The Community Paramedicine Program in the East Kootenay is being expanded to include Cranbrook.
This from Interior Health and the BC Emergency Health Service following a meeting July 12th to discuss the CPP program in the region.
In a release, the groups say Cranbrook will soon be added to the list of communities offering the program.
Health Service Administrator Terri Domin with IH says they want to hire an advanced care paramedic before the end of the year to further support and broaden the scope of services for the region.
“The position for the community paramedic is already posted,” Domin says. “So our partners at BC Ambulance will be looking to get that position filled and up and running in late Fall.”
She says this would be a new addition to the program that hasn’t been tried across the province.
“So what that will do is bring somebody with advanced skill that can do more advanced care that can also support with critical care transport across the East Kootenay,” Domin says. “So for patients that require assistance with an advanced team out of the East Kootenay, rather than always waiting for an advanced team to come to us.”
Currently, the communities of Creston, Kimberley, Field, Golden, Elkford and Sparwood receive services from community paramedics.
Since May of this year, a total of 102 community paramedics have provided services to over 80 communities across the province with projects focusing on: community outreach and awareness; promotion and prevention; and health and wellness services.
– Interior Health’s Health Service Administrator, Terri Domin
(Picture from Interior Health / BC Emergency Health Service)