(WBIR – KNOXVILLE) A national ambulance company headquartered in East Tennessee announced Thursday it has acquired one of the largest privately-owned EMS providers in the South.
Knoxville-based Priority Ambulance said it has acquired Atlanta-based Central EMS, which also includes Central Air Ambulance. It is the company's first expansions into the air ambulance service.
"With operations in East Tennessee and Alabama, expanding into Georgia was a perfect progression for our network and extends our exemplary medical transport options in the Southeast," Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson said.
Central EMS serves more than 50,000 patients each year and has 77 ambulances.
With the acquisition of Central EMS, Priority Ambulance provides service to more than 185,000 patients each year in six states.