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Med Center, Mid Ga. combine ambulance services
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The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Mid Georgia Ambulance say they'll be collaborating under a joint operating agreement.

Their joint statement released Tuesday afternoon does not describe the collaboration or how it will work.

But it says the agreement "is not a merger or an acquisition."

They say the deal will "improve public safety by combining emergency response coverage, streamlining patient transfers and pooling human capital and financial resources.'

According to its website, Mid Georgia Ambulance employs more than 315 EMS professionals in nine Georgia counties, including Bibb and Crawford. The company referred questions about the deal to a spokeswoman, who did not return phone calls.

According to its website, the Medical Center's emergency center serves Baldwin, Bibb, Jones and Twiggs counties.

Cynthia Busbee, the Medical Center's assistant vice president of communications, said Tuesday afternoon that she was unaware of the deal and declined to answer questions.

One Medical Center employee who declined to be identified said EMS staff learned about the changes at a Monday morning meeting. They were told the new system takes effect March 1, but were not given details, he said.

He said EMS workers at the Medical Center were told they would have jobs after March 1, but then were told they must apply to Mid Georgia Ambulance for positions.

He gave us copies of documents that describe information that the employees must provide to Mid Georgia Ambulance, an interview form listing questions and a schedule of interviews.

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