Published on July 20, 2022
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Phelps Health will receive $4 million in funding from the state of Missouri to build a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) base and helipad. The new facility is projected to cost a total of $5.4 million.
The Missouri General Assembly and Governor Mike Parson approved the funding through House Bill 3020, an appropriations bill for the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Missouri received approximately $2.7 billion in State Fiscal Recovery Funds under the act.
Missouri Senator Justin Brown, of the 16th District and a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Missouri Representative Don Mayhew, of the 121st House District and a member of the House Budget Committee, saw this [House Bill 3020] as an opportunity to help Phelps Health with its new EMS base and helipad.
“Community hospitals are the cornerstone of health and healing in Missouri’s communities,” said Senator Brown. “These hospitals are working not just to deliver quality care, but to improve the patient experiences and the health of our population. I am thankful for Phelps Health and their services offered.”
The location of the new EMS base is proposed to be between 13th and 14th Streets, within close proximity to the Phelps Health main campus and its Emergency Department.
The new ambulance base also will provide room for the Phelps Air crew, and the project includes building a second helipad to allow for quicker response to emergency situations.
The Phelps Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) base project is proposed to begin in early- to mid-2023.
“The approval to build a new EMS base is an exciting and much-needed project,” said Phelps Health CEO Jason Shenefield. “Our EMS crew has outgrown their current ambulance base, and the facility is in need of updates to accommodate the growing needs of the community.”
The Phelps Health Board of Trustees approved the proposal for a new EMS base and helipad in March 2022.
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Learn more about Phelps Health’s Emergency Department.