Community paramedicine is a relatively new and evolving healthcare model. It allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health and primary healthcare and preventive services to underserved populations in the community. The goal is to improve access to care and avoid duplicating existing services.
Assist hospitals and others identify high-risk chronic patients and locate appropriate medical resources to benefit their healthcare and support needs. Deliver the highest level of care to these patients in a caring and compassionate manner.
Goals of the Program:
- Aid in the efforts to decrease unnecessary visits to the emergency room
- Aid in the efforts to decrease hospital readmission rates
- Identify gaps in care and support services
- Provide education and connect patients with appropriate resources and help them overcome challenges (physical health, mental health, basic living needs, socio-economic, etc.)
- Ensure patients have support systems in place other than the emergency department
Working in Collaboration With:
- Center for Siouxland
- Family Health Care of Siouxland
- MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center
- Siouxland Community Health
- Siouxland Dialysis
- Siouxland District Health Center
- Siouxland Family Medicine
- Siouxland Mental Health Center
- UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s
- UnityPoint Health -St. Luke’s Siouxland PACE
- Woodbury County Mental Health Services
- And many others as needed
- Health Assessments
- Chronic Disease Management
- Medication Compliance
- Hospital Discharge Follow Up
- Connect to Community Services
- And More!
Accomplishments of the Program
- Pilot started with 8 patients, today has expanded to 45 patients.
- Reduction in 911 calls for non-urgent, non-transport services that are not reimbursable.
- In the first year, emergency department visits at one hospital for this group decreased by 40%.
- At this same hospital, inpatient admissions decreased by 57%.
“I just wanted to let you know that you guys are SOOOOO much appreciated! We had a meeting with Mary yesterday and she said that she hasn’t been to the hospital since March and the Assessment Center since May. That is a LONG time for her. She said that she calls you guys first and it has helped A LOT.”
For more information about the Siouxland Community Paramedicine Program and its impact,
call (712) 258-1313.