Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) was created in 1981 as a nonprofit organization by five hospitals in Washtenaw County following the failure of several commercial ambulance services. The hospitals invested $2 million dollars in our ambulance service, purchasing new vehicles, equipment and facilities. New leadership and staff were hired and advanced life support (paramedic) service started in early 1982.
By 1984, the ambulance service was now breaking even and gaining the trust and support of the community. Our owner-hospitals began asking volunteer community leaders to serve on the HVA Board of Trustees and the company continued to improve service delivery. Successful in their goal of stabilizing emergency medical services for county residents, the hospitals turned over HVA to the community in 1985, as a free-standing nonprofit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. Although no longer HVA's owners, our hospitals have continued to play a part in the governance and success of our organization ever since.
HVA began extending its services beyond Washtenaw County borders in 1986, establishing an ambulance station in the City of Belleville in Wayne County. Additional stations were added in Plymouth (1989), South Lyon (1990), Tecumseh (1995), Wixom (2003), Milford (2006-2013) and Huron Township (2015). HVA also began a series of partnerships with other hospitals in 1986 to serve Jackson, Lenawee and Calhoun counties, as well as in Monroe County in 2005. Another HVA partnership - Alliance Mobile Health - began serving southeast Oakland County in 2000.
In 2012, the HVA Board of Trustees created Emergent Health Partners after studying the changes and trends in national health care. Emergent Health owns and operates (either fully or in partnership with other entities) HVA and five other ambulance services. These services provide paramedic emergency and nonemergency ambulance services for more than 1 million residents in all or part of eight Michigan counties.
Emergent Health provides administrative and operational management, financial oversight, human resources and staffing, communications services, fleet and facilities management, and educational program resources to its ambulance service members.