SPONSORED: Acadian Ambulance Selected To Provide Service To Ouachita Parish

Congratulations to The Picard Group client Acadian Ambulance Service, a division of Acadian Companies, for being selected as the new ambulance service provider in Ouachita Parish.

The Ouachita Council of Governments, made up of government leaders from the parish and its municipalities, voted unanimously on July 23 to accept the recommendation of a committee tasked with issuing and evaluating a request for proposal (RFP) for ambulance service throughout the parish. Acadian is slated to begin operations in Ouachita Parish on Jan. 1, 2019.

“The RFP was quite comprehensive and I applaud OCOG for a very thorough, professional and well-managed RFP process,” said Acadian Chairman and CEO Richard Zuschlag.

In addition to ground ambulances, Acadian will also begin air ambulance operations with an EC-135 rotary-wing aircraft. The helicopter, Acadian Air Med’s 10th aircraft, will be based in Monroe and provide 24/7/365 coverage to the area.

“Acadian hopes to transition the current ambulance provider’s employees into roles at Acadian,” Zuschlag said. The company will begin reaching out to those employees immediately and has set up a special webpage for people interested in working at Acadian.

In addition, Acadian is committed to assisting Delta Community College with their EMT and paramedic training programs. “Working with the current provider and with Delta, we hope to expand career and education opportunities for the citizens of Ouachita and surrounding parishes,” said Dr. Chuck Burnell, Acadian’s medical director.

There is a nationwide shortage of trained EMTs and paramedics and many opportunities exist for people interested in the field of emergency and non-emergency medical transportation. “One of the concerns many business and governmental leaders shared with us was the desire to provide good career paths to their citizens,” Zuschlag said. “We are committed to working with local people and Delta to provide those career path opportunities.”

Acadian Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, offering emergency and non-emergency transportation to areas in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.  Acadian Ambulance’s Louisiana and Mississippi operations recently earned a perfect score in the reaccreditation review from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.  Acadian Ambulance has been CAAS-accredited since 1995 and is one of three ambulance services in Louisiana and Mississippi, one of 10 in Texas and one of 178 in the nation to have earned CAAS accreditation.  Acadian Ambulance’s Texas operations were reaccredited by CAAS in 2016.

Since 1971, Acadian Companies has been dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. The company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, security, education and transportation.

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