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Judge rules Mary Black has to continue EMS services, will receive monthly payment from county

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GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On Friday, Cherokee County filed a motion for an injunction in hopes of stopping Mary Black Health System from discontinuing EMS services in the county.

In December 2017, Mary Black Health asked Cherokee County to provide emergency funding beginning in March 2018 and eventually take over EMS responsibility since the system said it has suffered significant financial stress by providing ambulance services to the county.

Mary Black has provided EMS to the county since 1984 without assistance.

In response to Mary Black Health System's request, the county said the purchase agreement in 1984 when the hospital was sold to a private healthcare provider should remain in effect, meaning EMS falls under the hospital's responsibility.

According to the injunction, Mary Black intends to stop EMS services in Cherokee County on Mar. 1.

Cherokee County said residents will "suffer immediate, irreparable harm without the injunction since there will be an imminent danger of death or other harm as a result of... willful failure to provide EMS service."

The injunction asks a court to order Mary Black to continue paying for EMS services until an underlying court case can determine how the two parties must proceed in the dispute.

On February 28, a judge ruled that Mary Black has to continue to provide EMS services, but the county has to pay the health system $45,000 per month.

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