Perry Cameron has tendered his resignation with the Hancock County Board. The board had given him a week to resign from his position as ambulance coordinator or be fired.
The board was unhappy with progress the district has made in solving a number of problems. These range from sloppy paperwork to crew members who are not keeping up with their required continuing education.
Hancock County's ambulance service has been operating under a “Plan of Corrections” since January to address the problems.
Hancock County's ambulance coordinator says patients are receiving quality care on their way to the hospital.
Perry Cameron admits the district has had a number of problems. At times, crews have not properly checked to make sure their ambulances are properly equipped. Some paperwork has been incompletely filled out. He says those problems obscure the quality of care patients are getting.
Ambulance crews in Hancock County are still suffering too many mistakes despite operating under a “Plan of Corrections” for months to address them.
The Blessing Hospital EMS Director says that must stop.
Dr. Kelly Cox oversees ambulance services in Hancock, Adams, Brown and Pike counties. He has considerable latitude under state law to remedy the situation. He can suspend the licenses of EMTs who are not doing the job well. He could even suspend the county-wide service. He could also suggest the Illinois Department of Public Health issue fines.