Greenville-Based Thorne Ambulance Announces Grand Strand Expansion

AmbulanceThorne Ambulance Service, LLC. (TAS), a South Carolina-based mobile healthcare provider, is pleased to announce the opening of its Myrtle Beach, South Carolina location. This announcement comes as the Grand Strand Medical Center names Thorne Ambulance as its new medical transport provider. TAS will officially open their new location on December 21st, and will offer patient-centered care to include Basic and Advanced Life Support ambulance and wheelchair-bound patient transport services.

Ryan Thorne, Founder & CEO, expressed enthusiasm about the new launch, stating, “our expansion to the Grand Strand provides an excellent opportunity to extend the care and compassion that we have provided to the Upstate for more than a decade. As a family owned and operated organization, we feel that we are in a unique and exciting position to positively impact the lives of those living in and visiting the Myrtle Beach area.”

"For a decade Thorne Ambulance Service has provided excellent service to the people of upstate South Carolina”, states House Representative Stewart Jones from the 14th District. “They understand every aspect of providing great customer service and have the best personnel in the industry for first responders. I've seen them save many lives in Laurens County, including providing emergency care to my own family on multiple occasions. Thorne Ambulance Service will be an incredible asset to save lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina."

With a $1.5 million investment into the Myrtle Beach community, Thorne Ambulance Service has increased their workforce development initiatives and have geared them toward building a skilled workforce across the region. Thorne has allocated funds that will be utilized to provide Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and paramedic training to those who are unable to afford the schooling, while providing individuals a full-time job opportunity that works around their educational schedule. “As a service commitment to the communities we serve, our aim is to improve quality of life through patient-centered care, education, training and job readiness. As a company we have built incredible partnerships with the hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare communities throughout South Carolina”, states Bart Thorne, Co-Founder of Thorne Ambulance Service. “The community associates quality and compassion with our brand, and we are so thankful for the opportunity that we have been given to serve our coastal citizens.”

In 2018, Thorne Ambulance Service was recognized as the third fastest growing small business in South Carolina by the SC BIZ News. In 2017, 2018 & 2019, members of the TAS team received state and national recognition for their contributions to the ambulance industry. Over the course of the past decade, the organization has invested over $20 million into the local economy, in the form of job creation and through local vendor partnerships. “More importantly, we have positively impacted the lives of the very people who visit and reside within South Carolina”, states Ryan Thorne. In 2019 alone, Thorne provided service to nearly 20,000 patients throughout the state.

Grand Strand Health is a multi-facility health system located on the coast of the Grand Strand community. Grand Strand Health is comprised of one 371-bed acute care hospital, Grand Strand Medical Center, two freestanding ER facilities (South Strand Medical Center and North Strand ER) and outpatient medical services. Grand Strand Medical Center is a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Affiliated with Grand Strand Health are a number of physician practices that provide heart and vascular care, spine and neuro care, surgical care, orthopedic care, plastic surgery, breast care and primary care. In 2015, Grand Strand Medical Center became a teaching hospital and has expanded its residency programs to six: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Transitional Care. These quality-focused services work together to provide excellence in medical care to residents in our communities.
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