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By Lou Marzeles

County considering an EMS levy to support hospital emergency care



CURRENT HOSPITAL DISTRICTS: Klickitat County’s current two hospital districts are shown in this map.

Klickitat County is considering assuming the operation of emergency medical services (EMS) from the county’s two hospital districts and requesting an EMS levy.

The move would ensure continuing EMS services throughout the county served by the combined district, including ambulance service, in the county’s Hospital District 1, home of Klickitat Valley Health (KVH). Hospital District 2, served by Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, has run its own levy for some time, but a levy specific to EMS services has never been done in District 1. An EMS levy is separate from the hospital districts’ regular maintenance levy.

The total EMS expense includes maintaining ambulance service but also incl...

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