Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has formed a singular Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organization called Lehigh Valley Health Network–Emergency Medical Services (LVHN–EMS).
LVHN–EMS will be comprised of West End Community Ambulance Association (WECAA) in Effort, the former American Patient Transport System (APTS) in Hazleton, and LVHN–MedEvac in Lehigh County as of Jan. 1., according to a LVHN statement.
All three entities will retain the same staff and continue to provide the same services from the same locations throughout Luzerne, Monroe and Lehigh counties and surrounding communities with a new branding. This includes resources such as CPR training and standby services for special events.
Bob Begliomini, senior vice president, LVHN, said the transition will allow the network to expand the services and resources for both the employees of each location and the communities they serve. “Under LVHN–EMS, we plan to bolster our facilities’ existing capabilities while still allowing them to maintain the hometown feel they have always had.
“This will be a smooth transition, as all three entities have always prided themselves on providing the highest quality care to our patients, and that will remain our priority,” he said.