HCH starts Community Paramedic Program
By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
Harrison Community Hospital’s Community Paramedic Program is under way to help check on discharged patients. The program, which began in November, has gotten support from physicians and Westfall Auto Sales of Cadiz even donated a Ford Explorer for EMT’s to use during visits.
The free program allows qualified discharged patients to obtain a review by a visiting paramedic. The objective is to not only keep a patient healthy, but also to help reduce readmissions to the hospital.
Social Services Director Pam Parrish said the goal was two-fold: to improve health outcomes among medically vulnerable patients and to save the hospital money by preventing unnecessary ambulance transports, emergency room visits and hospital readmissions.
“It has to have a physician’s order and the services will be within the paramedic’s scope of practice,” said Parrish. “They monitor blood pressure and the heart, weight, do specimen collections and see if the patient is in compliance with prescriptions. They also do some patient education and work on at-home safety and risk assessments.”
Pictured are, from left, EMT Kevin Ingram, business owner Rick Westfall, Vickie Westfall, EMS Director Jim Horton, HCH Assistant Administrator Kevin Milligan and CEO/Administrator Cliff Harmon. For more information, call Horton at 740-942-6265.
See the full story in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.
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