Community Howard launches Paramedicine Program
Kokomo, IN—Community Howard Regional Health revealed today the hospital is launching a new program, Community Paramedicine, to provide additional, free at-home support and education to patients discharged from the hospital with certain chronic health concerns.
Through the Community Paramedicine program Community Howard paramedics will visit patients discharged from the hospital with chronic pulmonary or heart diseases at their homes with the goal of positively impacting the patient’s transition from the hospital to home. Along with greater peace of mind, patients will become empowered to make choices leading to better health outcomes and reduced visits to the emergency department or readmission into a hospital.
“Our mission is to help improve the health of this community and that extends beyond the care we deliver while patients are in our hospital,” said Joe Hooper, President of Community Howard. “We know that it can be difficult for patients with chronic diseases to properly manage their health once they are back home. By having one of our licensed paramedics go out to a patient’s home, sit with them and talk through how to best manage their disease we will be better able to help give the patient the tools they need to improve their health.”
All patients discharged from Community Howard receive a phone call within 24 hours after discharge to check on the status of the patient’s health and to answer questions. Patients identified to have a need for more in-depth follow up will now be visited by a paramedic through the Community Paramedicine program three days after their discharge. In the home the paramedic will provide education, identify barriers to improved health, assess the home for safety issues and make referrals to community resources as needed.
“Our ambulance crews are often called to a patients’ homes because of complications from a chronic illness that could have been avoided through better health management,” said Mark Jacobs, EMS Manager. “The issues can occur because the patient doesn’t understand the preventative health steps they should be taking, or a lack of resources like letting a needed prescription run out. Through the Community Paramedicine program we will be establishing a relationship with these patients and will offer support and work together with them to break down barriers that are preventing them from managing their health.”
About Community Howard Regional Health
Community Howard Regional Health, part of Community Health Network, offers high-quality, patient-centered services close to home. A compassionate and comfortable environment of care is provided at two hospital campuses—a full-service hospital (main campus) and rehabilitation hospital. The main campus offers primary and specialty inpatient and outpatient services, which include a heart program, behavioral health, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, emergency, sleep disorders, surgery, wound care, obstetrics and gynecology. Outpatient rehabilitation services are offered at Community Howard Specialty Hospital, located 15 minutes from the main campus. To learn more about Community Howard Regional Health, visit eCommunity.com/howard.