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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Beth Israel rolls out in-house ambulance service

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center rolled out its own ambulance service today with two vehicles to transport patients between its east and west campuses and from its hospital in Needham to the downtown medical center. A $250,000 gift from Robert and Carol Mayer of Chestnut Hill will pay for launching the service.

Beth Israel sends patients on 6,000 trips a year, just between its two campuses along Brookline Avenue, in "often complicated and costly transfers," the hospital said.

Most of the transfers -- 93 percent -- are to move patients to beds and the rest are for procedures and tests, hospital spokesman Jerry Berger said. The cost comes to more than $1 million a year.

Ambulance staff will be trained by Beth Israel and Cataldo Ambulance, and a dispatcher will work in the hospitalís emergency department, Dr. Mark Zeidel, chair of medicine, said in a hospital statement.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 04:42 PM
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