PLYMOUTH — County commissioner Greg Compton recently purchased the assets of Advanced Care Transport, Plymouth’s medical transportation company that closed its doors recently due to alleged Medicaid fraud.
Compton, who is also branch manager of Key Bank in Plymouth, said that the purchase is a business venture. He is partnering with his wife and another couple — who did not want to be named — on the project.
“I heard (ACT) was closed, and I had been there for their grand opening,” said Compton Monday. “I remember thinking at the time, ‘This is a good company.’ They seemed to be doing good things.”
Compton said that Comcare Transit, the newly formed company over which he now serves as president, is licensed through the state of Indiana and began transporting clients last Wednesday. Comcare is running five vehicles right now — all former ACT vehicles — and Compton said the goal is to get 20 vehicles transporting clients by the end of this year.
Vehicles now transporting Comcare clients carry the company logo designed by Compton’s daughter.
“Just to do it quickly, we made up some magnets with the logo (for the vehicles),” said Compton.
Compton said he cannot comment on ACT’s alleged trouble with the law, but added, “One of the former owners of ACT will be working with us as a sales director in the near future.”
Compton would not say which of the former owners would be working for Comcare.
Comcare currently has 10 employees, most of which previously worked for ACT.
“Hopefully we can eventually bring back most of ACT’s former employees,” said Compton. “They had good employees and ran a good operation.”
Since opening Wednesday, Compton said the response from former ACT clients has been good.
“We’ve had a lot of runs,” said Compton. “Our schedule for this week is filled…There are a lot of Medicaid patients out there that need this service.”
Compton said that Comcare’s operating license is on an emergency basis right now. Later, a temporary license will be issued until the company receives their permanent licensing. They are licensed to operate in eight counties: Marshall, Starke, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Fulton, Pulaski, and LaPorte.
When ACT was open, the company protested other transportation companies that attempted to operate in the area. Fifteen protests were filed by ACT with the Indiana Department of Revenue according to spokesperson Chetrice Mosley, but none were granted.
When Compton was asked whether Comcare Transit will protest other companies, he responded, “Maybe — although I don’t think protest is the term I would use. It’s kind of the way of doing things…I’ve heard.”
Compton’s future goals for the company include exploring environmentally friendly fuel alternatives. He expects to be running at ACT’s former capacity by the end of this year. Comcare Transit is using the same building that formerly housed ACT on 4A Road, and the phone number is also the same.
“We have formed a new corporation,” said Compton, adding, “We want to make as smooth of a transition as we can.”