Fishers develops new service to offer medical care to residents

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – A one of a kind program could soon be up and running in Fishers. It’s called the We Care Community Paramedicine program.

Think of it as a modern day house call. The Fishers Town Council is discussing whether to partner its fire department with health care providers to prevent common ailments.

“All stakeholders in healthcare delivery have a shared responsibility to provide care and reduce costs, and I think this program is going to help that, said Fishers Fire Chief, Steve Orusa.

We Care is voluntary. It would enable the Fire and Emergency Services Department to follow up with town residents within 72 hours of them being discharged from the hospital. The town is partnering with Community Health Network for the free program.

“Individuals who are discharged from the hospital, a lot of information is shared and its very overwhelming,” said Shelley O’Connell of Community Health Network. “You just had a recent hospital stay and now you’re going home, and we need to manage that.”

“We make an appointment with them in their home and we do an evaluation and a coaching session on how to manage their disease in hopes that we prevent them from going back to the hospital again,” said Lt Josh Mehling of the Fishers Emergency Services Department.

The program would also open Fishers’ firehouses for free blood pressure monitoring.

Another program offered by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions would offer residents a free home safety check to prevent falls, fire, and other accidents.

“Further the continuum of care for our residents here in Fishers by engaging our residents in their home prior to an emergency actually happening,” said Scott Fadness, Fishers’ Town Manager

Once they get this program up and running, the next step is to develop a program to vaccinate children. The program must still get council approval, and that could happen by early October.

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