Florida’s Nature Coast EMS Must Prove Finances

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — The county is telling Nature Coast EMS to get its finances in order —  or else.

County commissioners voted Thursday to set a deadline to decide if they should suspend the nonprofit’s operating certificate, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

The county first told Nature Coast EMS to make changes after a man had to wait more than 80 minutes for help to arrive. Then the county looked at the company’s finances, staffing and aging equipment.

“You have to make the choices to fix this,” Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith said, directing his comments at Nature Coast board Chairwoman Mary Hedges, according to the report. “You have a Herculean task on your shoulders.”

Dr. Brad Ruben, Nature Coast board member, apologized for the issues. Nature Coast attorney Karen Gaffney said the county isn’t interested in working out a solution, citing the county’s contact with a neighboring EMS provider.

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