Medical transport service donates to Knox County clinic

Jan 31, 2013
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Dennis Simmons, NEMHS’ Rockport Division Commander, presents the gift to Meredith Batley, executive director of the nonprofit clinic.

Rockport — North East Mobile Health Services, which maintains a base in Rockport, recently presented a $400 check to the Knox County Health Clinic.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Dennis Simmons, NEMHS’ Rockport Division Commander, presented the gift to Meredith Batley, executive director of the nonprofit clinic, which offers free or low-cost medical, dental, mental health and prescription assistance services by volunteer healthcare providers to those who would otherwise be unable to afford these services.

Some 600 to 700 Rockport area patients currently benefit from this primary care practice. The clinic, now in its fourteenth year, receives neither state or federal funding or insurance company payments. It relies instead on contributions from local businesses and individuals to meet its $150,000 annual operating budget.

“The clinic is primarily a volunteer organization, made possible thanks to over a hundred local individuals,” said Batley in a news release. "Gifts such as this donation from North East directly support our patient services,” she explained. “We are most grateful for this generous gift, and we look forward to potential future collaboration with North East as well.”

Rockport is home to one of the six bases of North East Mobile Health Services, an innovative, high-volume Maine provider of out-of-hospital medical and medical transportation services, handling 45,000 emergency and non-emergency calls each year. North East offers lower subsidy alternatives for communities faced with increasing 911 response costs.

From their base on Commercial Street, the Rockport crews provide paramedic back-up to ambulance services, critical care transport to Pen Bay and Waldo County Hospitals, and exclusively serve Maine veterans from the Rockport and Camden area, north and eastward to the Canadian border.

“We recognize the important role that the Knox County Health Clinic continues to play here in the community, and we are pleased to support their efforts,” said Kevin McGinnis, chief of North East Mobile Health Services.

For more information about the Knox County Health Clinic, visit knoxclinic.org.

For more information about NEMHS, visit mobilehealthmedics.pro

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