Last updated: July 17. 2013 5:36PM - 174 Views
Valerie J. Carpenter
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Dear Editor,
The following letter is in response to your article that appeared in Feb. 28, 2007 edition titled "Hubbard no longer leader of the Boone County Ambulance."
While you were NOT getting involved, you have permitted a self-serving, out-of-control County Commissioner and his carefully selected pawns (BCAA board members) to set your ambulance service back ten to fifteen years. Only the mentality of these few would want (in one board members words) to change the direction of an ambulance service that was rated as one of the top three ambulance services in the state, receiving numerous awards for outstanding service. Terminating the Director and causing the Assistant Director to resign is one way to change the direction, but which direction are they going? The Commissioner can say he was not involved, but when a month before he says on the record three times at the BCAA meeting he was going to get the Director, not much more evidence is needed to prove he is being less than truthful.
Shame on the other two commissioners who have stood silent allowing this to happen. They cannot say they were not aware of what was happening when more than one of their board appointments resigned after attending only a few board meetings before deciding they wanted nothing to do with this board, controlled by two or three extremist members. At least one of the same board members has told BCAA employees they can disobey the law banning smoking in the stations and they don’t need to seek permission to go to restaurants and other places, as has been required in the past several years. This may not seem like that big a deal until you need an ambulance and nobody knows their location. I hope it is not my family that needs an ambulance whose crew is responsible to no one.
Most of you remember the type of ambulance service available as little as ten years ago when equipment was so old it constantly broke down and more than one employee refused to respond on calls and got away with it. This will surely return without the leadership that has made it one of the best in the state. At the January meeting, the board members of the BCAA took control. (I guess they thought that being one of the BEST was not good enough.) After taking control, the board placed an employee in a position of authority who had previously been suspended for not filling out medical forms mandated by law. Allegedly the same employee was disciplined for an admitted inappropriate relationship with another BCAA employee.
I am told there is more to tell about this employee, but I will save that for another time. (What kind of "change of direction" is that?) Do not forget that the next 911 call for an ambulance may be for you or a loved one and, if there is no highly trained Paramedic
available to administer emergency stabilizing care on the scene, you may only receive expensive transportation to the ER. This criticism is in no way directed towards the many emergency services personnel that have and will continue to provide quality service to the citizens of Boone County, only to the few employees that want to go back to the way it was with little or no supervision.
If you value excellent ambulance service, then GET INVOLVED and demand accountability from your elected officials.
Nicole Hodges
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