GCAS

Address
200 FIRST STREET SW
ROCHESTER, MN 55905
Contact
Website: http://www.mayomedicaltransport.com
Phone: +1 (507) 538-1297
Nonprofit
NTEE: E62 - Ambulance, Emergency Medical Transport Services
EIN: 41-1917517

Mission

TO PROVIDE SUPERIOR PATIENT CARE, AT A REASONABLE COST IN A WAY THAT ENGAGES THE WHOLE TEAM, WORKING TOGETHER IN CLINICAL PRACTICE, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH.
 201120102009
Basic features of the organization
Year of formation1998
Metropolitan statistical area6820
Form of organization
CorporationTrue
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$0.00$0.00 
Number of employees5349 
Number of people compensated >$100k00 
Number of volunteers00 
Personnel
A, Anderson
Title VICE-PRESIDENT 
Name of key/compensated person ANDERSON PAUL A 
Position of compensated person
Current officer True 
Average hours per week working for org 9.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation $0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation $0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org $0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $18,938.00 
Sum of all compensation from org $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $149,078.00 
A, Seinola
TitlePRESIDENT / CEOPRESIDENT/CEO 
Name of key/compensated personSEINOLA SCOTT ASEINOLA SCOTT A 
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$41,119.00$39,930.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $209,473.00$202,952.00 
A, Smoldt
TitleCHAIRCHAIR 
Name of key/compensated personSMOLDT CRAIG ASMOLDT CRAIG A 
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$8,088.00$8,400.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $373,981.00$1,249,438.00 
D, Anderson
TitleVICE-PRESIDENT  
Name of key/compensated personANDERSON PAUL D  
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrue  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00  
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00  
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00  
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$4,167.00  
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $153,574.00  
E, Perez
TitleTREASURER  
Name of key/compensated personPEREZ ROBERT E  
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrue  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$23,424.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $120,036.00  
F, Brigham
Title FORMER PRESIDENT/CEO 
Name of key/compensated person BRIGHAM ROBERT F 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org 0.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation $0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation $0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org $0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $24,883.00 
Sum of all compensation from org $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $741,182.00 
J, Santrach
TitleVICE-CHAIRVICE-CHAIR 
Name of key/compensated personSANTRACH MD PAULA JSANTRACH MD PAULA J 
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$44,289.00$59,335.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $329,884.00$433,106.00 
J, Schneider
TitleDIRECTOR  
Name of key/compensated personSCHNEIDER KENNETH J  
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org1.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00  
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00  
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00  
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$14,230.00  
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $271,610.00  
K, Otte
TitleFORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARYFORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARY 
Name of key/compensated personOTTE KIMBERLY KOTTE JD KIMBERLY K 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org1.000.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$36,516.00$33,549.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $195,183.00$193,805.00 
K, Trankel
TitleSECRETARYSECRETARY 
Name of key/compensated personTRANKEL SUSAN KTRANKEL SUSAN K 
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$14,276.00$19,386.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $164,324.00$158,589.00 
Kenneth, Schneider
Title DIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated person SCHNEIDER KENNETH 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org 1.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation $0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation $0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org $0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $20,080.00 
Sum of all compensation from org $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $291,190.00 
P, Zietlow
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personZIETLOW MD SCOTT PZIETLOW MD SCOTT P 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$49,414.00$67,709.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $442,016.00$983,834.00 
Perez, Robert
Title TREASURER 
Name of key/compensated person ROBERT E PEREZ 
Position of compensated person
Current officer True 
Average hours per week working for org 7.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation $0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation $0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org $0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $32,329.00 
Sum of all compensation from org $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $119,681.00 
Peter, Galindez
TitleASSISTANT SECRETARYASSISTANT SECRETARY 
Name of key/compensated personGALINDEZ JR PETERGALINDEZ PETER 
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$35,466.00$40,268.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $179,530.00$177,773.00 
W, Bolton
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personBOLTON JEFFREY WBOLTON JEFFREY W 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$50,237.00$136,564.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $715,940.00$815,822.00 
W, Decker
TitleDIRECTORDIRECTOR 
Name of key/compensated personDECKER MD WYATT WDECKER MD WYATT W 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Breakdown of reportable comp
Base reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Bonus and incentive reportable compensation$0.00$0.00 
Other reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Retirement and other deferred compensation$0.00$0.00 
Nontaxable benefits from org$0.00$0.00 
Compensation from org previously reported as deferred$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$40,890.00$68,622.00 
Sum of all compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $850,361.00$545,983.00 
Purpose: mission, activities, & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesAMBULANCE SERVICEAMBULANCE SERVICE 
Program service expenses, total$12,928,690.00$5,617,826.00 
Programs, including revenue & expenses
COMMUNITY BENEFIT - SEE SCHEDULE OOVER THE YEARS, GOLD CROSS HAS DEVELOPED COOPERATIVE APPROACHES IN MEETING MEDICAL CENTER STAFFING NEEDS AS WELL AS INCREASING TRAINING FOR GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS. BY COLLABORATING WITH HOSPITALS IN VARIOUS CITIES IN WHICH WE PROVIDE SERVICE, GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS PROVIDE ADVANCED LEVEL PATIENT CARE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM ENVIRONMENT IN COMMUNITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THAT STAFFING. THROUGH THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS RECEIVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO KEEP THEIR SKILLS UP TO DATE AND THE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER BENEFIT FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF PARAMEDICS TO ASSIST DURING PERIODS OF TIME WHEN THEY EXPERIENCE SHORTAGES IN STAFFING.GOLD CROSS IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NORTH CENTRAL EMS COOPERATIVE (NCEMSC). THE NCEMSC IS OPEN TO MEMBERSHIP FROM EMS AGENCIES IN MINNESOTA, IOWA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, WISCONSIN AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, AND PROVIDES GROUP PURCHASING OF AMBULANCES, MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND DEVICES AND OTHER SERVICES IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE COSTS OF VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURES FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES FACING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS PARTICIPATES IN THE WORK OF THE NORTH CENTRAL EMS INSTITUTE (NCEMSI) FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADVANCING BENCHMARKING AND PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH RELATED TO THE EMS INDUSTRY. SIMILAR INVESTMENTS OF STAFF TIME AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES ARE EXPENDED IN EFFORTS WITH THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION ON NATIONAL BENCHMARKING EFFORTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING THE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE PATIENTS SERVED BY EMS NATIONWIDE, AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ON RESEARCH FUNDING AND EXECUTION OF COMMUNITY AWARENESS.
Program descriptionCOMMUNITY BENEFIT - SEE SCHEDULE OOVER THE YEARS, GOLD CROSS HAS DEVELOPED COOPERATIVE APPROACHES IN MEETING MEDICAL CENTER STAFFING NEEDS AS WELL AS INCREASING TRAINING FOR GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS. BY COLLABORATING WITH HOSPITALS IN VARIOUS CITIES IN WHICH WE PROVIDE SERVICE, GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS PROVIDE ADVANCED LEVEL PATIENT CARE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM ENVIRONMENT IN COMMUNITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THAT STAFFING. THROUGH THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS RECEIVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO KEEP THEIR SKILLS UP TO DATE AND THE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER BENEFIT FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF PARAMEDICS TO ASSIST DURING PERIODS OF TIME WHEN THEY EXPERIENCE SHORTAGES IN STAFFING.GOLD CROSS IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NORTH CENTRAL EMS COOPERATIVE (NCEMSC). THE NCEMSC IS OPEN TO MEMBERSHIP FROM EMS AGENCIES IN MINNESOTA, IOWA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, WISCONSIN AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, AND PROVIDES GROUP PURCHASING OF AMBULANCES, MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND DEVICES AND OTHER SERVICES IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE COSTS OF VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURES FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES FACING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS PARTICIPATES IN THE WORK OF THE NORTH CENTRAL EMS INSTITUTE (NCEMSI) FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADVANCING BENCHMARKING AND PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH RELATED TO THE EMS INDUSTRY. SIMILAR INVESTMENTS OF STAFF TIME AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES ARE EXPENDED IN EFFORTS WITH THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION ON NATIONAL BENCHMARKING EFFORTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING THE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE PATIENTS SERVED BY EMS NATIONWIDE, AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ON RESEARCH FUNDING AND EXECUTION OF COMMUNITY AWARENESS.COMMUNITY BENEFIT - SEE SCHEDULE OOVER THE YEARS, GOLD CROSS HAS DEVELOPED COOPERATIVE APPROACHES IN MEETING MEDICAL CENTER STAFFING NEEDS AS WELL AS INCREASING TRAINING FOR GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS. BY COLLABORATING WITH HOSPITALS IN VARIOUS CITIES IN WHICH WE PROVIDE SERVICE, GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS PROVIDE ADVANCED LEVEL PATIENT CARE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM ENVIRONMENT IN COMMUNITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THAT STAFFING. THROUGH THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, GOLD CROSS PARAMEDICS RECEIVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO KEEP THEIR SKILLS UP TO DATE AND THE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER BENEFIT FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF PARAMEDICS TO ASSIST DURING PERIODS OF TIME WHEN THEY EXPERIENCE SHORTAGES IN STAFFING.GOLD CROSS IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NORTH CENTRAL EMS COOPERATIVE (NCEMSC). THE NCEMSC IS OPEN TO MEMBERSHIP FROM EMS AGENCIES IN MINNESOTA, IOWA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, WISCONSIN AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, AND PROVIDES GROUP PURCHASING OF AMBULANCES, MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND DEVICES AND OTHER SERVICES IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE COSTS OF VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURES FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES FACING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS PARTICIPATES IN THE WORK OF THE NORTH CENTRAL EMS INSTITUTE (NCEMSI) FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADVANCING BENCHMARKING AND PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH RELATED TO THE EMS INDUSTRY. SIMILAR INVESTMENTS OF STAFF TIME AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES ARE EXPENDED IN EFFORTS WITH THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION ON NATIONAL BENCHMARKING EFFORTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING THE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE PATIENTS SERVED BY EMS NATIONWIDE, AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ON RESEARCH FUNDING AND EXECUTION OF COMMUNITY AWARENESS. 
PATIENT CARE - SEE SCHEDULE OGCAS (DULUTH, MN) OPERATES IN CONJUNCTION WITH GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE INC. (EAU CLAIRE, WI) AND GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE SERVICE (ROCHESTER, MN) TO FORM A MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE REFERRED TO AS GOLD CROSS. THE ABOVE REFERENCED THREE GOLD CROSS LEGAL ENTITIES OPERATE AS "OUT-OF-HOSPITAL" CARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE, COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION AND MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. THE CORE PURPOSE OF THE GOLD CROSS SERVICE IS PROVIDING CARE TO PEOPLE DURING THEIR TIME OF NEED RESULTING FROM ACCIDENTS AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. GOLD CROSS RESPONDS TO "911" CALLS IN EACH COMMUNITY SERVED WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES, INCLUDING THE ABILITY OF THE CALLING PARTY TO PAY FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SERVICE. GOLD CROSS PROVIDES BASIC LIFE SUPPORT, ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT, AND CRITICAL CARE SERVICES. NATIONALLY REGISTERED PARAMEDICS AND EMT'S (EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS) STAFF GOLD CROSS AMBULANCES. THIS CERTIFICATION REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION FOR OUT-OF-HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDERS AVAILABLE AND EXCEEDS THE AMBULANCE SERVICE STANDARDS REQUIRED BY MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN LAW. THE AMBULANCE SERVICE UTILIZES DISPATCHING SERVICES PROVIDED BY A SOPHISTICATED COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH SYSTEM HOUSED IN OUR CENTRALIZED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (ECC) IN ROCHESTER, MN, WHICH IS LOCATED IN AND OPERATED BY MAYO CLINIC - SAINT MARYS HOSPITAL, A RELATED EXEMPT MAYO ENTITY. THE ECC ENABLES AREA-WIDE DIGITAL PAGING, PROVIDES PRE-ARRIVAL MEDICAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CALLERS, AND ENSURES TIMELY AND EFFICIENT DISPATCH FOR ALL GOLD CROSS UNITS. WHEN PATIENT CARE REQUIRES IT, GOLD CROSS TEAMS UP WITH SPECIALLY TRAINED STAFF, INCLUDING REGISTERED NURSES FROM REGIONAL MEDICAL HELICOPTER PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE FOR THE PATIENT, CRITICAL CARE. THE STANDARDIZATION OF PATIENT CARE, SERVICES AND SUPPLIES ACROSS THE SYSTEM AND THE INTEGRATION OF GROUND AND AIR RESPONSE THROUGH A CENTRALIZED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER HAS ENABLED GOLD CROSS TO PREPARE AN EFFICIENT PLAN OF ACTION FOR MULTIPLE INJURY INCIDENTS. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS FILLS A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES IN EACH COMMUNITY SERVED. IN 2011, GOLD CROSS, AS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM, PROVIDED MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION TO MORE THAN 49,937 PATIENTS, OFTEN INVOLVING COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL CARE DURING TRANSPORTATION. OF THESE PATIENT TRANSPORTS, GCAS PROVIDED SERVICE TO APPROXIMATELY 11,969 OF THEM. IN ADDITION, GCAS RESPONDED TO OVER 3,000 EMERGENT REQUESTS FOR SERVICE THAT DID NOT RESULT IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF A PATIENT. THESE NO TRANSPORT REQUESTS CONSUME A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES, WITHOUT A MEANS OF BILLING FOR AND COLLECTING REVENUE, AS GCAS FULFILLS ONE OF ITS ROLES AS A PUBLIC SAFETY PROVIDER IN THE COMMUNITIES SERVED. OVER 80 OF THESE NO TRANSPORTS ARE SPECIFIC REQUESTS FOR US TO STANDBY AS OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY PROVIDERS CONDUCT THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS SUCH AS FIGHTING FIRES, DOING HIGH-RISK POLICE ENTRIES AND ACTIVITIES, ETC., WHICH CAN OFTEN CONSUME SEVERAL HOURS OF UNPAID SERVICE BY OUR CREWS FOR EACH STANDBY. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS SERVES THE NEEDS OF VETERANS THROUGH CONTRACTS FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION IN ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA AND SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN.GCAS PROVIDES CHARITY CARE FOR PATIENTS FINANCIALLY UNABLE TO PAY FOR SERVICES PROVIDED. SERVICES ARE ALSO PROVIDED TO PATIENTS COVERED BY MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS AT SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNTS FROM STANDARD FEES. CHARITY CARE IS AN ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL STRAIN ON AMBULANCE SERVICES. A RECENT GAO STUDY ON MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT INDICATED REIMBURSEMENT FALLS SHORT OF ACTUAL COSTS BY 6% IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS AND 17% IN SUPER-RURAL AREAS. THE COST OF CHARITY CARE PROVIDED IN 2011 TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $13,000 AND THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE PROVIDED TO LOW INCOME PATIENTS THROUGH MEDICAID IN 2011 TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $422,000. THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE PROVIDED TO MEDICARE ELIGIBLE PATIENTS TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $770,000 IN 2011. IN ADDITION, IN 2011, GCAS PAID $60,000 TO MNCARE - A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES HEALTHCARE TO BENEFIT ELIGIBLE MINNESOTA RESIDENTS.GOLD CROSS HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA) AS A COMMUNITY TRAINING CENTER (CTC) FOR THE AHA WHICH HAS ESTABLISHED GOLD CROSS AS A PROVIDER OF EMERGENCY CARDIAC CARE TRAINING AT VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL LEVELS FOR THE AHA. GOLD CROSS PROVIDES CUSTOMIZED EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING PROGRAMS TO THE PUBLIC, MAYO CLINIC, MAYO FOUNDATION, OTHER ALLIED HEALTH CARE AGENCIES, AND PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES COVERING TOPICS SUCH AS BASIC EMERGENCY CARE, MEDICAL-LEGAL ISSUES, OSHA REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES AND OTHER COURSES SPECIFIC TO CUSTOMER NEEDS. THROUGHOUT 2011, OVER 30,000 PEOPLE WERE TRAINED THROUGH THE CTC OPERATED BY GOLD CROSS.GOLD CROSS DONATES TRAINING TIME TO A VARIETY OF CITIES, COUNTIES, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC. GCAS HAS DEMONSTRATED THIS COMMITMENT BY SUPPORTING VARIOUS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS ARROWHEAD EMS ASSOCIATION, LAKEHEAD (MINNESOTA) MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION, VACATIONLAND (WISCONSIN) FIRE ASSOCIATION, GRANDMA'S MARATHON, DULUTH AIRPORT DISASTER COMMITTEE, SUPERIOR FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL, LAKE SUPERIOR REGIONAL TRAUMA ADVISORY COUNCIL (LSRTAC), THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD DATA COLLECTION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD PREHOSPITAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD MENTAL HEALTH TRANSFER TASK FORCE, AND THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. APPROXIMATELY 2,400 HOURS OF EMPLOYEE TIME WAS PROVIDED FOR A VARIETY OF SAFETY-RELATED PROGRAMS TO VARIOUS COMMUNITIES, BUSINESSES, AND SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION, GCAS EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATED IN A LARGE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY EVENTS, SCHOOL CAREER FAIRS, STUDENT TOURS, BROWNIE TROOPS, CUB SCOUTS, BOY SCOUTS, VARIOUS PARADES, HEAD START EVENTS AND HEALTH FAIRS, AMONG OTHERS. THE ESTIMATED DOLLAR VALUE OF THESE EFFORTS AND OTHER DONATED SERVICES EXCEEDED $117,600.IN ROCHESTER, MN, GOLD CROSS IS PROUD TO HAVE ATTAINED THE NATION'S HIGHEST SURVIVAL RATE FOR OUT-OF-HOSPITAL VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION CARDIAC ARREST VICTIMS. GOLD CROSS' RESEARCH DEMONSTRATED THE VALUE OF, AND HAS RESULTED IN NATIONWIDE EFFORTS TO PLACE AUTOMATIC DEFIBRILLATORS IN POLICE AND OTHER FIRST RESPONSE VEHICLES. AT THE END OF 2011, GOLD CROSS HAD 20 RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERWAY, WHICH WILL HELP SHAPE CARE PROVIDED TO PATIENTS IN THE OUT-OF-HOSPITAL SETTING IN THE FUTURE. THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS INCLUDE PROJECTS RELATED TO CARDIAC PATIENTS, STROKE PATIENTS, AIRWAY MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES, DRIVER SAFETY, CREW CONFIGURATION AS RELATED TO PATIENT CARE, AND OTHER CRITICAL TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY GOLD CROSS AND ALL OF EMS ACROSS THE NATION. RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE ESTABLISHED AND COORDINATED THROUGH THE MAYO CLINIC MEDICAL TRANSPORT RESEARCH COMMITTEE AND COMPLY WITH THE STANDARDS OF MAYO CLINIC IN ALL ASPECTS. THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED IS THE RESULT OF COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN GOLD CROSS AND REGIONAL HOSPITALS. GOLD CROSS HAS REQUESTED AND RECEIVED "INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD" (IRB) APPROVAL FROM THE REGIONAL HOSPITALS DEMONSTRATING THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED BY GOLD CROSS. OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERWAY, DIRECTLY RELATED TO PATIENT CARE, INCLUDE A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF SPINAL IMMOBILIZATION EFFICACY, A COMMUNITY CARDIAC ARREST STUDY, TRAUMA REVIEW STUDIES, AND A RETROSPECTIVE 12-LEAD ECG STUDY RELATED TO ST ELEVATION IN MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION PATIENTS. ALL RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE WELL INTEGRATED WITH OTHER MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING IRB APPROVALS WHERE APPROPRIATE. THESE ARE IN ADDITION TO INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE AND IMPROVEMENT STUDIES DONE WITHIN GOLD CROSS TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE PATIENT CARE. RESULTS OF INTERNAL STUDIES ARE SHARED IN VARIOUS VENUES TO PROMOTE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY THE EMS INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE. MANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES CANNOT UPGRADE THEIR AMBULANCE SERVICE FROM BASIC (BLS) TO ADVANCED (ALS) BECAUSE VOLUNTEERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESSIBLE TRAINING. INSPIRED BY THIS FACT, THE GOLD CROSS ENTITIES HAVE WORKED WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ST. PETER, MOOSE LAKE AND PINE COUNTY (ALL IN MINNESOTA), TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE TRAINING SOLUTIONS. SIMILARLY, VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY GROUPS SPECIALIZING IN FIRST RESPONSE OR DISASTER RESPONSE OFTEN LACK FINANCES TO MAKE INITIAL PURCHASES OF EQUIPMENT OR TO UPGRADE EQUIPMENT. GOLD CROSS DONATES USED EQUIPMENT TO SUCH ORGANIZATIONS REGULARLY. THE TOTAL VALUE OF DONATED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING VEHICLES IN 2011 WAS APPROXIMATELY $27,000. GOLD CROSS FURTHER SUPPORTS VARIOUS COMMUNITIES BY CONTRACTING WITH THEM TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THEIR SERVICES.
Program descriptionPATIENT CARE - SEE SCHEDULE OGCAS (DULUTH, MN) OPERATES IN CONJUNCTION WITH GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE INC. (EAU CLAIRE, WI) AND GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE SERVICE (ROCHESTER, MN) TO FORM A MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE REFERRED TO AS GOLD CROSS. THE ABOVE REFERENCED THREE GOLD CROSS LEGAL ENTITIES OPERATE AS "OUT-OF-HOSPITAL" CARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE, COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION AND MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. THE CORE PURPOSE OF THE GOLD CROSS SERVICE IS PROVIDING CARE TO PEOPLE DURING THEIR TIME OF NEED RESULTING FROM ACCIDENTS AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. GOLD CROSS RESPONDS TO "911" CALLS IN EACH COMMUNITY SERVED WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES, INCLUDING THE ABILITY OF THE CALLING PARTY TO PAY FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SERVICE. GOLD CROSS PROVIDES BASIC LIFE SUPPORT, ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT, AND CRITICAL CARE SERVICES. NATIONALLY REGISTERED PARAMEDICS AND EMT'S (EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS) STAFF GOLD CROSS AMBULANCES. THIS CERTIFICATION REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION FOR OUT-OF-HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDERS AVAILABLE AND EXCEEDS THE AMBULANCE SERVICE STANDARDS REQUIRED BY MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN LAW. THE AMBULANCE SERVICE UTILIZES DISPATCHING SERVICES PROVIDED BY A SOPHISTICATED COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH SYSTEM HOUSED IN OUR CENTRALIZED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (ECC) IN ROCHESTER, MN, WHICH IS LOCATED IN AND OPERATED BY MAYO CLINIC - SAINT MARYS HOSPITAL, A RELATED EXEMPT MAYO ENTITY. THE ECC ENABLES AREA-WIDE DIGITAL PAGING, PROVIDES PRE-ARRIVAL MEDICAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CALLERS, AND ENSURES TIMELY AND EFFICIENT DISPATCH FOR ALL GOLD CROSS UNITS. WHEN PATIENT CARE REQUIRES IT, GOLD CROSS TEAMS UP WITH SPECIALLY TRAINED STAFF, INCLUDING REGISTERED NURSES FROM REGIONAL MEDICAL HELICOPTER PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE FOR THE PATIENT, CRITICAL CARE. THE STANDARDIZATION OF PATIENT CARE, SERVICES AND SUPPLIES ACROSS THE SYSTEM AND THE INTEGRATION OF GROUND AND AIR RESPONSE THROUGH A CENTRALIZED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER HAS ENABLED GOLD CROSS TO PREPARE AN EFFICIENT PLAN OF ACTION FOR MULTIPLE INJURY INCIDENTS. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS FILLS A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES IN EACH COMMUNITY SERVED. IN 2011, GOLD CROSS, AS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM, PROVIDED MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION TO MORE THAN 49,937 PATIENTS, OFTEN INVOLVING COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL CARE DURING TRANSPORTATION. OF THESE PATIENT TRANSPORTS, GCAS PROVIDED SERVICE TO APPROXIMATELY 11,969 OF THEM. IN ADDITION, GCAS RESPONDED TO OVER 3,000 EMERGENT REQUESTS FOR SERVICE THAT DID NOT RESULT IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF A PATIENT. THESE NO TRANSPORT REQUESTS CONSUME A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES, WITHOUT A MEANS OF BILLING FOR AND COLLECTING REVENUE, AS GCAS FULFILLS ONE OF ITS ROLES AS A PUBLIC SAFETY PROVIDER IN THE COMMUNITIES SERVED. OVER 80 OF THESE NO TRANSPORTS ARE SPECIFIC REQUESTS FOR US TO STANDBY AS OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY PROVIDERS CONDUCT THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS SUCH AS FIGHTING FIRES, DOING HIGH-RISK POLICE ENTRIES AND ACTIVITIES, ETC., WHICH CAN OFTEN CONSUME SEVERAL HOURS OF UNPAID SERVICE BY OUR CREWS FOR EACH STANDBY. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS SERVES THE NEEDS OF VETERANS THROUGH CONTRACTS FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION IN ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA AND SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN.GCAS PROVIDES CHARITY CARE FOR PATIENTS FINANCIALLY UNABLE TO PAY FOR SERVICES PROVIDED. SERVICES ARE ALSO PROVIDED TO PATIENTS COVERED BY MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS AT SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNTS FROM STANDARD FEES. CHARITY CARE IS AN ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL STRAIN ON AMBULANCE SERVICES. A RECENT GAO STUDY ON MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT INDICATED REIMBURSEMENT FALLS SHORT OF ACTUAL COSTS BY 6% IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS AND 17% IN SUPER-RURAL AREAS. THE COST OF CHARITY CARE PROVIDED IN 2011 TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $13,000 AND THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE PROVIDED TO LOW INCOME PATIENTS THROUGH MEDICAID IN 2011 TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $422,000. THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE PROVIDED TO MEDICARE ELIGIBLE PATIENTS TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $770,000 IN 2011. IN ADDITION, IN 2011, GCAS PAID $60,000 TO MNCARE - A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES HEALTHCARE TO BENEFIT ELIGIBLE MINNESOTA RESIDENTS.GOLD CROSS HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA) AS A COMMUNITY TRAINING CENTER (CTC) FOR THE AHA WHICH HAS ESTABLISHED GOLD CROSS AS A PROVIDER OF EMERGENCY CARDIAC CARE TRAINING AT VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL LEVELS FOR THE AHA. GOLD CROSS PROVIDES CUSTOMIZED EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING PROGRAMS TO THE PUBLIC, MAYO CLINIC, MAYO FOUNDATION, OTHER ALLIED HEALTH CARE AGENCIES, AND PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES COVERING TOPICS SUCH AS BASIC EMERGENCY CARE, MEDICAL-LEGAL ISSUES, OSHA REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES AND OTHER COURSES SPECIFIC TO CUSTOMER NEEDS. THROUGHOUT 2011, OVER 30,000 PEOPLE WERE TRAINED THROUGH THE CTC OPERATED BY GOLD CROSS.GOLD CROSS DONATES TRAINING TIME TO A VARIETY OF CITIES, COUNTIES, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC. GCAS HAS DEMONSTRATED THIS COMMITMENT BY SUPPORTING VARIOUS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS ARROWHEAD EMS ASSOCIATION, LAKEHEAD (MINNESOTA) MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION, VACATIONLAND (WISCONSIN) FIRE ASSOCIATION, GRANDMA'S MARATHON, DULUTH AIRPORT DISASTER COMMITTEE, SUPERIOR FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL, LAKE SUPERIOR REGIONAL TRAUMA ADVISORY COUNCIL (LSRTAC), THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD DATA COLLECTION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD PREHOSPITAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD MENTAL HEALTH TRANSFER TASK FORCE, AND THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. APPROXIMATELY 2,400 HOURS OF EMPLOYEE TIME WAS PROVIDED FOR A VARIETY OF SAFETY-RELATED PROGRAMS TO VARIOUS COMMUNITIES, BUSINESSES, AND SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION, GCAS EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATED IN A LARGE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY EVENTS, SCHOOL CAREER FAIRS, STUDENT TOURS, BROWNIE TROOPS, CUB SCOUTS, BOY SCOUTS, VARIOUS PARADES, HEAD START EVENTS AND HEALTH FAIRS, AMONG OTHERS. THE ESTIMATED DOLLAR VALUE OF THESE EFFORTS AND OTHER DONATED SERVICES EXCEEDED $117,600.IN ROCHESTER, MN, GOLD CROSS IS PROUD TO HAVE ATTAINED THE NATION'S HIGHEST SURVIVAL RATE FOR OUT-OF-HOSPITAL VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION CARDIAC ARREST VICTIMS. GOLD CROSS' RESEARCH DEMONSTRATED THE VALUE OF, AND HAS RESULTED IN NATIONWIDE EFFORTS TO PLACE AUTOMATIC DEFIBRILLATORS IN POLICE AND OTHER FIRST RESPONSE VEHICLES. AT THE END OF 2011, GOLD CROSS HAD 20 RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERWAY, WHICH WILL HELP SHAPE CARE PROVIDED TO PATIENTS IN THE OUT-OF-HOSPITAL SETTING IN THE FUTURE. THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS INCLUDE PROJECTS RELATED TO CARDIAC PATIENTS, STROKE PATIENTS, AIRWAY MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES, DRIVER SAFETY, CREW CONFIGURATION AS RELATED TO PATIENT CARE, AND OTHER CRITICAL TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY GOLD CROSS AND ALL OF EMS ACROSS THE NATION. RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE ESTABLISHED AND COORDINATED THROUGH THE MAYO CLINIC MEDICAL TRANSPORT RESEARCH COMMITTEE AND COMPLY WITH THE STANDARDS OF MAYO CLINIC IN ALL ASPECTS. THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED IS THE RESULT OF COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN GOLD CROSS AND REGIONAL HOSPITALS. GOLD CROSS HAS REQUESTED AND RECEIVED "INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD" (IRB) APPROVAL FROM THE REGIONAL HOSPITALS DEMONSTRATING THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED BY GOLD CROSS. OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERWAY, DIRECTLY RELATED TO PATIENT CARE, INCLUDE A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF SPINAL IMMOBILIZATION EFFICACY, A COMMUNITY CARDIAC ARREST STUDY, TRAUMA REVIEW STUDIES, AND A RETROSPECTIVE 12-LEAD ECG STUDY RELATED TO ST ELEVATION IN MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION PATIENTS. ALL RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE WELL INTEGRATED WITH OTHER MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING IRB APPROVALS WHERE APPROPRIATE. THESE ARE IN ADDITION TO INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE AND IMPROVEMENT STUDIES DONE WITHIN GOLD CROSS TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE PATIENT CARE. RESULTS OF INTERNAL STUDIES ARE SHARED IN VARIOUS VENUES TO PROMOTE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY THE EMS INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE. MANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES CANNOT UPGRADE THEIR AMBULANCE SERVICE FROM BASIC (BLS) TO ADVANCED (ALS) BECAUSE VOLUNTEERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESSIBLE TRAINING. INSPIRED BY THIS FACT, THE GOLD CROSS ENTITIES HAVE WORKED WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ST. PETER, MOOSE LAKE AND PINE COUNTY (ALL IN MINNESOTA), TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE TRAINING SOLUTIONS. SIMILARLY, VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY GROUPS SPECIALIZING IN FIRST RESPONSE OR DISASTER RESPONSE OFTEN LACK FINANCES TO MAKE INITIAL PURCHASES OF EQUIPMENT OR TO UPGRADE EQUIPMENT. GOLD CROSS DONATES USED EQUIPMENT TO SUCH ORGANIZATIONS REGULARLY. THE TOTAL VALUE OF DONATED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING VEHICLES IN 2011 WAS APPROXIMATELY $27,000. GOLD CROSS FURTHER SUPPORTS VARIOUS COMMUNITIES BY CONTRACTING WITH THEM TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THEIR SERVICES.PATIENT CARE - SEE SCHEDULE OGCAS (DULUTH, MN) OPERATES IN CONJUNCTION WITH GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE INC. (EAU CLAIRE, WI) AND GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE SERVICE (ROCHESTER, MN) TO FORM A MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE REFERRED TO AS GOLD CROSS. THE ABOVE REFERENCED THREE GOLD CROSS LEGAL ENTITIES OPERATE AS "OUT-OF-HOSPITAL" CARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE, COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION AND MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. THE CORE PURPOSE OF THE GOLD CROSS SERVICE IS PROVIDING CARE TO PEOPLE DURING THEIR TIME OF NEED RESULTING FROM ACCIDENTS AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. GOLD CROSS RESPONDS TO "911" CALLS IN EACH COMMUNITY SERVED WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES, INCLUDING THE ABILITY OF THE CALLING PARTY TO PAY FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SERVICE. GOLD CROSS PROVIDES BASIC LIFE SUPPORT, ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT, AND CRITICAL CARE SERVICES. NATIONALLY REGISTERED PARAMEDICS AND EMT'S (EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS) STAFF GOLD CROSS AMBULANCES. THIS CERTIFICATION REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION FOR OUT-OF-HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDERS AVAILABLE AND EXCEEDS THE AMBULANCE SERVICE STANDARDS REQUIRED BY MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN LAW. THE AMBULANCE SERVICE UTILIZES DISPATCHING SERVICES PROVIDED BY A SOPHISTICATED COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH SYSTEM HOUSED IN OUR CENTRALIZED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (ECC) IN ROCHESTER, MN, WHICH IS LOCATED IN AND OPERATED BY MAYO CLINIC - SAINT MARYS HOSPITAL, A RELATED EXEMPT MAYO ENTITY. THE ECC ENABLES AREA-WIDE DIGITAL PAGING, PROVIDES PRE-ARRIVAL MEDICAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CALLERS, AND ENSURES TIMELY AND EFFICIENT DISPATCH FOR ALL GOLD CROSS UNITS. WHEN PATIENT CARE REQUIRES IT, GOLD CROSS TEAMS UP WITH SPECIALLY TRAINED STAFF, INCLUDING REGISTERED NURSES FROM REGIONAL MEDICAL HELICOPTER PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE FOR THE PATIENT, CRITICAL CARE. THE STANDARDIZATION OF PATIENT CARE, SERVICES AND SUPPLIES ACROSS THE SYSTEM AND THE INTEGRATION OF GROUND AND AIR RESPONSE THROUGH A CENTRALIZED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER HAS ENABLED GOLD CROSS TO PREPARE AN EFFICIENT PLAN OF ACTION FOR MULTIPLE INJURY INCIDENTS. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS FILLS A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES IN EACH COMMUNITY SERVED. IN 2010, GOLD CROSS, AS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM, PROVIDED MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION TO MORE THAN 46,718 PATIENTS, OFTEN INVOLVING COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL CARE DURING TRANSPORTATION. OF THESE PATIENT TRANSPORTS, GCAS PROVIDED SERVICE TO APPROXIMATELY 11,428 OF THEM. IN ADDITION, GCAS RESPONDED TO OVER 2,800 EMERGENT REQUESTS FOR SERVICE THAT DID NOT RESULT IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF A PATIENT. THESE NO TRANSPORT REQUESTS CONSUME A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES, WITHOUT A MEANS OF BILLING FOR AND COLLECTING REVENUE, AS GCAS FULFILLS ONE OF ITS ROLES AS A PUBLIC SAFETY PROVIDER IN THE COMMUNITIES SERVED. OVER 80 OF THESE NO TRANSPORTS ARE SPECIFIC REQUESTS FOR US TO STANDBY AS OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY PROVIDERS CONDUCT THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS SUCH AS FIGHTING FIRES, DOING HIGH-RISK POLICE ENTRIES AND ACTIVITIES, ETC., WHICH CAN OFTEN CONSUME SEVERAL HOURS OF UNPAID SERVICE BY OUR CREWS FOR EACH STANDBY. IN ADDITION, GOLD CROSS SERVES THE NEEDS OF VETERANS THROUGH CONTRACTS FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION IN ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA AND SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN.GCAS PROVIDES CHARITY CARE FOR PATIENTS FINANCIALLY UNABLE TO PAY FOR SERVICES PROVIDED. SERVICES ARE ALSO PROVIDED TO PATIENTS COVERED BY MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS AT SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNTS FROM STANDARD FEES. CHARITY CARE IS AN ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL STRAIN ON AMBULANCE SERVICES. A RECENT GAO STUDY ON MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT INDICATED REIMBURSEMENT FALLS SHORT OF ACTUAL COSTS BY 6% IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS AND 17% IN SUPER-RURAL AREAS. THE COST OF CHARITY CARE PROVIDED IN 2010 TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $13,200 AND THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE PROVIDED TO LOW INCOME PATIENTS THROUGH MEDICAID IN 2010 TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $330,700. THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE PROVIDED TO MEDICARE ELIGIBLE PATIENTS TOTALED APPROXIMATELY $887,900 IN 2010. IN ADDITION, IN 2010, GCAS PAID $80,800 TO MNCARE - A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES HEALTHCARE TO BENEFIT ELIGIBLE MINNESOTA RESIDENTS.GOLD CROSS HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA) AS A COMMUNITY TRAINING CENTER (CTC) FOR THE AHA WHICH HAS ESTABLISHED GOLD CROSS AS A PROVIDER OF EMERGENCY CARDIAC CARE TRAINING AT VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL LEVELS FOR THE AHA. GOLD CROSS PROVIDES CUSTOMIZED EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING PROGRAMS TO THE PUBLIC, MAYO CLINIC, MAYO FOUNDATION, OTHER ALLIED HEALTH CARE AGENCIES, AND PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES COVERING TOPICS SUCH AS BASIC EMERGENCY CARE, MEDICAL-LEGAL ISSUES, OSHA REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES AND OTHER COURSES SPECIFIC TO CUSTOMER NEEDS. THROUGHOUT 2010, OVER 30,000 PEOPLE WERE TRAINED THROUGH THE CTC OPERATED BY GOLD CROSS.GOLD CROSS DONATES TRAINING TIME TO A VARIETY OF CITIES, COUNTIES, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC. GCAS HAS DEMONSTRATED THIS COMMITMENT BY SUPPORTING VARIOUS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS ARROWHEAD EMS ASSOCIATION, LAKEHEAD (MINNESOTA) MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION, VACATIONLAND (WISCONSIN) FIRE ASSOCIATION, GRANDMA'S MARATHON, DULUTH AIRPORT DISASTER COMMITTEE, SUPERIOR FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL, LAKE SUPERIOR REGIONAL TRAUMA ADVISORY COUNCIL (LSRTAC), THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD DATA COLLECTION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD PREHOSPITAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE MN EMS REGULATORY BOARD MENTAL HEALTH TRANSFER TASK FORCE, AND THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. APPROXIMATELY 2,100 HOURS OF EMPLOYEE TIME WAS PROVIDED FOR A VARIETY OF SAFETY-RELATED PROGRAMS TO VARIOUS COMMUNITIES, BUSINESSES, AND SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION, GCAS EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATED IN A LARGE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY EVENTS, SCHOOL CAREER FAIRS, STUDENT TOURS, BROWNIE TROOPS, CUB SCOUTS, BOY SCOUTS, VARIOUS PARADES, HEAD START EVENTS AND HEALTH FAIRS, AMONG OTHERS. THE ESTIMATED DOLLAR VALUE OF THESE EFFORTS AND OTHER DONATED SERVICES EXCEEDED $94,500.IN ROCHESTER, MN, GOLD CROSS IS PROUD TO HAVE ATTAINED THE NATION'S HIGHEST SURVIVAL RATE FOR OUT-OF-HOSPITAL VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION CARDIAC ARREST VICTIMS. GOLD CROSS' RESEARCH DEMONSTRATED THE VALUE OF, AND HAS RESULTED IN NATIONWIDE EFFORTS TO PLACE AUTOMATIC DEFIBRILLATORS IN POLICE AND OTHER FIRST RESPONSE VEHICLES. AT THE END OF 2010, GOLD CROSS HAD 20 RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERWAY, WHICH WILL HELP SHAPE CARE PROVIDED TO PATIENTS IN THE OUT-OF-HOSPITAL SETTING IN THE FUTURE. THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS INCLUDE PROJECTS RELATED TO CARDIAC PATIENTS, STROKE PATIENTS, AIRWAY MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES, DRIVER SAFETY, CREW CONFIGURATION AS RELATED TO PATIENT CARE, AND OTHER CRITICAL TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY GOLD CROSS AND ALL OF EMS ACROSS THE NATION. RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE ESTABLISHED AND COORDINATED THROUGH THE MAYO CLINIC MEDICAL TRANSPORT RESEARCH COMMITTEE AND COMPLY WITH THE STANDARDS OF MAYO CLINIC IN ALL ASPECTS. THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED IS THE RESULT OF COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN GOLD CROSS AND REGIONAL HOSPITALS. GOLD CROSS HAS REQUESTED AND RECEIVED "INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD" (IRB) APPROVAL FROM THE REGIONAL HOSPITALS DEMONSTRATING THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED BY GOLD CROSS. OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERWAY, DIRECTLY RELATED TO PATIENT CARE, INCLUDE A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF SPINAL IMMOBILIZATION EFFICACY, A COMMUNITY CARDIAC ARREST STUDY, TRAUMA REVIEW STUDIES, AND A RETROSPECTIVE 12-LEAD ECG STUDY RELATED TO ST ELEVATION IN MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION PATIENTS. ALL RESEARCH PROJECTS ARE WELL INTEGRATED WITH OTHER MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING IRB APPROVALS WHERE APPROPRIATE. THESE ARE IN ADDITION TO INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE AND IMPROVEMENT STUDIES DONE WITHIN GOLD CROSS TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE PATIENT CARE. RESULTS OF INTERNAL STUDIES ARE SHARED IN VARIOUS VENUES TO PROMOTE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY THE EMS INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE. MANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES CANNOT UPGRADE THEIR AMBULANCE SERVICE FROM BASIC (BLS) TO ADVANCED (ALS) BECAUSE VOLUNTEERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESSIBLE TRAINING. INSPIRED BY THIS FACT, THE GOLD CROSS ENTITIES HAVE WORKED WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ST. PETER, MOOSE LAKE AND PINE COUNTY (ALL IN MINNESOTA), TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE TRAINING SOLUTIONS. SIMILARLY, VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY GROUPS SPECIALIZING IN FIRST RESPONSE OR DISASTER RESPONSE OFTEN LACK FINANCES TO MAKE INITIAL PURCHASES OF EQUIPMENT OR TO UPGRADE EQUIPMENT. GOLD CROSS DONATES USED EQUIPMENT TO SUCH ORGANIZATIONS REGULARLY. THE TOTAL VALUE OF DONATED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING VEHICLES IN 2010 WAS APPROXIMATELY $26,300. GOLD CROSS FURTHER SUPPORTS VARIOUS COMMUNITIES BY CONTRACTING WITH THEM TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THEIR SERVICES. 
Financial data
Revenue
Total revenue$7,954,376.00$7,526,008.00 
Revenue from contributions (total)$26,398.00$22,652.00$31,990.00
Investment income, current yr$1,060.00$3,784.00 
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$26,398.00$22,652.00 
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00 
Other revenue, current yr$136.00$2,015.00 
Net unrelated business taxable revenue$0.00$0.00 
Program service revenue (total)$7,926,782.00$7,497,557.00$7,017,102.00
Gross receipts$7,954,376.00$7,526,008.00 
Sources of contributions
Revenue from gov't grants$26,398.00$22,652.00 
Other types of revenue
Miscellaneous revenue (total)$136.00$2,015.00 
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments$1,060.00$3,784.00 
Net rental income $0.00$0.00
Expense categories (totals)
Total functional expenses: sum of all$14,000,331.00$6,670,069.00 
Total functional expenses: program service $12,928,690.00$5,617,826.00 
Total functional expenses: management and general$1,071,641.00$1,052,243.00 
Total functional expenses: fundraising$0.00$0.00 
Fees for services
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00 
General management fees (total)$1,084.00$1,479.00 
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$0.00$7,272,140.00$6,450,590.00
Total assets, beginning of year$7,272,140.00$6,450,590.00 
Total liabilities$0.00$1,226,186.00$1,260,575.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$1,226,186.00$1,260,575.00 
Pledges & accounts receivable, net$0.00  
Loans & receivables from key persons$0.00  
Unrestricted net assets, end of yr$0.00$6,045,954.00 
Net assets$0.00$6,045,954.00 
Net assets, beginning of year$6,045,954.00$5,190,015.00 
Other liabilities$0.00$1,021,025.00 
Intangible assets$0.00  
Other assets$0.00$548,158.00 
Investments: other securities$0.00$5,789,942.00 
Investments: publicly traded securities$0.00  
Cash: non-interest bearing$0.00  
Investments -- program-related$0.00  
Inventories for sale or use$0.00  
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses-$6,045,955.00$855,939.00 
Advertising (total)$1,100.00$1,622.00 
Savings & temp cash investment$0.00  
Accounts receivable, net$0.00$860,695.00 
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$0.00  
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$0.00$205,161.00 
Total net assets or fund balances$0.00$6,045,954.00 
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$21,581.00$8,216.00 
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members78 
Number of independent voting members00 
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrue 
Relationships among key personnelTrueTrue 
Discontinued or disposed >25% of net assetsTrue  
Accrual accountingTrueTrue 
Tax year start date2011-01-012010-01-01 
Tax year end date2011-12-012010-12-012009-12-01
Has local chaptersTrueTrue 
Indicators for schedules (selected)
Business transaction with family memberTrueTrue 
Grants to domestic org/gov't >$5kTrue  
Org has controlled entityTrueTrue 
Org transacted with controlled entityTrueTrue 
Metadata about the filing
E-return type: 990, 990EZ, or 990PF990990 
Reason for form submission
Final return / terminatedTrue  
Date e-filing submitted2012-12-272011-11-21 
IRS schema version2011v1.22010v3.4 
Filing identifier201243199349301049201133089349300138 
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