The following article appeared in the Chilicothe Independent. It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, AMT has no real interest in serving Chillicothe, on the contrary they make it very clear,they are only doing it for the money. While Pekin will be receiving $95,000 FROM AMT for the right to be their sole provider, AMT is requesting Chilicothe give THEM $100,000 as a subsidy for them having to provide a full time ambulance and crew. This of course is on top of the fees they will be charging the people they transport to the hospital.
AMT flat out says Chillicothe isn't worth their time! We aren't enough of a money maker to interest them! REALLY?
For close to 50 years Rescue 33 has done just that without subsidies, or payoffs, or signing bonuses. They have not asked the City of Chillicothe for ONE DIME!
"On Tuesday, June 25, a Peoria-area media source presented information, which revealed that Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) has formally entered into a franchise agreement with the City of Pekin.
The agreement states that AMT will pay $55,000 annually to Pekin in exchange for the right to be the sole provider of medical transport services there. The agreement also states that Pekin will receive a $40,000 signing bonus from AMT - a bonus that the city had to convince AMT to provide in light of the fact that similar signing bonuses had been granted by AMT to other municipalities.
Given that AMT has asked the City of Chillicothe to pay them $100,000 annually to be the sole provider of medical transport services here, the information regarding Pekin's agreement raised some questions. Specifically, why is Chillicothe being asked to pay AMT for the same services that AMT is paying Pekin to allow them to provide?
Chillicothe Mayor Doug Crew made contact with AMT with respect to this question and was told that the difference in cost stems from differences between the business environments in Pekin and Chillicothe.
He explained AMT's rationale as follows:
"In addition to the City of Pekin, AMT services Manito, North Pekin, South Pekin, Green Valley and Marquette Heights. AMT makes about 5,000 calls per year in that service area (compared to a projected 621 annually in Chillicothe)." In addition, "Pekin has its own hospital which provides more business opportunity for AMT. There also are more nursing homes in that market." In general, "Pekin provides a much greater business opportunity for AMT and they have entered into an agreement that essentially recognizes that. Locally we simply can't duplicate the numbers - Population, calls, revenue, etc. "
In an interview with the Chillicothe Independent, AMT's Chief Financial Officer Jerry Kolb stated that "The reality of the whole thing is the quantity of transports and the resulting revenue [in Chillicothe] doesn't even begin to pay for the service."
Constantly having at least one ambulance on standby here in town is a fixed cost that AMT would not otherwise have to pay, and the call volume does not support that cost on its own. However, Kolb also stated that Chillicothe's proximity to Peoria does allow AMT to provide services for a "significantly" lower annual fee than that which they ask of other more isolated municipalities. "We look to give Chillicothe the best deal possible because its proximity to Peoria makes it easier to deal with," he said."