Penn State Health and Susquehanna Valley Emergency Medical Services (SVEMS) announced they have signed a letter of intent for the company to join Penn State Health. SVEMS stations and their staff, including emergency medical technicians and paramedics, will join Penn State Health this summer.
The partnership will allow first responders to offer patients enhanced access to the primary and specialty care of Penn State Health, in coordination with the future Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, as part of Penn State Health Life Lion LLC. Penn State Health Life Lion manages the health system’s prehospital medicine program, in coordination with Life Lion Emergency Medical Services at Penn State Health’s flagship Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. As part of the transition, Penn State Health will honor all subscriptions between community members and SVEMS.
SVEMS has a long history of partnering with other EMS organizations since 2000, when Hempfield Community Ambulance and Columbia Community Ambulance merged to create SVEMS. Since 2000, SVEMS has merged with six other EMS organizations in Lancaster County.
The letter of intent for an agreement between the two organizations — which will take effect this summer — means that the approximately 85 employees of SVEMS will become Penn State Health employees.