Community Paramedic program
In its most basic form, Community Paramedicine (CP) is the provision of outreach to patients at risk for using the emergency medical or in-patient healthcare system for primary care services, and helping them find more appropriate resources for their medical needs. Providing these services may take many forms, and to be successful, it should be based on filling gaps for local needs.
In 2015, Camano Island Fire and Rescue introduced its own Community Paramedicine program – a medical emergency prevention program – to improve patient care and reduce emergency service costs for taxpayers. The program is one of several community paramedicine programs launched in Washington State to respond to changes in health care law.
Paramedic Ken Drewry, who serves as the medical services officer for the fire district, coordinates the program. Ken is pictured here with Geena Williams. Geena is a civilian EMT who has volunteered to assist with the program.