Miller EMS thrives in Barnsdall, Avant

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

The owner of Miller EMS gave an upbeat report Monday to Osage County commissioners, estimating his company may make a small profit monthly on emergency care in the Barnsdall and Avant communities.

Miller EMS has been the ambulance service provider for Barnsdall and Avant for slightly more than a month, taking over for Samaritan EMS, which cited finances as a reason for withdrawing at the end of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Matt Miller, owner of Miller EMS, said Monday that his company was able to offer Advanced Life Support (ALS) care to patients in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the time during the first month of operations in Barnsdall and Avant. Miller EMS also provides ambulance service in Fairfax.

Miller said it cost the company about $23,000 to provide that first month of service and, with all payments and anticipated payments factored in, he estimated a profit of about $1,300 for the month.

Among the details Miller offered commissioners was the company’s decision to bring a crew over from Owasso into Osage County when that crew could respond more quickly than a crew from Barnsdall.

District 3 Commissioner Darren McKinney thanked Miller for that flexible response, and District 1 Commissioner Jerry Howerton said he appreciated knowing the profit/loss details.

Matt Miller said he anticipates there is “a lot of progress to be made still” in his company’s adjustment to being the ambulance service provider for Barnsdall and Avant.