St. Elizabeth Healthcare has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its ambulance company, TransCare of Kentucky Inc., to Rural/Metro Corp. TransCare provides 24-hour life support ambulance transportation to move patients to and from hospitals, medical testing or treatment facilities throughout Northern Kentucky. Rural/Metro has been in business for more than 50 years and is one of the nation’s leading providers of emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services and fire protection services, serving more than 400 communities throughout the United States.
The Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau reports that it saw a 12 percent increase in group business bookings in 2009 vs. 2008 bookings, representing a boost of nearly 12,000 hotel guest nights. “We focused on group markets like sports and religious organizations that offered the highest sales opportunities, especially with the new Bank of Kentucky Center fully operational for the entire year in 2009,” said Bureau President & CEO Tom Caradonio. For 2009, corporate travelers remained the largest market segment in Northern Kentucky, comprising 41 percent, followed by leisure (36 percent), meetings/conventions (20 percent), and government (2.5 percent). Total economic impact of visitor spending during 2009 in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties was $262 million, down 14.5 percent from $306 million in 2008.