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The CEO of the Medical Center of Central Georgia told about 100 EMTs not to talk publicly about the deal that will have them working with Mid Georgia Ambulance.

Ninfa Saunders met Friday afternoon with about 100 employees of the Medical Center's ambulance service.

Reporters were not allowed to attend the meeting, but several employees recounted it to 13WMAZ's Kristen Swilley. They did not want to be quoted by name because they said they did not want to jeopardize their jobs.

The hospital this week announced a joint operating agreement with the private ambulance service, but have declined to provide details.

Earlier this week, the hospital ordered employees of its ambulance service to report to Mid Georgia Ambulance this week for job interviews.

Friday, during a 45-minute meeting, Saunders said those interviews were put on hold, and she called the matter a "misunderstanding." She reportedly warned them there would repercussions if they discussed the deal publicly.

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The news release from the Medical Center of Central Georgia this week said the ambulance deal was a "collaboration," not a merger or acquisition.

But some EMTs told 13WMAZ that Mid Georgia already had personnel records on the Medical Center employees and was processing them as job applicants.

Both the hospital and Mid Georgia have declined to explain the ambulance deal or how it would affect employees.

Earlier this week, assistant vice president of communications for Central Georgia Health System, Cynthia Costello Busbee, and hospital spokeswoman Janie Poulnott said they would have no information to add beyond the news release, and Poulnott said no other hospital officials will be giving interviews on the matter.

Mid Georgia Ambulance referred questions to spokeswoman Amy Abel-Kiker, who has not returned phone calls.


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