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DURHAM COUNTY EMS ADDS COMMUNITY PARAMEDICS WORKING TO FILL THE HEALTHCARE VOID

Post Date:12/15/2017

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– December 13, 2017

CONTACT:

Kathy Mellown

Durham County EMS PIO

919-475-4709 (c) 919-560-8235 (o)

kmellown@dconc.gov

 

DURHAM COUNTY EMS ADDS COMMUNITY PARAMEDICS WORKING TO FILL THE HEALTHCARE VOID

WHAT:              Durham County Emergency Medical Services Community Paramedic Program Deployment

WHEN:              Tuesday, December 19, 2017

                           10:30-11:30 a.m.

                           11:00 a.m. program

WHERE:            Durham County EMS Station 2

                           601 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701

 

  • Next week,  Durham County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will deploy its Community Paramedic Program, led by community paramedics trained to fill in the gaps in healthcare provided to the local homeless population, frequent 911 callers, people with behavioral crises and the underserved in our community.
  • A presentation of the program will take place at EMS Station 2 on December 19, 2017, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Durham County Community Paramedics, information, equipment and participating partners will be on hand during the presentation of the program authorized by the Board of County Commissioners in the County’s fiscal year 2017-18 budget.
  • Durham County EMS crews and community partners occasionally encounter people who need assistance beyond what can be provided in the moment. Durham County Community Paramedics will follow up on referrals received from EMS crews, and community partners including: Open Table Ministry, Durham Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries, Freedom and Hope Center, Alliance Behavioral Health Care, local hospitals and the Durham Recovery Response Center. 
  • Durham County Community Paramedics provide on-site assessments to determine, medical, physiological, social and housing needs for our patients to improve the well-being of Durham County citizens.
  • According to Community Paramedic Program Manager Captain Helen Tripp “We will work with all of our community partners to make the best connections to resources, so that our citizens can meet personal goals, find housing and employment. This will improve the health and well-being of our citizens.” 
  • Durham’s community paramedics are very experienced providers from the emergency medical services system with additional training in behavioral health, solo responder safety, chronic medical care and have a strong desire to make a difference in a person life.
  • Among responsibilities of community paramedics is following up with patients that have been treated in the field emergently from an opiate overdose. The community paramedic will provide a Naloxone (Narcan®) Kit, education on its use, and referral to local resources for treatment.

For more information, contact Durham County EMS Public Information Officer Kathy Mellown at 919-560-8235 or

kmellown@dconc.gov

 

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