Community healthcare and public safety partners have joined with Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner to announce the launch of a new Mobile Community Healthcare Program designed to better serve the health needs of residents and save the county money.
“I care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our citizens,” said Executive Gardner. “That’s why I am so excited to announce an integrated mobile community health program to provide better health outcomes and a better quality of life for our citizens.”
A partnership between Frederick County’s Division of Fire and Rescue Services, the Frederick County Health Department and the Frederick Regional Health System, the Mobile Community Healthcare Program will work with frequent utilizers of the emergency health care system to determine what services and resources they may need to address their needs and reduce calls to 9-1-1.
The team includes a paramedic and a nurse or nurse practitioner who will make home visits to participants. Visits may include assessing home safety and the risk of falls, reviewing medications, or evaluating a person’s physical or mental health. Participants are referred to the program based on frequency of calls to 9-1-1 and by allied health professionals. Participation is voluntary.
The program targets frequent callers to 9-1-1 communications. Last year 105 individuals made 1,200 calls for service requiring dispatch of EMS units for a total cost of almost $800,000. The goal of the Mobile Community Healthcare Program is to have a paramedic and nurse visit these individuals to assess their needs, connect them to services, improve their health outcomes, and save money by reducing EMS dispatches.
This program will result in a better health for people and will save taxpayer money. I true win-win for everyone!