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Company offering medical transport

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JAMES P. LEUTE
January 19, 2011
— An Illinois-based provider of nonemergency medical transportation services sees a need in the Janesville area and has moved in to fill it.

ASAP Transport of Loves Park has a fleet of vehicles now serving Janesville, Beloit, Clinton and outlying areas.


"Janesville is a very under-served area in regards to this type of service," said Brad Sholders, ASAP's owner. "The bulk of our business is providing wheelchair transportation for patients needing to go to dialysis and cancer treatments."


In 2008, Mercy Health System ended its Mercy in Motion program, which provided patients with rides to medical appointments. The system cut the program as a cost-saving measure but worked with other transportation services to help its patients find alternative transportation to and from medical appointments.


Limited other services are available, such as Rock County Specialized Transport, but there's still a need for ASAP, said Zach Gruba, its general manager.


ASAP, he said, is Medicaid-approved in Wisconsin and Illinois and also will transport private-pay customers. It provides services to ambulatory and non-ambulatory individuals.


Gruba said ASAP vehicles feature state-of-the-art scheduling, dispatch, GPS tracking and audit capabilities, and drivers pass a Department of Transportation drug test and are trained in CPR, first aid and defensive driving.


The company is experiencing a high call volume as it expands into Wisconsin, he said. The schedule might change, but transportation hours now are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


"We're transporting people every single day," Gruba said, adding that ASAP has been serving the area for about five weeks. "We haven't turned down a single call, and we're getting lots of them. People just don't know where to go."


TO LEARN MORE

For more information about ASAP Transport, go online to asap-transportation.com or call (608) 208-5330.



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