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Council delays decision on Medic 2 funding

November 04, 2003|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council decided to put on hold a request for funding from Medic 2, Advanced Life Support.

Ron Face Jr., president of Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support Inc.'s board of directors, made a presentation to the council Monday night, asking for $1 per person residing in the borough to support Medic 2. He said that while there is no fiscal crisis, there is a $100,000 annual deficit for each of the next five years. The organization recently reduced its expenses by $40,000 by not having a driver on the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

A municipality that Face did not name has pledged $2 per resident to support Medic 2, which amounts to $25,000, he said.

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Council Vice President Harold Duffey said he believes in the Medic 2 organization.

"My father is alive today because of your unit," he said, "but we have to look at the dollars and cents. We committed a dollar amount, and what you are asking amounts to a 100 percent increase."

Face said the group receives most of its money from Medicare, which will be decreasing payments to recipients of Advanced Life Support.

"We need assistance for fiscal viability," he said.

Doug Burkholder, treasurer of Advanced Life Support, said response to billing is "relatively low, as with all medical organizations."

Council President Barbara Bock said the council would make a decision later after looking at the new budget.

Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support answered 685 calls in the year ending Friday, with 237 of them in the borough of Greencastle, Face said.

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