Without a local hospital, the citizens of Jessamine County do not have access to the most basic of all services - health care. This is unacceptable. Jessamine County has one of the finest emergency medical response systems in the Commonwealth. The lack of local hospital services, however, is dangerous for Jessamine County citizens who experience medical emergencies and have to travel to Lexington hospitals to receive care. Instead of being treated close to home at a hospital in our own community, Jessamine County residents generally go to Fayette County, which can mean a 45 minute trip. This is far too long when someone is critically ill or injured and a few minutes may make the difference between life and death. Even though Fayette County borders Jessamine County, none of the Fayette County hospitals are close enough to address the needs of Jessamine County residents for emergency medical services in an acceptable manner.