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Rapides Parish Ambulance Advisory Committee to Address Ambulatory Needs on Monday, April 29th

Alexandria, LA (4/27/2024) – The Rapides Parish Ambulance Advisory Committee is set to convene on Monday, April 29, 2024, at 9:30 am in the Meeting Room at the Rapides Parish Police Jury (RPPJ) Office.

The meeting will be held on the Second Floor of the Rapides Parish Courthouse, located at 701 Murray Street, Alexandria, Louisiana. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss ambulatory needs within Rapides Parish.

Source: Sean McGlothlin Facebook Page

Speculation among residents suggests that the focus of the meeting will center around Rapides Parish’s previous adoption of a sole provider model for ambulance transport. This model has sparked conversations and raised questions regarding the effectiveness and accessibility of emergency medical services within the parish.

A recent notice, posted on the Facebook page of Sean McGlothlin on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 9:22 am, announced the upcoming meeting. McGlothlin is the Police Juror representing District G. The notice listed the 14 members of the Ambulance Advisory Committee, including Chairman Dr. Paul Coreil and members such as Fookes, Allen, Basco, Carrera, Stanley, Seaman, Beauregard, Small, Branton, Glorioso, Pierce, Moreau, and Ms. Michiels.

According to a separate RPPJ Facebook post on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 3:14 pm, the creation of the committee was authorized by the Rapides Parish Police Jury on November 13, 2023. The committee was tasked with discussing ambulatory needs for the parish, receiving proposals, and making recommendations to the jury. In March 2024, the committee was formed, with Dr. Paul Coreil appointed as Chairman.

Source: Rapides Parish Police Jury Facebook Page

The committee comprises representatives from various agencies, as appointed by Joe Bishop, President of the Police Jury. These agencies include Rapides Regional Medical Center, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, City of Alexandria, City of Pineville, Town of Ball, Town of Cheneyville, Town of Glenmora, Rapides Parish School Board, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals/centers, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP)/911 Communication Director, and the Parish Fire Department.

Residents interested in attending the Rapides Parish Police Jury monthly meetings, held on the second Monday of each month at 3:00 pm, can find more information on the RPPJ website at https://www.rppj.com or by contacting the jury at 318.473.6660.

This information was sourced from various Facebook posts and underscores the importance of community engagement in addressing healthcare needs within Rapides Parish.

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