Contract awarded to provide medical transportation

April 30, 2003

Carroll Senior Overland Services has secured a three-year contract worth nearly $1.3 million to provide transportation to medical appointments for the county's needy.

The money, provided to the county by the state, paid for nearly 12,000 trips last year to physicians in the county and as far as beyond Baltimore.

"We try as best we can to limit visits to physicians in Carroll County, but that is not always possible," said Larry L. Leitch, director of Carroll's Health Department, which oversees the contract for the state. "An awful lot of this transportation involves a wheelchair van or an ambulance, and that becomes very expensive."

Nearly 8,000 Carroll residents are eligible for the service, but many rely on family or friends for transportation, he said.

The Westminster-based company has held the contract for several years. Its competition was from Dependable Medical Transportation of Hyattsville, whose bid was about $130,000 higher.

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