History of TriHealth Patient Transport Services


Patient Transport Services (PTS) was established in 1984 as a department of Bethesda Hospital for the purpose of transporting patients between two hospitals--- Bethesda North Hospital and Bethesda Oak Hospital.  At that time, we were known as “Bethesda Patient Transport Services”.

 In 1987, we began expanding our customer base outside of our own hospitals and added 24-hour service.

 In 1995, Bethesda Hospital formed a community partnership with Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati to become “TriHealth” and our name changed to Patient Transport Services.

 In 1998, our services and fleet expanded and improved with the addition of a mobile intensive care unit (MICU).  The MICU is staffed with an RN with ICU/CCU/ED experience, EMT-P and EMT-B and provides care and transportation for critical patients.

 In 2008, we added a specialized bariatric ambulance that can transport patients weighing approximately 1000 lbs.

 In 2010, PTS partnered with Mount Carmel Health to operate an ambulance service under the name of Columbus Connection, in Columbus, Ohio.

 Our home base is located in greater Cincinnati and our fleet of 28 ambulances includes 4 MICU’s.  We provide ALS, BLS, and MICU ground transportation primarily in southwestern Ohio and also service several neighboring Ohio counties.  Among our satisfied customers are TriHealth hospitals and facilities, Mercy hospitals and facilities, Shriner’s Hospital of Cincinnati, and Hospice of Cincinnati.  We are also very proud to be the official ambulance provider for the Cincinnati Reds and Xavier University.

  Patient Transport Services is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado.  The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; and home health agencies.


PTS uses the RescueNet computer aided dispatch/billing system from Zoll Data Systems





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