Perry Cameron

Cameron Resigns as Ambulance Coordinator

Jul 19, 2012

Perry Cameron has tendered his resignation with the Hancock County Board. The board had given him a week to resign from his position as ambulance coordinator or be fired.

The board was unhappy with progress the district has made in solving a number of problems. These range from sloppy paperwork to crew members who are not keeping up with their required continuing education.

Hancock County's ambulance service has been operating under a “Plan of Corrections” since January to address the problems.

Cameron Out as Coordinator

Jul 11, 2012

Hancock County will soon be in the market for a new ambulance coordinator. The Health and Miscellaneous Committee voted unanimously to give Perry Cameron until Tuesday, July 17th, to resign.

If  he does not, the full county board will vote that evening on whether to fire him.

Committee Chair Dan Asbury has been frustrated by a lack of progress in making improvements to the service.

He says, “I think we're hearing about lack of leadership and morale is bad and staffing is an issue. We just think it's time for a change.”

Coordinator Says Patients Get Quality Care

Jul 6, 2012

Hancock County's ambulance coordinator says patients are receiving quality care on their way to the hospital.

Perry Cameron admits the district has had a number of problems. At times, crews have not properly checked to make sure their ambulances are properly equipped. Some paperwork has been incompletely filled out. He says those problems obscure the quality of care patients are getting.

Hancock County Ambulance Crew Mistakes Continue

Jun 5, 2012

Ambulance crews in Hancock County are still suffering too many mistakes  despite operating under a “Plan of Corrections” for months to address them.

The Blessing Hospital EMS Director says that must stop.

Dr. Kelly Cox oversees ambulance services in Hancock, Adams, Brown and Pike counties. He has considerable latitude under state law to remedy the situation. He can suspend the licenses of EMTs who are not doing the job well. He could even suspend the county-wide service. He could also suggest the Illinois Department of Public Health issue fines.

Hancock County Might Hire Ambulance Consultant

May 23, 2012

The Hancock County Board is looking at options including hiring a consultant to solve problems with ambulance service.

The county is under a “Plan of Correction” to fix a number of deficiencies. The county could be fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health if they are not corrected soon.

One of the biggest problems is that some crews are not doing a “rig check” to make sure their ambulances have all the supplies and gear they might need on a call.