AMSTERDAM, NY. (May 16, 2023)— Priority Ambulance is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Corps (GAVAC), including the agency’s Certificate of Need. The company will operate under the name Lake Valley EMS to reflect the company’s growth in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Adirondacks.
“We are excited to welcome Lake Valley EMS and their team to the Priority Ambulance family,” said Chief Operating Officer Steve Blackburn. “At Priority, we believe in supporting local EMS teams who have built decades of trust and rapport with the community. We look forward to supporting the Lake Valley team as they continue to grow their legacy of delivering exceptional medical care in the region.”
GAVAC has served the Mohawk Valley and Southern Adirondacks for more than 55 years, providing emergency 9-1-1 services as well as interfacility services to Montgomery, Fulton, and parts of Hamilton counties. The company will continue to serve the counties, as well as give back to the community through public safety education, training, and other community initiatives.
Executive Director Thomas Pasquarelli said, “Joining the Priority family allows us to deliver added resources for our patients, our team and the community. Our foundational commitment to provide exceptional care to our citizens and give back to the community remains strong as we continue to grow as a leading provider in New York and the Mohawk Valley.”
In addition to Lake Valley EMS, Priority Ambulance operates in New York under two additional trusted brands that have served their communities for decades. For more than 80 years, Kunkel Ambulance has provided ambulance services in the City of Utica and Oneida County in the Mohawk Valley and provides mutual aid services to portions of Oneida and Herkimer counties. For more than 30 years, Trans Am Ambulance has served Cattaraugus County and the Village and Town of Cuba in Alleghany County in west Upstate New York.
About Lake Valley EMS and Priority Ambulance
Lake Valley EMS has served New York’s Mohawk Valley region for more than 55 years, providing 9-1-1 and interfacility services to Montgomery, Fulton, and parts of Hamilton Counties. Lake Valley EMS’ team of emergency medical professionals deliver professional and reliable patient care and customer service to the community. For more information, visit www.lakevalleyems.com.
Priority Ambulance is a leading national provider of medical transportation services, with operations in 14 states The Company has been listed for five consecutive years on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. Priority Ambulance’s EMTs, paramedics, nurses and support teams deliver exceptional patient care and customer service to approximately 600,000 patients each year. Throughout its national service area, approximately 4,000 highly trained paramedics and EMTs staff a fleet of more than 850 state-of-the-art ambulances and support vehicles. For more information, visit www.priorityambulance.com.
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