State hospitals to fund Community Paramedicine program


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Community Paramedicine Program will stay up and running in 2020 thanks to some area hospitals.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced Monday three hospitals are contributing $200,000 toward the program.

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“We are very thankful that our hospitals, UK HealthCare, CHI Saint Joseph Health and Baptist Health Lexington, are pulling together to help us keep our Community Paramedicine service in operation,” Gorton said. “It is an outstanding program. As a registered nurse, I understand how important it is. Community Paramedicine is a win for everyone, especially citizens, whose quality of life is often improved.”

The mayor’s office says the Community Paramedicine Program enables firefighters to take a more comprehensive approach to the care of patients who call 911 frequently for help with chronic, non-emergency problems, like mobility.

Fire Chief Kristin Chilton says the program provides long-term solutions.

“Through home visits, education, and individual assessments we are helping patients get the help they need for the best overall outcome,” Chilton said.

According to the mayor’s office, the Lexington’s Community Paramedicine program started in 2017 and continued through 2018, funded by a grant. Due to a tight city budget in 2019, Mayor Gorton was only able to fund the program for six months. The three hospitals contributions will fund the program in 2020.