HUDSON VALLEY – Empress Ambulance, an EMS provider in the greater New York area, is making inroads into the Hudson Valley with plans to acquire the assets of Empire State Ambulance Corp., operating under the name EMStar, which is headquartered in Poughkeepsie. The move is said to be a response to the growing healthcare needs in the region.
EMStar provides a full suite of ambulance services including advanced life support and basic life support. With bases in Dutchess, Westchester, and Putnam counties as well as service in Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties, EMStar is a provider of 911 and inter-facility transports to the Mid-Hudson Valley region.
Empress is part of the PatientCare EMS Solutions company, providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance services to municipalities and hospital systems across Westchester County and ambulance services in the Bronx and Manhattan boroughs. In addition to its primary services, Empress operates a mobile integrated health unit (MIH) providing care to patients who do not need to be transported to the hospital. These MIH services include post-discharge follow-up care, vaccination and testing stations, in-home vaccines, and treat-in-place services.
Mike Minerva, president of Empress, said the acquisition will strengthen their footprint in Greater New York. “As our healthcare partners continue to expand in these counties, we want to be the solution that can grow with them. This acquisition will allow us to do that.”