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Beginning today, Golder Ranch Fire District, in conjunction with Oro Valley Hospital, Northwest Allied Physicians, and Northwest and Avra Valley Fire Districts, is proud to announce that the Community Integrated Healthcare Program is officially available to fire district residents.

This pilot program will supplement the transitional care management program currently being used by Northwest Allied Physicians to reduce hospital re-admissions for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attack and pneumonia through a new program called the Community Integrated Healthcare Program. Community Integrated Paramedics work in concert with hospitals, primary care physicians, and specialists, to improve the overall health of the population we serve. By utilizing a combination of home visits and 24-hour support that work in tandem with the traditional 9-1-1 system, the Community Integrated Paramedic functions as both a patient advocate and the eyes and ears of the physician at the patient’s residence.

Golder Ranch Fire Community Integrated Paramedics have undergone an additional 60 hours of training in nutrition, pharmacology, lab value interpretation, smoking cessation, and disease specific processes. In addition to CHF, heart attack and pneumonia, the Community Integrated Paramedics will also address Diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

For complete information on the program, click the Community Integrated Healthcare Program banner above.

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