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Golder Ranch Fire district to offer new program to district residents

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Golder Ranch Fire District will be offering a new medical service to residents in the district. 

Officials with Golder Ranch Fire District, in partnership with Oro Valley Hospital and Northwest Allied Physicians will offer a new program called the Community Integrated Healthcare Program, according to a new release.  This new program hopes to reduce the number of hospital re-admissions of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attacks or pneumonia.

This new service will be provided by Community Integrated paramedics in the district; these paramedics will essentially become the eyes and ears of the physician at a patient's residence, through home visits and 24-hour support. 

Community Integrated Paramedics were given 60 additional hours of training in the following - nutrition, pharmacology, lab value interpretation, smoking cessation and disease specific processes.  They will also address diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Each home visit the patient will undergo an environmental evaluation, physical assessment (vital signs, lab values and EKG), as well as a medication reconciliation and discharge instruction compliance.  This information will then be transmitted to the patient's doctor via a secure email.  In addition when a patient calls 911 or is transported to the hospital their doctor will receive a copy of the patient care report.

Participating in this new program is provided at no additional cost to either the patient or their family.  Those eligible are patients recently released from Oro Valley Hospital, with any of the above health issues and go to Northwest Allied Physicians. To be eligible they must also reside in the Golder Ranch, Northwest or Avra Valley Fire districts. 

“Golder Ranch Fire is proud to bring this level of care to the residents of our Fire District, and those in the Northwest and Avra Valley Fire Districts,” stated Fire Chief Randy Karrer, in a recent release. “Working with our partners – Oro Valley Hospital, Northwest Allied Physicians, and the Northwest and Avra Valley Fire Districts, the residents of this region will benefit from this enhanced level of care.”

For more information about the Community Integrated Healthcare Program, please go online to www.grfdaz.gov or www.grmhs.org.

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