Public Information Concerning Ambulance Services in Morrow County
On April 5, 2023, the Morrow County Board of Commissioners declared that the Ambulance Service Area Plan approved by the Oregon Health Authority on March 24, 2022 is not in effect. Due to the imminent risk of irreparable harm to residents of Morrow County posed by this decision, the Morrow County Health District Board of Directors has voted to pursue legal remedies against Morrow County and Boardman Fire Rescue District.
MCHD’s decision was not made lightly as the District has spent the past two years pursuing all possible avenues to collaborate and resolve this dispute in a manner agreeable to all parties. Ultimately, MCHD has an obligation to protect public safety and preserve healthcare services for the entire county. Based on recent local decisions, a formal legal process is now needed to resolve the situation.
MCHD will continue to provide ambulance service countywide until this dispute is legally resolved.
Morrow County held four public hearings on their plans to re-write the Morrow County Ambulance Service Area Plan. Audio recordings are available here: https://www.co.morrow.or.us/meetings
Morrow County Health District maintains that the ASA Plan approved in March of 2022 by the Oregon Health Authority is valid and in effect and that these proceedings are not occurring in a legal and ethical manner. That said, MCHD did submit testimony under protest and without waiving any of its rights to seek other legal remedies including any claims regarding this issue. MCHD submitted these documents:10-Year Transport Graph.pdfEMS Stats - 2022 & 2023.pdfComplaint for Breach of Contract, Promissory Estoppel, Tortious Interference with Contract and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief - FILED.pdfEntry of Default and Issuance of Final Order.pdfBOC Hearing Submission Cover Letter - 05-02-23.pdfIGA Between MCHD and Morrow County - 1995.pdfASA Plan & Appendices - OHA Approved March 24, 2022.pdfAmbulance Service Area Plan Approval Documents - 2021.pdfTimeline of Events - Public - 04-11-23.pdfHistory of BFRD & BOC Interactions - February 2021 to April 2023.pdfHistory of EMS Advisory Committee QA Problem Resolution Efforts.pdfWenholz Ethics Complaint - 04-24-23.pdfWipfli Memo Ambulance Reimbursement.pdf
Other interested parties have submitted this public testimony:OAHHS - Public Testimony - 05-10-23.pdfEOCCO - Public Testimony - 05-10-23.pdfMarlowe - Public Testimony - 05-06-23.pdfSwanson - Public Testimony - 05-02-23.pdf
MCHD has submitted two letters to the BOC expressing concerns about a conflict of interest on the part of Commissioner Wenholz:Letter to BOC re Conflict of Interest - 04-20-23.pdfLetter to BOC re Conflict of Interest - 04-17-23.pdf
This Intergovernmental Agreement between Morrow County Health District and Morrow County contains documentation showing that the people of Morrow County and Morrow County itself selected Morrow County Health District to provide ambulance service for the entire county.IGA Between MCHD and Morrow County - 1995.pdf
This timeline of events, which will be periodically updated, was put together to help explain the steps Morrow County Health District has taken over the past three years to preserve ambulance service in Morrow County.Timeline of Events - Public - 04-11-23.pdf
Below are public communications concerning ambulance service in Morrow County.Community Letter - Update on Ambulance Service - 05-09-23.pdfReasons for One MC ASA - 04-12-23.pdfReasons for One MC ASA - 04-12-23 - Spanish.pdfEMS Statement - 04-11-23.pdfEMS Statement - 04-11-23- Spanish.pdfEMS Mailer - 03-27-23.pdfLetter to BOC - 02-20-23.pdfEMS Informational Flyer - 12-09-22.pdfOpen Letter to Community - 11-29-22.pdfOpen Letter to Community - 11-29-22 - Spanish.pdfOpen Letter to Community - 07-25-22.pdf
Here's a look at the ambulance service data in Morrow County:10-Year Transport Graph.pdfEMS Stats - 2022 & 2023.pdf
In the interest of transparency, Morrow County Health District is collecting and publishing documents related to current and past Ambulance Service Area Plans and approvals here.
2021:ASA Plan & Appendices - OHA Approved March 24, 2022.pdfOregon Health Authority ASA Plan Approval - 03-24-22.pdfCertification of Morrow County Ambulance Service Plan - 04-28-21.pdfMorrow County Acceptance of Mass Casualty Incident Plan - 04-28-21.pdfAmbulance Service Area Plan Approval Documents - 2021.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Agenda - 04-28-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Minutes - 04-28-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Packet - 04-28-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Work Session Agenda - 03-17-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Work Session Packet - 03-17-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Agenda - 02-24-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Minutes - 02-24-21.pdfMorrow County Board of Commissioners Packet - 02-24-21.pdf
2016:Certification of Morrow County Ambulance Service Plan - 07-06-16.pdfMorrow County Acceptance of Mass Casualty Incident Plan - 07-06-16.pdfMorrow County Court Agenda - 07-06-16.pdfMorrow County Court Minutes - 07-06-16.pdfMorrow County Court Agenda - 06-29-16.pdfMorrow County Court Minutes - 06-29-16.pdf
These documents show efforts by the Morrow County EMS Advisory Committee and Morrow County Health District Board of Directors to work through the Quality Assurance Problem Resolution process outlined in the ASA Plan to resolve the ambulance service dispute.Entry of Default and Issuance of Final Order.pdfLetter from EMS Advisory Committee to MCHD BOD - 04-07-23.pdfNotice of Hearing - 03-20-23.pdfNotice of Hearing - 12-09-22.pdfLetter from EMS Advisory Committee to BFRD - 09-02-22.pdfLetter from EMS Advisory Committee to MCSO - 09-02-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Agenda - 08-31-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Minutes - 08-31-22.pdfLetter from EMS Advisory Committee to BFRD - 07-26-22.pdfLetter from EMS Advisory Committee to MCSO - 07-26-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Agenda - 07-18-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Minutes - 07-18-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Determination - 04-27-22.pdfMCHD Board Meeting Minutes - 04-25-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Agenda - 03-31-22.pdfEMS Advisory Committee Minutes - 03-31-22.pdf
Below are publicly available documents concerning mediation efforts to resolve the ambulance service dispute.MCHD Letter to BOC - 10-07-22.pdfMorrow County ASA Consultation and Discussion Agenda - 09-23-22.pdfHeckathorn - Consulting Services Agreement - 09-14-22.pdf