Who: TransCare Medical Transportation Services (“TransCare”), a division of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, has been approved by the Board of County Commissioners to operate three Advanced Life Support ambulances in Hillsborough County.
Why this is important: With the growing population of our community, the need for medical transportation services within Hillsborough County has increased significantly as well. This certification allows TransCare to provide Advanced Life Support ground Inter-facility transfers and medical stand-by services.
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 7, 2021 – TransCare Medical Transportation Services has been approved by a unanimous vote of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to receive an Advanced Life Support (“ALS”) Certification of Public Convenience and Necessity (“COPCN”).
Previously, there were only two private for-profit ambulance services providing advanced life support inter-facility transports for the fourth largest county by population in the state of Florida. By receiving the ALS COPCN, TransCare will now be able to assist our community’s hospitals and free standing emergency facilities to alleviate transfer delays currently experienced and to transport those patients in need of advanced forms of cardiac monitoring, airway management and medication administration during transfer. In addition to the new ALS services, TransCare will continue to operate and provide the same high quality, basic life support and behavioral health transport services to residents of the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County as it has for more than twenty-five years. There is no change to the County’s 911 emergency services, which will continue to be operated by Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City fire rescue services.
“Being approved to provide Advanced Life Support services in Hillsborough County has been a goal of the Crisis Center and TransCare for many years. To ensure that no one in our community faces crisis alone includes meeting the increased medical needs of those throughout the county. This ALS certification allows us to better fulfill our mission while supporting other medical providers in the area and connecting to Crisis Center services as needed,” says Clara Reynolds, President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
TransCare was originally established in 1982 to provide Baker Act transports for Hillsborough County. In other counties, these transports are often performed in the back of a police car. After several years of providing this service, a Basic Life Support COPCN was granted to TransCare in 1994 to help provide back-up services for the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
TransCare is currently hiring for various positions including paramedics, emergency medical technicians and behavioral health technicians. Career opportunities are listed on the “Careers” page of CrisisCenter.com (https://www.crisiscenter.com/about-us/careers/).
About the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay/TransCare
The mission of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. The organization is the community’s gateway to help, hope, and healing, and is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to over 170,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence based programs designed to meet community needs:
• TransCare (911 emergency and mental health ambulance services, medical van transportation, community paramedicine)
• Corbett Trauma Center (trauma counseling and sexual assault survivor services)
• Gateway Contact Center (211: suicide prevention, crisis counseling, and information and referral services)
For more information about the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, please visit www.crisiscenter.com
Media Contact: Ken Gibson
TransCare/Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
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