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Medavie EMS Receives Funding for Community Paramedicine Programs in Chatham-Kent from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Company - MEMSO Chatham-Kent

October 15, 2014

CHATHAM-KENT, ON Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Yesterday afternoon, the Ontario

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced provincial funding for community paramedic
programs, including 2 different programs that will benefit residents of Chatham-Kent.

“We are grateful for the support and funding we are receiving from the Ministry,” says Alan
DeVillaer C-K Municipality spokesperson. “This is great news for the residents of Chatham-Kent.
Community Paramedicine programs have the potential to improve patient access to care as
well as enable better health-care delivery and service coordination for seniors and those in
need.” The community paramedicine programs are designed to complement the current local
ambulance services and will not impact the current municipal budget or response times.

The first program will help enable Chatham-Kent paramedics that are already in the community
deliver enhanced and better care using their existing skill set utilizing existing EMS system
capacity. The second program will work with existing health-care partners in the community,
such as the Chatham-Kent Health Link, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, and the Local Health
Integration Network (LHIN), to collaborate, develop and implement a dedicated community
paramedic. The 2 programs will leverage similar successful programs from other provinces. 

Categories - Community Paramedicine