County commissioners, city councils may hire EMS consultant

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com

Brown County Commissioners and the city councils of Brownwood, Early and Bangs will consider hiring a consultant to evaluate the EMS system this coming week and develop a request for proposals for EMS providers.

The consultant, Health Care Visions, will also guide the selection of a qualified provider and new EMS contract, according to an agenda item briefing sheet for the Brownwood City Council’s meeting on Tuesday.

The contract for the current EMS provider in the county, Allegiance Ambulance, expires at the end of this year.

Brown County Commissioners will take up the matter of approving a contract between the county and Health Care Visions when commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Monday.

Bangs City Council members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday and will consider the “city portion of EMS consulting services with Brown County,” an agenda items states.

Brownwood City Council members meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and one of their agenda items calls for the consideration of participating with Brown County to hire the consultant.

Early City Council members meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a lengthy agenda including an item to consider “participation with Brown County to hire a consultant to provide bid services for the upcoming EMS contract proposals.”

According to the Brownwood council’s agenda item briefing sheet:

Heatlh Care Visions’ proposal is for a $20,000 fixed fee and expenses not to exceed $5,000. City staff and City Manager Bobby Rountree participated in a discussion with Health Care Visions president Steve Athey along with two county commissioners, Bangs City Administrator Leo Smith and Early City Administrator Tony Aaron.

Last May, Guardian EMS assigned the EMS contract with the county to Allegiance Ambulance, which bought Guardian.