. http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/upload/images/budget_office/2007_budget/by_department/Emergency_Medical_Service.pdf

2. U.S. Census Bureau; http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/48157.html

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