Tri-Township, NEMMCA reach an agreement

May 28, 2009
Steve Schulwitz

The Northeast Michigan Medical Control Authority has added a new member to its emergency service ranks - Tri-Township Ambulance Service.

After months of deliberation, Tri-Township and NEMMCA reached an agreement that will allow the ambulance service to provide inter-facility transfers within the governing area of NEMMCA.

In a joint statement released on Thursday both parties announced the Michigan Department of Community Health has approved a life support agency health application that was signed by NEMMCA.

"Tri-Township is pleased that we were able to resolve this issue and to have it behind us," Administrator Dan Albrecht said. "We look forward to servicing the patients in Northeast Michigan while providing them with advanced, compassionate and affordable care."

The dispute began over a difference in interpretation regarding state regulations pertaining to inter-facility transfers.

The Northeast Michigan Medical Control Authority believed the ambulance service from Atlanta, which also is governed by the Otsego Medical Control Authority, could not conduct the transfers unless they began or ended in its home area.

Tri-Township makes similar transfers statewide and also provides support to other control authorities from as far away as Sault Ste. Marie.

A complaint was filed by Tri-Township attorney Orlando Blanco against NEMMCA, Director Deborah Detro-Fisher and Medical Control Director, Dr. Kerwin Farmer. There will be no litigation with this agreement,

"We look forward to working with NEMMCA and the Alpena Regional Medical Center," Albrecht said. "Not only to provide quality patient care, but to also have good continuity between facilities."

The statement said that no monetary consideration was paid to Tri-Township in the matter's resolution.

Attempts to contact Fisher were unsuccessful.

Steve Schulwitz can be reached via e-mail at or by pnone at 358-5689.



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