Acadian Ambulance acquires N.O. area company

Acadian Ambulance Service has strengthened its New Orleans-area service with the acquisition of Harvey-based Care Ambulance.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Care Ambulance serves the Tulane health system, Touro Infirmary and several nursing homes and hospices. The company has about 30 employees.

Lafayette-based Acadian has offered jobs to all of those workers, said Steve Kuiper, the company’s regional vice president. The expected additions will give Acadian more than 200 medics in the New Orleans area. Acadian has about 3,000 employees in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Frank Graff, vice president of Care Ambulance, will join Acadian as a consultant.

Acadian, which didn’t buy any of Care’s vehicles, has 35 ambulances in the New Orleans area. Acadian, founded in 1971, moved into the New Orleans market in 2004. The company handles both non-emergency and emergency calls in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, the city-owned ambulance service, handles calls within the city limits. Acadian is the only ambulance service in St. Bernard Parish.