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Rural Project Examples: Community paramedics

Effective Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Livingston County Help For Seniors
Updated/reviewed August 2016
  • Need: Geriatric patients in rural Livingston County, NY had unmet needs, including the identification and treatment of health issues, as well as preventive services.
  • Intervention: The program Help for Seniors developed vodcasts to train local EMTs how to care for and screen older adults, as well provide further interventions as needed.
  • Results: In addition to developing a successful model for educating EMS personnel, the program screened 1,231 individuals and identified various risks among the population.
Abbeville County’s Community Paramedic Program
Added December 2015
  • Need: To reduce non-emergent visits to the emergency department as well as inpatient stays in rural South Carolina.
  • Intervention: A community paramedic program was started in Abbeville County, providing in-home preventive care to patients.
  • Results: Emergency room visits have decreased by 58.7% and inpatient stays by 60%. Many patients previously needing consistent services now only need occasional check-ups.

Other Project Examples

Rugby Community Paramedic Program
Added November 2017
  • Need: Low patient volumes, a shortage of EMS volunteers, and an aging population in a 5-county North Dakota region required a change in the way the Rugby EMS team delivered care.
  • Intervention: Through the Rugby Community Paramedic Program, EMS staff bring medical care to patients transitioning back into their homes, including those with chronic conditions and hospice patients.
  • Results: The program's early intervention methods helped reduce the number of emergency room admissions and the escalation of medical conditions. Patient satisfaction has improved and the program has gained the trust of patients and medical staff in Rugby and surrounding areas.
Eagle County Community Paramedic
Updated/reviewed February 2017
  • Need: Rural areas nationwide have shortages of primary care providers and home health programs.
  • Intervention: Eagle County Paramedic Services is utilizing community paramedics in the provision of non-acute home care and assistance with immunizations and screenings in rural areas where it is difficult for these services to be accessed.
  • Results: The pilot program was featured at the 2010 International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine. After 18 months of implementing the program, a net total of $288,028 in healthcare costs was saved.