Created on Friday, 25 January 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Macochee Joint Ambulance District response areas in Champaign County were negotiated between the district board and the trustees of Harrison and Salem Townships, finalizing all parts of the response boundary for Macochee EMS within both Champaign and Logan counties.
The trustees of Harrison and Salem Townships declined to formally join the Macochee Joint Ambulance District, opting instead to maintain a contract coverage arrangement. Newly negotiated contracts are based on a combination of direct payments from the townships combined with increased patient billing rates. The contracts are designed to provide annual revenue from the contract coverage areas that will approximate that generated from the levy-paying areas of the district.
This grapic shows the recently finalized response area of the Macochee Joint Ambulance District.
GRAPIC | MACOCHEE JOINT AMBULANCE DISTRICT
The new Macochee EMS coverage area totals 89.6 square miles with an estimated population of 6,400 residents. This represents a reduction of 27 percent in coverage area and 19 percent in population over the old response area.
• Concord Township: Macochee EMS no longer provides service to Concord Township. Areas previously covered by Macochee EMS are now covered by the City of Urbana.
• Harrison Township: Macochee EMS covers all addresses on State Route 245 to the east of the stop sign in Springhills, and covers all areas to the north of S.R. 245 and east of Springhills. Macochee EMS also covers all areas to the east of Wesley Chapel Road, but not including addresses on that road. Areas formerly covered by Macochee EMS are now covered by Rosewood.
• Salem Township: Macochee EMS provides coverage for the northern third of the township, southward to Lippincott Road, Short Game Farm Road, Sibley Road, Kennard-Kingscreek Road and Flatfoot Road (but not including addresses on these roads). Coverage includes all addresses in the Kennard community. The City of Urbana provides coverage to areas no longer protected by Macochee EMS.
Macochee EMS began its levy-funded, 24/7 staffing plan on Jan. 1, providing improved response times and quality of care to residents of the coverage area. Public district board meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the West Liberty town hall.