Jan-Care Ambulance Service Inc. was established in 1970 in Oak Hill by Richard Cornett, who recognized that patient transportation needs were not being adequately met by the funeral home services at the time.

Cornett envisioned a service of high quality, compassionate patient care and transportation that would meet the needs of the growing communities of West Virginia and he has devoted his life to providing that care. During that time, the company has grown by leaps and bounds.

Today, Jan-Care serves communities across West Virginia and Ohio. The company offers a full range of medical transportation services, ranging from the most advanced high-risk critical care emergency transports — such as neonatal and ventilator patients as well as patients requiring cardiac surgical intervention — to emergency and non-emergency services, including pre-scheduled admissions and discharges, emergency scene response, transportation to and from doctors’ offices and nursing homes as well as other treatment centers such as dialysis, radiation and physical therapy.

Jan-Care also serves as the primary 911 provider in many of the communities it serves.

In addition to state-of-the-art medical transports, Jan-Care provides a one-of-a-kind communications center staffed with certified emergency medical dispatchers to coordinate transportation to meet the public’s needs at no added cost but significant benefit to patients and customers. Jan-Care will work with individual hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities to coordinate an appropriate and timely response to meet the community’s needs.

Jan-Care makes a point of challenging paramedics, EMTs and communicators to be technically proficient while providing compassionate care. The company achieved this goal and created a dynamic presence in ambulance transportation in West Virginia by employing only the best. By motivating, empowering and treating each of its employees with respect and consistency, the company boasts of having the highest caliber of employees in the industry. “Our tireless efforts to determine the best possible and most appropriate patient care has made us leaders and educators in the medical transportation services,” a company spokesperson said.

The company, in conjunction with RESA, offers EMT Basic classes throughout the state of West Virginia. “Our classes are taught using the 120-hour national registry EMT-Basic standard, and we offer the classes as a community service to the general public.

This means that if you are interested in getting into the EMS field, this class is for you. Our classes are very low cost and staffed by professional, full-time EMT instructors. Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to test for your national registry EMT-B card. With this card you will be able to obtain your state EMT card. Although Jan-Care teaches these classes, you do not have to come to work for Jan-Care upon completion.”

The company’s primary training center is located in Beckley, but classes also are taught at training centers in Morgantown and Huntington.

Jan-Care also is actively involved in each of the communities it serves. “Other ways in which the company serves the community is by offering CPR and first aid classes, sponsoring parties at local nursing homes and supporting local high school sports teams. “Our people are available to teach Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Advanced First Aid classes in hopes that the training we give to private citizens may also help to save lives. Jan-Care also employs BTLS, PHTLS, PALS, ACLS, EMT, and Paramedic Instructors.

Richard L. Cornett II, the company’s president and owner, said Jan-Care has a core philosophy that employees always are taught: “Respect and take care of your equipment; it is used to save lives. Know how to do your job, keep your training updated; people depend on you.

And most important of all, always put patient care first, above money, above the company, above your own pride. If you put patient care first, you will never have a problem with me or this company.

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