NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) The Duke Endowment has approved a grant to the CarolinaEast Foundation in the amount of $287,000 to fund the establishment of a community paramedicine program for Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties.
The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits.
CarolinaEast’s Endowment grant will be used to establish a community paramedicine program that provides education and coordination to Heart Failure patients as well as high utilizers of Emergency Medical Services across three counties.
The intent of the program is to increase available resources, level of independent living, and overall health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations while decreasing their dependence on inpatient, emergency department care, and the EMS system.
CarolinaEast data from HF patients discharged in 2018 and 2019 confirms that 33% are sent home without a primary care provider.
This gap in care will be filled with the community paramedicine program allowing those initial visits to be arranged prior to discharge.
The community paramedic will then be able to visit and evaluate the identified patients and help educate and mitigate risks, identify needed resources, and assist with the coordination of those resources.
“It is an honor to partner with The Duke Endowment to bring community paramedicine to the people of Eastern North Carolina,” said Jim Davis, Chief Nursing Officer for CarolinaEast Health System. “This is a program that will serve some of the most vulnerable in our communities and we are excited to get started. Thank you to The Duke Endowment for this investment.”
In North Carolina, approximately two dozen of 100 counties have community paramedic programs; 15 other counties are in the planning stages.
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