By: Norren Cochran
Health care in south Fulton just got a shot in the arm.
Greenwood Village, Colorado-based American Medical Response recently opened a 36,000-square-foot headquarters facility in College Park to fanfare from public safety, government and business officials.
Its open house attracted Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, College Park Mayor Jack P. Longino, Airport Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmelita Scott, business owners, health care professionals and residents.
During the event, paramedics and emergency medical technicians demonstrated technology like nasal atomizers for opioid overdoses.
“AMR interacts with a patient every two minutes in the metro area. If you need them, they will be there and they will be swift. They will be there to handle your needs,” Scott said at the event.
Formerly known as Rural Metro in Fulton County, the Envision Healthcare division provides medical transportation services across the U.S. and is a Federal Emergency Management Agency contractor, according to the parent company’s website.
Nationwide, it employs more than 25,000 doctors, paramedics, EMTs and registered nurses, has more than 6,600 ambulances and transported 4.4 million patients nationwide last year.
College Park EMS Director Ron Taylor said the national company has a community focus benefiting local residents.
“AMR employs 750 people in the metro area. They own the largest fleet of ambulances in America with 120 of them here in the metro area,” he said.
The company is in the process of hiring more paramedics and EMTs to serve Fulton and DeKalb counties.
Company Vice President of Operations Steve Youd said at the event that “best in the nation” employees complement the health care and safety efforts of city and county governments and their public safety agencies.
Georgia Regional Director Kenneth Simpson agreed.
“Our county and municipal partners are an integral part of our daily service,” he said. “We all cooperate to provide essential, high-quality public safety and health care services.”