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On Monday, Aug. 6, Geisinger welcomed 57 employees of the Berwick Area Ambulance Association (BAAA) into the Geisinger family. The merger with Geisinger’s West Shore Advanced Life Support Services, Inc., which includes Danville Ambulance Service and Holy Spirit EMS–a Geisinger affiliate, was announced in February and approved by the Attorney General in the spring. A luncheon was held at Rolling Pines to celebrate the completion of the merger.
Under the agreement, Berwick Area Ambulance will continue its current mission and services. Operations in Berwick and the areas served by its satellite stations will continue unchanged, and the team will continue its active relationships and linkages with regional hospitals, nursing homes, EMS, police, fire and all others involved in the healthcare and protection of the community. Geisinger will provide medical direction.
The association operates eight ambulances, three wheelchair vans, one utility vehicle and one special event trailer. Services offered include emergency medical services, non-emergency medical services, Advanced Life Support (ALS), Basic Life Support (BLS), routine medical transportation and EMS billing services.