(10/19/2013)
The Calhoun Commission continues to express concerns regarding the defunct Calhoun Emergency Medical Service, the sale of their assets, the collection of money owed the agency and the payment to their creditors.

The commission has sent yet another request by certified mail regarding accountability to Patty Wilmoth, board president, and Charleston law firm Ciccarello, Del Giudice and LaFon, that Calhoun EMS says represents them.

The commission says they are not clear about the scope of the law firms oversight.

"I think it's best for the former emergency medical services, commissioners and the county to have all questions answered so that we can finally have everything settled with the old EMS, so we can look toward improving the current service," said commission president Kevin Helmick.

Commissioner Westfall said, "Calhoun taxpayers are owed an explanation of what has become of public money and assets."

Commissioner Bob Weaver said much of the money owed the former EMS is government funds, Medicaid and Medicare, and it appears that at least one ambulance had been funded through a federal agency, with money reportedly still owed on the vehicle.

"So far, all we've heard is unconfirmed reports, some negative, about the sale and collection of assets," said Weaver.

The ambulance service benefited from levy money provided by county taxpayers.

A scathing audit by the state's EMS Technical Support Network said that Calhoun Emergency Ambulance Service had a large debt load, creditors wanting to be paid for services, ambulances not working and needing replaced, with the revelation of critical management problems for several years.

Calhoun EMS maintained during several public meetings that the Calhoun Commission had no oversight over the agency, the commission attempting to obtain financial records since 2010.

The commission has been advised by Prosecutor Shannon Johnson that if accountability is not forthcoming, the commission should ask the WV State Police to investigate the matter.

The ambulance service is now being provided by Minnie Hamilton Health Services, who issues monthly reports.

See CO. COMMISSION DEALING WITH AMBULANCE ISSUES - Calhoun EMS Denies Financial Problems Saying "It's Just Politics"


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