Wednesday, July 8, 2020
87 F
Ocala

Agencies partner to launch Ocala’s first Community Paramedicine program

Ocala Fire Rescue has launched the city’s first Community Paramedicine program.

The agency partnered with AdventHealth Ocala and the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County to establish the program, which is focused on addressing the medical needs of low-income, uninsured community members. It is designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

Ocala Fire Rescue has partnered with AdventHealth Ocala and the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County to establish the city’s first Community Paramedicine program.

The Community Paramedicine program mirrors those in Manatee County, Orlando and Gainesville. It ensures patients with chronic health issues, including congestive heart failure and opiate use disorder, receive personalized support before calling 911. In addition to at-home care, the program also is expected to reduce unnecessary EMS transport, hospital readmissions and emergency room visits.

In 2019, Ocala Fire Rescue responded to more than 19,000 EMS calls, with 80 percent of those resulting in hospital ER visits. Unwarranted hospital visits can become a financial burden for patients with chronic health issues and through the new program, the agencies involved hope to alleviate the burden to get patients the right care at the right time.

The CP program will complete at least 25 home visits each week. During those, paramedics will monitor the patient’s condition, provide coaching of at-home health practices and verify that the patient is adhering to the prescribed medication schedule. Paramedics also will assess a patient’s living conditions and provide referrals to community resources when necessary.

“The Community Paramedicine Program is an outstanding example of partnership and cooperation between agencies to better serve our citizens and visitors,” said Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander. “The patients we serve are real people that we engage with to improve lives. This is an example of innovative and proactive processes that we all should seek out to make Ocala/Marion a better place to live, play and prosper.”

Patients can enroll in the program upon discharge from AdventHealth Ocala. They will be provided care for a minimum of 30 days or a maximum of 90 days if the patient’s condition warrants further contact. Care provided by the program will come at no cost to the patient.

“AdventHealth Ocala made a promise to elevate health care, to solve some of the community gaps in care, and to remove barriers such as a lack of transportation or insurance for people needing care,” said President and CEO Joe Johnson. “We are excited to partner with Ocala Fire Rescue and Community Foundation Ocala/Marion County to make sure patients get the right care at the right time while we build on our promise to provide exceptional, high-quality health care to our community.”

In collaboration with AdventHealth Ocala, and to further protect patient confidentiality, Ocala Fire Rescue will prioritize heavy users of 911 and emergency department services. The Community Foundation will provide data tracking and evaluation assistance, ensuring the program’s success.

To learn more about the Community Paramedicine program, contact Lauren Deiorio, Community Foundation president and executive director, at (352) 622-5020, ext. 102 or at Lauren@OcalaFoundation.org.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

Video catches Ocala men in Fourth of July attack

Two Ocala men were arrested after they were caught on video attacking a man and woman and causing property damage at a Fourth of July party.

Gainesville man caught with marijuana in Belleview traffic stop

A Gainesville man was charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license after he was pulled over in Belleview.

Belleview man says he stole truck to get back to girlfriend and baby

A Belleview man who admitted to stealing a truck said he did it because he is homeless and needed to get back to his girlfriend and newborn baby.

Man nabbed on multitude of charges when strike team raids Ocala residence

A man was arrested Wednesday when agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team and the Ocala Police Department’s SWAT team raided an Ocala residence.

Business

Historic 12-room inn near Downtown Ocala on the market for just under $1.2 million

The Shamrock Historic Inn offers 12 guest rooms with ‘cozy and eclectic’ themes and a manager/owner apartment.

Bryant tabbed to serve as vice chair of Florida Association of Counties committee

Marion County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax & Administration Committee.

Chuck E Cheese Ocala off list of nationwide closures amidst company bankruptcy filing

Chuck E Cheese in Ocala was not included in the list of restaurant locations closed by the company as a result of their bankruptcy filing last week.

Local business owner asking for donations to benefit family of late soldier

A local business owner is asking the community for donations to help the family of a late solider. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

Video catches Ocala men in Fourth of July attack

Two Ocala men were arrested after they were caught on video attacking a man and woman and causing property damage at a Fourth of July party.

Ocala City Council OKs $225,500 contract with new city manager

The Ocala City Council officially approved a contract Tuesday night that will pay its new city manager an annual base salary of $225,500.

65 percent of Marion County’s COVID-19 cases reported in Ocala

Sixty-five percent of the COVID-19 cases in Marion County have been reported in Ocala.

Gainesville man caught with marijuana in Belleview traffic stop

A Gainesville man was charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license after he was pulled over in Belleview.

More articles like this