MedCorp Abruptly Ends Operations, Lays Off Employees

Service abruptly closed shop without notice or explanation


 
 

The Columbus Dispatch | | Monday, December 9, 2013


MedCorp emergency services, a Toledo-based ambulance service that also did business in Columbus, abruptly closed its operations Friday evening.

FirstMed locked its doors and garages at its Columbus facility without notice or explanation Friday night, said an employee who asked not to be identified.

The employee said the company employed about 60 full- and part-time workers in Columbus and held contracts to work at Columbus entertainment venues. FirstMed also provided transport services for many area nursing homes, the employee said.

There was no answer at the company's Columbus telephone number.

An operator answering MedCorp's administration line Saturday morning in Toledo said she was taking calls "and advising that we are no longer in business." She said she would forward inquiries to a company official, but an operator who answered the phone several hours later declined to identify herself and said the company had no comment.

"At this point, I am not allowed to give ... any information," the operator said.

MedCorp filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011. The same year, it was acquired by First Med EMS, based in Wilmington, N.C., according to First Med's website.

Calls and an email to a First Med spokesman were not returned, and the company's website was down for maintenance Saturday.

Several MedCorp employees who worked at its sites in both Toledo and Columbus said they were told Friday night not to report to work. The employees spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they feared their final paychecks might be withheld or that they would suffer other retaliation for speaking with reporters.

The company is no longer operating its Toledo ambulance and ambulette services, employees said, but it was unclear how many people had lost their jobs.

In 2011, MedCorp had more than 200 employees in Toledo.

MedCorp announced in March it would close its Findlay operation and move equipment and employees to other northwestern Ohio bases after the city of Findlay said it planned to negotiate with another emergency-services company to respond to 911 calls.

Mobile Category: 
News


Related Links:


Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, MedCorp, layoff

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Four Killed in New Mexico Medical Plane Crash

Crash near fairgrounds claims patient and crew of three.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Texas Ambulance Involved in Crash

Odessa ambulance and car collide during response.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Las Vegas Fire, AMR Reach New Deal

Tentative agreement reached over ambulance calls.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Fire Damages Several Homes in California Earthquake

Four homes destroyed and others damaged after quake rattles Napa.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Mexico Air Ambulance Crash

NTSB investigates crash that killed four.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.? Scranton

JEMS Editor-in-Chief visits his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Over 100 Injured in California Earthquake

172 patients treated at Napa hospital after 6.0-magnitude earthquake.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >