Community healthcare and public safety partners joined Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today to announce the launch of a new Mobile Community Healthcare Program designed to better serve the health needs of residents and save the county money.
“I care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our citizens,” said Executive Gardner. “That’s why I am so excited to announce an integrated mobile community health program to provide better health outcomes and a better quality of life for our citizens.”
A partnership between Frederick County’s Division of Fire and Rescue Services, the Frederick County Health Department and the Frederick Regional Health System, the Mobile Community Healthcare Program will work with frequent utilizers of the emergency health care system to determine what services and resources they may need to address their needs and reduce calls to 9-1-1.
The team includes a paramedic and a nurse or nurse practitioner who will make home visits to participants. Visits may include assessing home safety and the risk of falls, reviewing medications, or evaluating a person’s physical or mental health. Participants are referred to the program based on frequency of calls to 9-1-1 and by allied health professionals. Participation is voluntary.
In 2017, there were 105 citizens in Frederick County who called 9-1-1 five or more times, combining for more than 1,200 calls for service. Altogether, the cost for the county to serve these 105 people was approximately $797,000. The Mobile Community Healthcare Program initially will focus on two dozen participants. Participants may be better served by gaining access to a variety of health care providers, social service agencies and community resources to help resolve their needs.
The Mobile Community Healthcare team does not replace a person’s primary physician. In fact, with a participant’s permission, the team may work with their health care providers to provide the best possible health outcomes. By providing personalized assistance, the frequency of 9-1-1 calls will be reduced, thus saving taxpayer funds.
For more information, contact MCH Program Manager Lisa Lessin at 301-600-0624 or via email at DFRSMCH@FrederickCountyMD.gov.