How some emergency responders are trying to keep people well and out of the hospital

Paramedics are trained to respond to emergency situations, but a growing number are being trained to answer a different call. Daphne Russell, for instance. She’s a licensed paramedic with United Ambulance in Lewiston, Maine. The visits she makes to people’s homes are not because someone called 911. They’re┬ábecause someone made an appointment. Daphne helped develop a home visit program in her community. It’s one example of a national trend called community paramedicine. In this podcast, Daphne explains the concept and how United’s program works.

For more information

If you’d like to learn more about Community Paramedicine, here are some resources for you:

Maine EMS

Maine EMS Community Paramedicine Pilot Program Evaluation

Community Paramedicine/Rural Health Information Hub

United Ambulance Home Visit Program (You can also contact Daphne here.)

United Ambulance Education Division

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now she writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.