Ambulance provider set to begin April 1

If all goes smoothly, the new ambulance service for the county should slip into place without incident next month.
Williston Rescue Squad announced last week it will be closing its doors at midnight March 31. A new EMS provider, MedShore Ambulance Service, is set to takeover April 1 and will be contracted with Southern Palmetto Hospital.
MedShore originated in Anderson in the late 1970s and is operated by Greg Shore. The CEO told The People-Sentinel last week his company serves communities across the state and has 300 employees and 78 ambulances.
MedShore put in a bid to the hospital - after it was sold to a private company - in 2013 to be the EMS provider for the county, Shore said, but nothing came of it after the county decided to continue paying WRS on a month-to-month basis. In February, WRS officials told county council the company was struggling financially and might not be able to stay open. Southern Palmetto Hospital, once notified of the situation with WRS, got back in touch with MedShore about coming to Barnwell County.
Shore said his company will work with WRS in the transition and will likely hire some current WRS EMTs and paramedics to stay on in the county. Shore also said MedShore will bring its own equipment to the county but may purchase WRS assets and property.
MedShore will have four 24-hour stations in the county with an ambulance at each one and a couple of non-emergency vehicles in operation too, Shore said. There will be protocols in place to determine where an emergency patient is taken - whether it's to Southern Palmetto Hospital or somewhere else - to ensure they get the appropriate care, he said. But, he added, patients will always have the choice on where they go.
Shore said there will be a partnership between MedShore, the hospital and the county to provide good, quality care for the residents of Barnwell County.