Inspira welcomes Belleplain Emergency Corps into its health system

Inspira Health and Belleplain Emergency Corps have joined forces. Under the new arrangement announced Tuesday, Inspira will provide 911 ambulance service and interfacility basic life support transport to Dennis Township and Woodbine. It will also expand its non-emergency medical transport services to northern Cape May County and serve as the dispatching agency for Dennis Township.

Inspira Health, which currently provides emergency medical services in six South Jersey counties, said discussions between the two organizations began almost three years ago.

Earlier this year, Inspira announced that it had been contracted to provide 911 ambulance service to Lower Township, which is also located in Cape May County.

The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of both organizations.

“This is a great arrangement between BEC and Inspira,” BEC Chief William King Sr. said. “With our country’s changing health care system and the COVID pandemic, this was right decision at the right time for our community.”

Amy Mansue. (File photo)

“Inspira is excited to welcome Chief King and the more than 40 Belleplain Emergency Corps employees to the Inspira family,” said Amy Mansue, CEO and president of Inspira Health. “Over the years, BEC has earned the respect and trust of the communities it serves by providing professional, compassionate care. They have also brought innovative advancements to EMS services in the region.”

When a resident calls 911, they will directly reach an Inspira Health dispatcher. This arrangement follows the innovative model begun by BEC in 2006, when it became the only private organization in New Jersey to own and operate a dispatch center.

“We are committed to inspiring EMS across South Jersey,” said Mark Chapman, director of EMS and ground transport for Inspira Health. “With BEC joining the Inspira team, we look forward to providing the excellent care and service that the people of Dennis Township, Woodbine and surrounding communities have become accustomed to.”

BEC has provided approximately 4,000 patient transports per year, including emergency and non-emergency transportation. Inspira EMS and ground transport provided approximately 32,000 transports in 2021.