Monday, January 25, 2010

Southwest Michigan ambulance service merger to create jobs

Kalamazoo — A merger between Pride Care Ambulance and Coloma EMS (CEMS Medical Transport) may create new jobs, reports the South Bend Tribune.

The new Kalamazoo-based company—Pride Care—will become the largest ambulance provider in southwest Michigan and will serve Van Buren, Barry and Kalamazoo counties.

Brian Balow, Pride Care chairman and chief executive, told the South Bend Tribune there will not be changes at the top management and supervisory levels.

However, he did say the company plans to hire additional emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

Plans for the two companies to merge were finalized Jan. 15, after an 18-month exploratory phase.

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