Reid applauds nearly $10 million for REMSA

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HARRY REID NEWS RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today applauded a $ 9,872,988 grant for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) of Reno, a ground and air ambulance service provider, to create a Community Health Early Intervention Team.

The grant will enable REMSA to respond to situations throughout Washoe County Nevada by adopting a new non-emergency phone number to provide an alternative pathway to care for patients with lower acuity problems. Over a three-year period, REMSA will train an estimated 22 new workers including community paramedics and assorted support specialists.

“Improving emergency response capabilities in Washoe County will help patients and improve readiness for first responders,” said Reid. “This grant will give REMSA the ability to assist Nevadans who are in urgent need of help, and I am pleased that Nevadans will have a new options to seek medical support.”

The CHIT program will be created in partnership with Renown Medical Group, the University of Nevada-Reno School of Community Health Sciences, the Washoe County Health District and the State of Nevada Office of Emergency Medical Services.

About Community Health Early Intervention Team

CHIT is designed to reduce unnecessary ambulance responses, as well as hospital admissions and readmissions, while improving the patients’ health care. Goals of this initiative include reductions in non-urgent emergency department visits, unreimbursed emergency department costs, hospital admissions and hospital readmissions, as well as decreased hospital stays, fewer ambulance transports, and improved overall health care and continuity of care.

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