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Non-Emergency Ambulance Calls
Bangs provides thousands of non-emergency ambulance transports each year. We are frequently called to transport stable patients to-and-from physician’s offices, nursing homes, clinics, hospice facilities, and so-forth. We occasionally link with aircraft for transfer from an air ambulance to a hospital or other destination. As a private ambulance service, Bangs transports patients to many geographic destinations near-and-far. Bangs routinely transports patients to regional cities, including: Binghamton, Cortland, Elmira, Rochester, Sayre Pa., and Syracuse. On a more occasional basis Bangs transports greater distances; historically we’ve gone to Buffalo, Cleveland, New York City, Baltimore, and dozens of other destinations in-between.
Starting in 2012, Bangs Ambulance and Hospicare have teamed up to offer a new “Special Trips” program to Hospice patients and their families in Tompkins County.
The Sentimental Journey Program is a collaborative effort between Hospicare and Bangs Ambulance to provide, free of charge, special trips to requested destinations for both Hospicare residents and home hospice patients.
The Sentimental Journey program is all about giving back to the community. “What better way to give back to our community than to grant wishes” said Ralph Wilcox one of the Bangs Paramedics who has been instrumental in initiating the Program.
The goal of the program is to offer Hospicare patients and their family a memorial last wish journey. A participant’s journey may be to visit family, friends, visit a local park or maybe just to see the fall colors or attend a grandson’s baseball game.
Each patient will be accompanied by a Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician to assist with any special care needs or emotional support during the trip. Trips may be made by ambulance or wheelchair van and patients may have up to three family members accompany them on an ambulance trip and up to two family members on a wheelchair trip. We expect most special trips to last between two and five hours depending on the patients needs.
Bangs Ambulance has been providing emergency medical services and transport to the community for over sixty-five years. Bangs continues to be involved in the community through special events and community education. “We are proud to take this additional step to serve our friends and neighbors in this way” said Company CEO, Timothy Bangs.
Participants will be accepted for this program at the recommendation of the Hospicare staff and all requests for special trips will be considered. You can contact Bangs Ambulance during business hours at 607-273-1161.