SHERBURNE – Representatives from Cooperstown Medical Transit attended Tuesday night’s Village of Sherburne board meeting to discuss how they could assist the village’s ambulance service. The village has been discussing options for starting a revenue recovery system that could eventually allow them to add some part-time paid help to cover times when volunteer response is at its lowest.
Margaret McGown, chief financial officer for CMT, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zeek attended Tuesday’s meeting to inform the board about CMT and the services the ambulance provider can offer the village. McGown explained that CMT has been in business for 28 years and currently offers service in Delaware, Otsego and Chenango counties. “In Delaware, we cover more than 50 percent of their 911 calls,” McGown said.
In Chenango County, McGown estimates CMT responded to approximately 1,496 calls in 2008. The commercial ambulance service has one ambulance that is dedicated to Chenango County 24 hours a day, seven days a week; however, McGown explained as one ambulance responds to a call, another will come into the area to back-fill the post. “We use system status management. We’ve had as many as five trucks here at one period of time,” McGown said. “We go where we need to go within the three counties.”