NORWICH – Aside from the gap in coverage created when Superior Ambulance pulled out of Chenango County, Cooperstown Medical Transport (CMT) also plans to fill the one-time EMS provider’s old space, too.
Margaret McGowan, CMT’s chief financial officer, confirmed Friday that her company has rented Superior’s Norwich station on East River Road near Woods Corners.
CMT expects to move into Superior’s garage shortly after Jan. 1; however, ambulances can’t start running full-time from that location until the building receives regulatory approval from the state Department of Health, said McGowan. That review could take several weeks or longer.
“We wanted approval yesterday,” McGowan said. “But this is just how the system works.”
CMT squads covering Chenango County are currently operating out of Sidney and Oneonta using a temporary emergency permit.
The company expects to be recommended for a permanent “Certificate of Need” (CON) – a permit all emergency services providers must have in order to legally expand their coverage into a jurisdiction – by the Southern Tier Regional EMS council in Binghamton Jan. 10. Based on that recommendation, the state Department of Health would then have 30 days to issue or deny the CON.