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Knox County denies AMR's protest over Rural/Metro EMS contract

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Knox County Purchasing Division has denied a protest filed by American Medical Response earlier this week.

Recently an evaluation committee suggested Knox County continue its EMS contract with Rural/Metro of Tennessee.

American Medical Response filed a protest with the Knox County Purchasing Department, which claimed there were significant flaws in the recent EMS contract recommendation.  Knox County Purchasing Director Hugh Holt said after a careful review, he denied AMR's protest and determined it was without merit.   

AMR's protest pointed out that the overall score was very close, with Rural/Metro winning the contract by only 72 points. Four of the seven committee members gave AMR a high score.

In its protest, AMR raised questions whether there were conflicts of interest in the scoring process.  According to Knox County, the members of the contract's evaluation committee have many years of experience and are representative of the Health Department.  Holt said there was no proof committee members discounted AMR's proposal during the evaluation process.

AMR spokesperson Mike Cohen said his organization disagrees with Knox County Purchasing's decision.  In a statement, Cohen said AMR is reviewing the county's response and considering whether to submit more appeals.  

In the end, county commissioners have a final say. Knox County Commissioners will vote on the recommendation during their Dec. 17 meeting. 

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American Medical Response filed a protest with the Knox County Purchasing Department, which claimed there were significant flaws in the recent EMS contract recommendation.

An evaluation committee suggested Knox County continue its contract with Rural Metro of Tennessee.

In AMR's protest, it pointed out the overall score was very close, with Rural Metro winning the contract by only 72 points. Four of the seven committee members gave AMR a high score.

Now, AMR is raising questions whether there were conflicts of interest in the scoring process. AMR spokesperson Mike Cohen said he hopes Knox County will admit it made mistakes.

"We hope the county will realize it made some mistakes," said Cohen. "That it had some people involved that should not have been involved, and either re-do it, or re-calculate it taking those problems into account, and come up with a correct choice."

In the end, county commissioners have a final say. Knox County Commissioners will vote on the recommendation during their Dec. 17th meeting.

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