March 2004


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"Joseph G. Thibault" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 30 Mar 2004 21:18:30 -0500
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Since 1972, the University of Vermont Rescue Squad has been providing high
quality emergency medical care to the University of Vermont, the city of South
Burlington, Interstates 189 and parts of 89.  We also respond to many other
parts of Vermont as part of a district wide mutual aid agreement.

UVM Rescue is comprised of full-time and part-time students who volunteer their
time to provide top notch services to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year.  Our members are trained to the highest certification attainable in our
district, requiring our members to devote countless hours to training and
enhancing their knowledge of the EMS system.  UVM Rescue is one of the few
collegiate ambulance services to provide pre-hospital care at such an advance
level and to such a large population.

More than simple providing and ambulance service, UVM Rescue also offers
community CPR classes, medical coverage at University events and Community
functions such as Vermont Expos Games and Special Olympics.

Providing the UVM community with such a high level of care requires
knowledgeable and dedicated personnel, but it also requires financial support.

Historically, UVM Rescue has solicited donations for a portion of the necessary
funds required to operate its ambulance service.  Due to increasing costs of
medical supplies and other operational expenditures, we have made the decision
to begin billing our patients for our services beginning on April 1, 2004.

UVM Rescue is proud to be one of the last ambulance services to make the
transition to billing.  As part of the mutual response plan, any person picked
up by an ambulance other than UVM Rescue will receive a bill for services
provided.  Many health insurance plans will cover the cost of ambulance
transports in their premiums.  Because of these facts; the decision to bill is
the next logical step towards advancing UVM Rescue’s policies to coincide with
the rest of the district.

So what does this mean to students?  If you receive a medical bill from an
ambulance for services provided please call 656-4287.  As a student you are not
obligated to pay for an ambulance transport out of pocket, but your insurance
company will be billed.

If you are interested in learning more about UVM Rescue don’t hesitate to call,
or visit us out on the web:  www.uvm.edu/~rescue or email us at [log in to unmask]