14 Sep Josh Watts, MedTrust CEO & Co-Founder: Statement on Hurricane Florence Operations

Josh Watts, CEO and Co-Founder of MedTrust:

“Over a three-day period, MedTrust’s employees and its mutual aid ground ambulance partners transported more than 1,100 patients, from ambulatory to critical care, via ground or air, from four health systems and more than 12 healthcare facilities.

We would like to thank our employees, both those working in our vehicle fleet and in our Emergency Operations Center. Together, they coordinated evacuations and medical transports, communicating with our healthcare facility partners, to determine how many patients needed assistance, in what fashion, and how best to transport them in a timely manner in compliance with the evacuation order.

We recognize that, in helping us transport these patients, our employees were pulled away from their families during a very stressful period. It is incredibly humbling to lead and serve alongside our amazing staff!

MedTrust deployed more than 100 ground vehicles, including ambulances, wheelchair vans and buses. In addition to our own fleet, we secured resources from five other states, including New Jersey, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia and Texas, and other regions of South Carolina. Thanks to our partners:

  • On-Time (NJ)
  • Knoxville EMS (TN)
  • Johnson City EMS (TN)
  • Heartland (IN)
  • SouthStar Ambulance (GA)
  • United (GA)
  • Signature (GA)
  • Lone Star (TX)
  • American TransMed (SC)
  • Shoreline Medical Transport (SC)
  • Thorne Ambulance (SC)
  • Medic of SC (SC)
  • Heartline (SC)
  • Freedom First (SC)
  • Capital City (SC)
  • First Priority (SC)
  • AMS (SC)
  • Greenville Health System, Greenville and Oconee Division (SC)
  • Spartanburg Regional Medical Center (SC)

We also received support from municipal and country services, in particular by providing AmBuses:

  • Lexington County EMS
  • Columbia Fire Department
  • Spartanburg EMS
  • Richland County EMS
  • Knoxville TN, EMS
  • Johnson City, TN EMS

 

Finally, MedTrust would like to thank our local hospital and other healthcare facility partners for assisting us in our coordinated effort to transport their patients.

We encourage everyone to find shelter and exercise caution during the duration of the storm event.”