Not Yet Known How Widespread The Shutdown Reaches
UPDATE, 5:30 PM – The shutdown is apparently systemwide. Scroll down for the update.
SEVERAL HUNDRED, AND PERHAPS as many as 4,000 EMS employees in Ohio are being given pink slips this weekend as MedCorp Emergency Services has begun shutting down offices and services through the state.
MedCorp and one of their subsidiaries Life Ambulance abruptly called their respective dispatch centers Friday and notified them that they would cease answering emergency calls effective immediately. Then their employees were called to work for a meeting where they were all dismissed after being told that the firms were "out of money" and were now shut down, out of business as of 8 pm Friday.
MedCorp had filed for bankruptcy back in 2011 and apparently never came out of it. Altogether they operated from more than 20 bases not just in small towns, but also in Toledo and Columbus. The Toledo office alone had about 245 employees.
There are unconfirmed reports that employees in Columbus and several other smaller units have been dismissed as well. Reliable reports and numbers from the company are scarce and news agencies are unable to verify most claims during the weekend. Nobody is answering their phones.
MedCorp is a wholly-owned unit of FirstMed EMS based in Wilmington, North Carolina, with 70 offices in six states. Some of their units operate emergency services, but most of them are primarily transport service. Currently their website is also out of service leading to speculation that the entire umbrella organization is in extreme difficulty.
Firegeezer will attempt to update this unfolding story as more information gets disclosed.
Update, 5:30 pm: We are getting reports and comments on both this site and our Facebook posting from employees and observers in several states that their local FirstMed offices have all closed abruptly this weekend. So it appears that the entire company has folded.
Check Firegeezer.com on Monday for any further updates.
Toledo Blade newspaper: http://www.toledoblade.com/Medical/2013/12/08/Ambulance-company-MedCorp-shuts-down.html
Fayette Advocate newspaper: http://fayetteadvocate.com/archives/15686/2013/12/07/life-ems-relieves-employees-files-for-bankruptcy/
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