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Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) is the region's largest, full service medical transportation provider in Northeastern PA with sub-stations located in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne & Wyoming counties.

CHEMS is an organization that was formed based on the premise of providing hometown, quality, prompt emergency medical services to the residents of Northeastern PA.

Commonwealth Health Services through Moses Taylor Hospital acquired two well-known and respected EMS providers in the region; Lackawanna/Wayne Ambulance and Community Life Systems. The decision was made to combine these organizations because their priority was one and the same; providing the most efficient, effective medical services to the patient with compassion and urgency.

CHEMS: the region's only choice for urgent, quality and compassionate patient care!

Delivering compassionate care...



 ... guided by hometown values.


About Us

CHEMS is a vital component of an integrated healthcare system; therefore, it understands that patient care starts at the onset of an emergency; not when the patient is admitted to the hospital. Rely on our qualified team of EMTs, paramedics and critical care specialists to care for you and your loved ones anytime, anywhere. CHEMS: where patient care is our priority!


CHEMS is committed to the communities it serves by supporting meaningful causes and maintaining a presence at area events.


CHEMS provides emergent & non-emergent BLS & ALS Ambulances, Wheelchair Vans, Bariatric Transports, Bike Team Services, Commonwealth One Critical Care Helicopter, Critical Care Ground Transport Units & a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Event Standby and 24/7/365 Dispatch Center. When it comes to pre-hospital medical emergency services, CHEMS has got you covered!


CHEMS offers community and professional education classes relating to a variety of lifesaving skills that can be held at your location or at a CHEMS facility. CHEMS is your source for education!