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Hospital board approves new ambulance purchase

New officers for the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary include, front row (l to r): Shirley Phelps, President; Marj Smith, vice-president; Marlys Johnson, treasurer; and Gloria Strickland, secretary. Second row: Lois David, Jean Holste, Barb Thorson, Pam Ray and Virginia Silbaugh. Rhonda Vinsand, Ann Jergens and Pat Worthington are also board members. The officers were installed Monday at the board's annual meeting. Humboldt Independent photo.

One of the big items of business for the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) Board of Trustees on Monday, was approving the purchase of a new ambulance for the hospital.
HCMH Ambulance Director Mike Sexe reported that the hospital has seen an increase in the number of calls and the amount of activity during the past year.
“We’ve responded to 90 more calls this year than last year, and have logged 4,000 more miles. The number of long-distance transfers we have done is up significantly,” Sexe told the board.
The hospital received three quotes for ambulance units, from Horton for $149,113, Life Line for $136,298, and Wheeled Coach for $133,527.
Sexe said the Life Line unit is heavier and more durable.
The ambulance director recommended the purchase of the Life Line ambulance along with the Stryker brand cot for $11,705.52, and the LifePak monitor for $18,049.65.
The hospital has received approval for a USDA Rural Development Grant in the amount of $27,700.