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Jersey City’s EMS Contract Controversy

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Hudson County politics may be back to their old ways. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is in the middle of a controversy involving the city’s ambulance contract.

Earlier this year, Jersey City put out a bid for new EMS contractors for the city. Two companies responded: Jersey City Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital which has served Jersey City for 130 years, and CarePoint/McCabe Ambulances, which is connected with the for-profit CarePoint Hospitals.

Both companies have offered to do EMS services at $0 cost to the city, but CarePoint/McCabe has also offered to reimburse the city $2.6 million for first responder costs and several other cost incentives.

In a side by side comparison of the two providers, with information from the proposals, you see: JCMC handles 90,000 calls per year compared to CarePoint/McCabes who only handles 26,000. In addition, JCMC has been around nearly 100 years longer than CarePoint/McCabe and also takes an average of 2 minutes less to respond to medical emergencies than the younger organization. On average, the response time of JCMC is 6-minutes compared to CarePoint/McCabe’s reputation of fielding 90% of priority 1 calls in under 8 minutes.

So the question remains, is this about quality of service or the city’s budget?

Both proposals were reviewed by a committee and the mayor put his full weight behind CarePoint/McCabe, saying in a statement to Chasing New Jersey:

“Saving taxpayer dollars while improving public safety and public health is a priority for our administration. The winning ambulance provider will do both – by reimbursing the city its costs to provide first responder services and by offering patients the option to.”

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