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Gold Cross to move across town

December 3, 2013

FAIRMONT — By the end of 2013, Gold Cross will have vacated the building it has shared for years with Fairmont’s fire department and moved across town to leased space at the local Mayo medical center....

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stubbornfive

Dec-07-13 2:09 PM

a strong community in the south central Minnesota and now we have become weak. Industry is dwindling and population has diminished. The young are moving away and not to return, but only for holidays. We need to think through things and change or take the risk of being a follower. We as people of Fairmont must push forward and take back being the leader of southern Minnesota. Closing words. FORGIVE AND FORGET!! What is done is done with the community and Gold Cross. Now lets just be partners with them and try not to loose them as they are an asset to our community and the surrounding areas. If you don't think so!!!! Ask some of the survivors of heart attacks or severe car accidents that might not be around today if it was not because of the dedicated people there. THANK YOU GOLD CROSS AND THE MEMBERS OF GOLD CROSS IN FAIRMONT!!!! YOU ARE IN FAMILIES PRAYERS!!!!

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stubbornfive

Dec-07-13 2:00 PM

But I think that we could have handled this with Gold Cross with a little more tact than we did. Sometimes this city and its council is a little to quick with its decisions. I personally have not seen any growth from this group. As city officials talk with the officials of Gold Cross are we getting the true portrait. Loyallocal do you know first hand of what is going on? If so speak about it. Some of your comments seems like you are disgruntled against Gold Cross. Have they done something to you or a family member? Have you approached Gold Cross and talked with them? Sometimes we have issues that non issues because one simply does not ask for clarification and becomes a simple misunderstanding which leads into a grudge against one person or a group of people. Gandhi once said "The weak can never forgive, Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." This community is never going to survive we can not forgive and forget. We will parish and we are starting to see it happen. Onc

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stubbornfive

Dec-07-13 1:49 PM

Well there are some interesting comments here. I admire chuckholm and that I am not wondering who that is since he is not hiding behind a name. Your comment sir is well taken and has some valid points. Do we as the general public know the cost of or understand what these ambulances have in them. Are we as the general public to quick to point the finger at these people because we are not educated in the amount of training like natelars commented on? Do we not understand that these people at Gold Cross are there for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks out of the year. How do I know this? Simple they talked about in the city council meetings. Natlars brought up an interesting point and that was how many family functions have these people missed? How many kids sporting events, programs, and other school functions have they missed? They do all of this for what? TO HELP A STRANGER IN THE TIME OF NEED! I am not justifying them being in the firehall on what I just have said.

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loyallocal

Dec-04-13 7:56 AM

Fairmont has not been hostile to Mayo and thus driving them away, indeed, Mayo's policies are driving away providers. Mayo has no interest in providing local services beyond the basics and their business model is to consolidate services in centers like Mankato. These services used to be profitably provided in Fairmont. The EMTs who work for Gold Cross are generally really good folks, but they are not to be confused with our volunteer firefighters. Mayo bills heavily for their services and pursues those payments aggressively (as they do all bills). Non-profit does not mean benevolent.

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natelars

Dec-03-13 11:25 PM

In closing cause quite frankly this is getting long, let me say this. The next time you see an ambulance in town no matter if it's Gold Cross or any of the other area services, take three seconds out of your day and say thank you to the crew members,*****maybe even pay for their lunch. They suffer from mental fatigue from seeing people, young and old, often on the worst days of their lives. Some of those die and many live but those crew members often times have no idea if they did or did not make an impact in someone's life. I guarantee though if you show some appreciation for the hundreds of hours of education it took for them to get certified and maintain that certification as well as the countless hours of missed family events they have because they work in a business that runs 24/7 365 you may find that Gold Cross EMT's and Paramedics as well as their brothers in arms ask for far too little compared to what they deserve.

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natelars

Dec-03-13 11:19 PM

make a little extra to put be able to follow the mantra, "Work Hard, Play Hard" Let's look at this, I am in the healthcare career field and I must say there is no more undervalued group of people in any city than that of an Ambulance crew member. EMT's and Paramedics are constantly crapped on by society and we've proven it in this community in the past 12 months. We've determined that they aren't providing enough value to our city to allow them to be treated respectfully in their present location, we've not really bent over backwards to help them find suitable new quarters all under the guise of, "Well they're owned by Mayo." Stubbornfive hit the nail on the head, they get treated by many like a door mat. I've seen firsthand where people walk up to them and ask who's hurt or sick when they are just trying to order a meal. Or they get asked what happened on calls and then are treated rudely by people who don't understand that they have privacy laws they must f

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natelars

Dec-03-13 11:12 PM

I disagree however with JoeF. $1,000 to give Grandpa a ride. I ask, Could you have given Grandpa a ride? If so why didn't you. Could you as a family member refused Gold Cross's service and called a taxi? If so, why didn't you. Everyone's so dang quick to point the finger at the bill when they think that Grandpa or their loved one to get off JoeF's back some how got screwed by Gold Cross. Guess what, those hard working dedicated employees bust their *** to make sure you call for help is answered. Sure some calls for help are more severe than others but until the crew arrives and assesses the patient there's no guarantee that Grandpa is circling the drain, or pulling his best Fred Sanford impersonation. For those of you too young, youtube Sanford and Son. Yes Gold Cross is owned by Mayo but that doesn't mean that the people who work their get paid like kings. They live paycheck to paycheck much like everyone else. They take extra shifts to make sure the shift is covered and t

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natelars

Dec-03-13 11:06 PM

Here's some thoughts for you! You will most likely not see comments on here directly from an employee of Gold Cross or Mayo for that matter without hidden usernames for a variety of personal reasons but mainly because as a Mayo employee you are not allowed to speak publicly regarding issues pertaining to their employment. Case in point, unless your really good friends or family you most likely get the broad answer or no comment because like most people they value their job and if caught commenting to loudly in public or in media, termination or blockage of advancement is likely. It's a multi-billion dollar business (Mayo that is) that much like other businesses looks daily to cut corners on the bottom line. Harsco, Ethanol Plant, US Foods, Aerospace, etc.... All companies that looked at their bottom lines and decided that the cut's should be made at their Fairmont Locations. I agree with the comments that not enough is being done to attract new industry.

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chuckholm

Dec-03-13 10:41 PM

It's pretty sad when the city's fire dept can't get along with Gold Cross when they really work hand in hand for the community. The next time you or a loved one is in need of an ambulance for a life saving emergency, I am pretty sure you would not think twice about dialing 911, be happy we have this available to us. It's pretty easy to hide behind user names and go off the handle about a subject isn't it? When looking at the expense of the service you are recieving, you have to consider the 24/7 staffing to be there for you, the price of fuel, equipment, insurance, etc. Have you priced out the cost of a fully equipped ambulance?? not cheap.

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stubbornfive

Dec-03-13 9:19 PM

Well wildthing I guess that thought really did not come across my mind, but how many times a day do you think the cops are going to Goldfinch Estates? I hear these guys coming all hours of the night and the sirens usually stop about the time they would be getting there. How many times during the day do I see them going down Falcon drive? How many times do I see them in and out of the hospital? But we as citizen when we meet these people give them the cold shoulder and I have seen it while standing in Kwik Trip. These people come into businesses and are looked down upon. Its not their fault for what things they have no control over. They are there to help us out anytime of the day. They come to work and spend money at businesses, eat at our restaurants, and they tend to shop local. Have you ever talked with these people that work there? Try it, you might be surprised.

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stubbornfive

Dec-03-13 6:32 PM

I agree with positive thinker on this notion of not being treated if you dont have insurance, the law simple states that they have to. Now getting back to this city and the business are folding in this town. US Foods closing its doors, what's next? Fairmont Foods?? 3M?? Our city has not brought anything new to this town in a long time. We need to start working on getting industry back in town and if we don't watch our backs we will be run over by the city of Jackson. Sometimes to help business stay in town the city has to give some incentives. The outlook on this city is dewindling as the years go on and I dont see a great turn around from the city council to bring business into town. How many more resturants and bars can we have? I would have to ask you is a $1000.00 not worth your grandpa's life? Can you put a dollar amount on a life? Do we know what this people go through that work for Gold Cross? I hear them with their sirens on all night long.

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PositiveThinker

Dec-03-13 11:32 AM

The notion that I won't receive care because I can't pay is false and inflamatory. Our community contines to show businesses, including Mayo Clinic, that they aren't welcome here. The entitlement mentality of some elected officials and other residents here is eating away at the fabric of this town. A business is a business. No one is in business to lose money. US Foods is folding up its tent - and we are driving Mayo Clinic out of town. Does anyone really think another health organization would be interested in coming here with the way we treat Mayo? We can't constantly complain about Mayo and then be surprised or upset when they say enough is enough.

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JoeFairmont

Dec-03-13 8:33 AM

My grandfather was charged $1,000.00 for a ride from goldfinch memory to the hospital. Thanks gold cross.

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loyallocal

Dec-03-13 7:44 AM

Why does no one mention that Gold Cross is owned by Mayo? They have had the option of housing their ambulance at the hospital but have instead sponged off the city for years. The notion they lose money on their operation is ludicrous because they need to haul patients away to facilities where they charge 20% more than comparable institutions and if you can't pay, you won't be treated.

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