New Videos Demonstrate Benefits of Community Paramedicine in West Virginia

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Community Paramedicine. You’ve heard of it, right?

But do you know exactly what it is, and how it works?

Community Paramedicine is increasingly being recognized as a powerful approach to providing healthcare in rural communities, and a new set of videos released in West Virginia this month aims to explain the benefit of community paramedicine to both patients and healthcare providers.

This form of expanded care – often referred to as mobile integrated healthcare services – is delivered by nationally-registered paramedics who have received additional training. It’s been shown to help lessen unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency department visits while enhancing access to quality care for patients.

The videos were produced by the health system improvement organization Quality Insights, in partnership with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA), the Partners in Health Network and Jan Care.

You can watch them now at

“Community paramedicine is filling a gap of needs within our communities,” says Monica Mason, Director of Community Paramedicine at KCEAA. “Once patients are discharged from the hospital, our paramedics go out into the home and visit them to ensure that the plan of care from the hospital is continued to the home until they get back to their doctor’s office for follow-up and further recommendations.”

Mason is one of a growing number of health professionals that believes community paramedicine can have a positive effect on decreasing overall healthcare costs by treating patients before they need to call 9-1-1.

A community paramedic can address both medical and social needs. Community paramedics can provide home safety assessments, triage and referral services, chronic disease management education, support for family caregivers, medication compliance support, vaccinations and more.

Learn more about Quality Insights Community Paramedicine initiative at


Dr. Amy Parker Sayre and Kathy Gillenwater Hill, NP will be joining Dr. Chad Adkins in the new BMH Family Medical Center (former BMH Admin/ER), with an anticipated opening of January 2018. Their clinic will be located on the 2nd floor (former BMH Administration Suite) and the Rapid Care Clinic will move from State Street to the 1st floor (former BMH ER). Dr. Adkins, Dr. Sayre and Kathy Hill, NP are now accepting new patients. 



CVS Health Corp Agreed To Buy Health Insurer Aetna Inc For $69 Billion

Pharmacy giant CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion blockbuster acquisition that could rein in health-care costs and transform its 9,700 pharmacy storefronts into community medical hubs for primary care and basic procedures, the companies announced Sunday afternoon.

The pharmacy chain agreed to buy Aetna for about $207 per share, broken down into $145 in cash and the rest in stock. The deal — the biggest health-care merger announced in more than a year — is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to approval by shareholders and regulators.

If approved, the megamerger would create a giant consumer health-care company with a familiar presence in thousands of communities. Aetna chief executive Mark T. Bertolini described the vision in an interview as “creating a new front door for health care in America.”

In Boone County, Celebrating “The Power of Rural” On National Rural Health Day

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National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America.

It also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, organizations like the West Virginia Rural Health Association, and others to address those challenges.

On Thursday, November 16, Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison will host National Rural Health Day events, including “Healthy You” sessions on diabetes education, drug awareness, tips for a healthy you, and “Walk With A Doc.”

All guests will receive a notebook and a bag.

You must RSVP for the Healthy You sessions by emailing, or calling 304-369-1230 Ext. 5506.

To learn more, visit

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