Minn. hospital expands community paramedic program for nonemergency calls

By: Jeremy Olson / EMS1

Leaders said the program in its first six years has produced measurable results, including lower costs by helping people avoid intensive medical services they don’t need

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — North Memorial’s community paramedic program is expanding to provide more at-home, nonemergency support to people who might otherwise call 911 for costly and avoidable ambulance rides.

A UCare health plan grant is extending the reach of the Twin Cities program to include Faribault, Forest Lake and Princeton. Leaders said the program in its first six years has produced measurable results, including lower costs by helping people avoid intensive medical services they don’t need.

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