Prompt Ambulance

Prompt Ambulance will lay off 140 employees when it closes this year.

Prompt Ambulance will lay off 140 employees when it closes its Lake County emergency operations, according to a filing with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Prompt, based in Highland, was required to file a WARN notice of a "mass separation" under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The law is meant to give departing employees adequate time to find new work.

According to the letter, the layoffs will begin in phases around Oct. 29 and be completed by Dec. 31.

Prompt announced earlier this summer it would shut down its Lake County emergency operations by the first quarter of 2018. Co-owners Gary and Shar Miller plan to retire. Prompt did ambulance service for East Chicago, Dyer, Griffith, Highland and Munster.

After Prompt stopped providing services earlier this year to Lake Station and Merrillville, some former employees went to work for the new providers, New Lenox, Illinois-based Kurtz Ambulance and Elmhurst, Illinois-based Superior Ambulance. Munster has already signed a new agreement with Superior.

Prompt retained its operations in Rensselaer, Lafayette, Logansport and Frankfort, Indiana, as well as its dispatch center to provide on-call medical transport.

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Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.