Atrium Medical Center Partners With City of Monroe to Improve Hospital Patients' Health Outcomes
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Atrium Medical Center Partners With City of Monroe
to Improve Hospital Patients’ Health Outcomes
MONROE, Ohio (August 28, 2018): Patients who are discharged from Atrium Medical Center and who live in Monroe could now receive a follow-up call at home from a paramedic.
Atrium – a full-service hospital and Level III Emergency Trauma Center serving Butler and Warren counties – is partnering with the City of Monroe’s Fire Department on a pilot program to reduce hospital readmissions. The new partnership expands Monroe’s highly successful paramedicine program that has been in place since 2015.
Atrium and Atrium Medical Center Foundation are providing a $37,500 grant to Monroe to expand the paramedicine program – and buy Bluetooth-enabled equipment to support the effort. The technology will allow for secure communications of patient medical records with paramedics. In the future, the technology will also allow participating physicians to review historical and real-time patient data.
The paramedicine program will test how the follow-up care from a Monroe paramedic with Atrium Medical Center patients improves the health outcomes of hospital patients once they return home.
“Atrium Medical Center staff are excited to partner on the innovative pilot program with the City of Monroe’s fire and EMS department. The goal is to prevent hospital patients from being readmitted to the hospital. In general, we expect patients with fewer hospital stays are healthier, have a better recovery, and have lower health care costs,” said Michael Uhl, president of Atrium Medical Center.
Target criteria for patients eligible for a paramedic home visit include patients who are 65 and older, have given permission to be contacted by the paramedic, and have conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, hip replacement, knee replacement and more. There will be exceptions to the criteria for patients who have been treated and identified by Atrium Medical Center as having a need for the paramedic visit.
“Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve, which is what this program strives to do, and we are constantly looking for new and different ways to work with community partners to address local health issues,” Uhl said.
“We are excited about this new venture with Atrium Medical Center,” said Monroe Fire Chief John Centers. “It is outstanding when two entities have the same goals in the care of some of our most complicated cases. Our short-term interventional program will provide needed follow-up with our senior population. We are providing necessary follow-up to patients whom otherwise have no resources readily available such as friends or family monitoring their individual needs. While we have had many successes in our program already, this new partnership greatly expands our reach.”
About Premier Health
Based in Dayton, Ohio, Premier Health (www.premierhealth.com) has a mission to improve the health of the communities it serves. The health system operates three hospitals: Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with additional inpatient sites in Centerville and Englewood; Atrium Medical Center in Middletown; and Upper Valley Medical Center in Miami County. In addition, the health system offers a wide range of care choices, including virtual care; e-visits; a telestroke network and other telehealth options; an urgent care network; free-standing emergency departments; a large primary and specialty care network; and home health services. Atrium Medical Center is a full-service hospital and Level III Trauma Center located conveniently along the Interstate 75 corridor at exit 32, One Medical Center Drive in Middletown, between Cincinnati and Dayton. Atrium is a member of the Dayton-based nonprofit Premier Health system.