The number of emergency-room visits are climbing across the country and is linked to long wait times and higher mortality rates.Renown Health and Washoe’s ambulance provider the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, or REMSA, are forming an alliance to cut down on the unnecessary use of the healthcare system with the Community Health Program.
Renown Health will provide REMSA with funding to continue community-focused health services including the Nurse Health Line, Community Paramedicine, and Ambulance Transport Alternatives.
The Presidents and CEOs from Renown Health, Dr. Anthony Slonim, and from REMSA, Dean Dow, share their perspectives on how these services work with patients to understand their medical needs and to help direct them to the appropriate type of care. Dow says that these services could amount to $1.6 million in savings to the community over the next year.
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