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Angels Ambulance Closes Doors

Abington service was operating under provisional license


A.J. Bauer | | Monday, August 18, 2008

ABINGTON, Mass. -- Angels Ambulance made its final run on Thursday after the company's owner decided to permanently shut down the Abington-based ambulance service.

Dr. Mazen Eneyni, president and CEO of Angels Healthcare Cos., said on Thursday that his company would be shuttering its ambulance unit later in the day to focus on its other services, which include an Abington neurology practice and other health care-related business ventures.

"We felt we were not excelling in the ambulance portion of our business," Eneyni said. "We wanted to concentrate on the other businesses that we are excelling at."

The closure follows a decision by state officials in May to issue the service a provisional license after routine inspections found that the company failed to keep an adequate stock of supplies and failed to properly maintain its eight-ambulance fleet.

Under the provisional license, Angels was required to undergo increased inspections and was expected to apply for relicensing by the end of October. It was the first time the service had been issued a provisional license since its inception in 2005.

Donna Rheaume, a spokeswoman for the the state Office of Emergency Medical Services, said the office was notified of Angels' decision to close on Wednesday afternoon. She said the office conducted a "closure inspection" Thursday to ensure the closure would have no impact on local emergency services.

"Angels Ambulance does not provide emergency services to the community in which they operate," Rheaume said. "Therefore, this action will not impact emergency services in the community."

Two employees who declined to be identified said as many as 80 employees could be affected by the closure, but Eneyni disputed that figure, saying only "a handful" of employees - most of them part-time - would lose their jobs.

Eneyni said the company had undergone two rounds of downsizing in the last two months as part of attempts to ready the business for the relicensing process.

Under the provisional license, Angels was required to undergo increased inspections and was expected to apply for relicensing by the end of October.

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