Kirby Medical Center Ambulance
Monticello Ambulance Service
Kirby’s highly-trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the Kirby
Ambulance Service. Recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health
as an Advanced Life Support Service, our paramedic units are able to provide
Advanced Life Support to adults, children, and infants. We also partner
with AirLife to offer emergency air medical transportation services to
those who need it.
Driving to the Hospital vs. Calling an Ambulance
This can sometimes seem like a difficult decision. On the one hand, you
will have to wait for an ambulance to arrive before going to a hospital,
which can be stressful. On the other, the paramedics can provide emergency
care on the way to the hospital and will be able to navigate traffic much
faster than you can.
Your first step should be to call 911 and, as calmly as possible, explain
the situation to them. An operator can instruct you on what you can do
to help the situation. They will ask for your location and immediately
The ambulance is almost always the best option for taking the patient to
the hospital. Trained paramedics can best facilitate immediate care of
the patient and inform the nearest hospital of the situation so they can
prepare. Additionally, during an emergency you may not be in the best
state of mind to operate a vehicle. Do not attempt to drive to the hospital
unless the 911 operator instructs you to, or you do not have access to a phone.
Our ambulance service is involved in many public relations and teaching
programs. These include, and are not limited to:
- Neighborhood Medic Home Visits
- Adopt-A-Medic (school-related)
- CPR/AED classes for the general public and healthcare providers
- Assisting with obtaining AED’s for public facilities
- The Allerton Run and Fourth of July weekend at Lodge Park and Bement.
You can find more information on these programs under “Community Services.”