Md. fire dept. partners with hospital to launch mobile paramedic service

BY: Sarah Meehan / The Baltimore Sun – EMS1


Baltimore City Fire Department officials hope the pilot program will reduce strains on first responders and emergency rooms.

BALTIMORE — Nurses and doctors are partnering with paramedics in a new mobile service to bring treatment directly to patients in West Baltimore in a pilot program city officials hope will reduce strains on the city’s Fire Department and emergency rooms.

The two-year pilot program aims to prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and ambulance trips while also helping patients returning from the hospital manage chronic conditions at home.

The first patients were enrolled in May 2018, and officials unveiled the program, dubbed Mobile Integrated Healthcare — Community Paramedicine, at a news conference at the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.

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