Denver, Colorado 2021-07-25 08:00:55 –
Clay Trebenen, who had just finished his 24-hour shift, had breakfast at Craig’s restaurant on Sunday morning. At that time, I received the following text. Can anyone help bring the patient to Glenwood Springs?
The 51-year-old called his wife, who promised to spend the day.
“She said,’Are you going?'” Trebenen said. “I said,’If I don’t, it won’t happen.'”
This is the only holiday.
In Moffat County, this is a way for locals to find a way to go to the hospital in an emergency, leaving extra shifts to emergency medical services (EMS) workers like Trebenen. The EMS crew is underfunded due to low repayment rates from Medicare and Medicaid patients and a shortage of staff due to lack of sufficient funding.
Without voter intervention, EMS services in northwestern Colorado counties could disappear altogether, and EMS leaders warned that other local sectors in Colorado, and the entire United States, could follow suit. I am. Some have already shut down.
Full story by Alex Burness, Denver Post
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