Peoria-based Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois (AMT) has announced plans to acquire Springfield-based Medics First Mobile Intensive Care and expects the transfer of ownership to occur later this summer.
Medics First, headquartered at 1600 Taylor Ave. in Springfield, was founded in 2008 by Larry Daugherty, Tracy Daugherty, Mike Dozier and Mark Ballinger. The company has grown to employ around 75 EMS personnel and includes a fleet of 13 ambulances.
AMT is a private, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1991. Greg Chance, vice president of strategy for AMT, said the intention is to create a new subsidiary company called Advanced Medical Transport Springfield that would do business under the Medics First name. The existing Medics First staff and headquarters will also remain the same, although Chance said AMT intends to begin recruiting a board of directors to oversee the Springfield location, in order to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with the current team at Medics First as well as other medical stakeholders in the community,” said Chance.
Based out of Peoria, AMT current serves 60 communities in central and western Illinois, and the acquisition of Medics First will allow for an expanded coverage area. While Chance noted that AMT is in the process of due diligence before the transfer of ownership can be finalized, he said, “We’re enthusiastic about the opportunity that this acquisition represents.”