HCMC recognizes that the need for health services does not end at the door of our clinics. In order to improve access to care, the Hennepin EMS Community Paramedic (CP) program brings primary care to our clients by using the resources of the emergency medical service and the training of state-certified community paramedics.
Your community paramedic will coordinate with you and your primary care provider to meet you in your home or at a location of your convenience. By bridging the hospital and the community, Community Paramedics act as extensions of your primary care team to provide care where you are.
Our goal is to enhance the care you already receive and help manage your health problems at home—before they become emergencies.
Services your community paramedic may provide
- Education about your medical condition and discharge instructions
- Monitoring your vital signs
- Setting up your pill box
- Collecting blood draws
- Wellness Checks
- Wound Care
- Home Safety Screening
- Health crisis mitigation
- Medication delivery and reconciliation
- Medication Administration
Your community paramedic works in coordination with:
- Primary Care
- Home Care Agencies
- Health Care Home
- Ambulatory Care
- Coordinated Care Center
- Social Services
- Food Shelf
- Homeless Services
- Interpreter Services
How is a community paramedic different than a visiting nurse?
Community Paramedics are not homecare nurses. They fill short-term gaps for clients who do not qualify for home nursing care.
Our Community Paramedics (CPs) are experienced medics who are trained in primary care medicine in addition to emergency medicine. When serving as Community Paramedics, their focus is on primary care—keeping the patient healthy and preventing illness from worsening.
For more information, please call 612-873-2974.