Praise for home health care effort
We praise the continuing Christian ministry of Covenant Health System to create healthy communities. Through its partnership with Lubbock’s first responders, Covenant Health has debuted a pilot project entitled Mobile In-Home Health Care.
A simple telephone call extends the physician’s office after hours in connecting the patient to its care team for medical advice when needed, in the comfort of their home. First, advice is provided by experienced, specifically trained registered nurses, who evaluate the patient’s medical questions and symptoms using clinical protocols to guide the patient to an appropriate level of care. Patients are educated about ways to prevent getting worse and questions about medications are answered.
Second, if the decision is that the patient needs to see a medical provider immediately, the nurse dispatches a specially trained community paramedic to do a hands-on assessment of the patient in their home. The community paramedicine program helps get patients the care they need in the most appropriate setting: given at home, or if needed taken to the hospital. The community paramedics work as partners with physicians and the entire health care team.
As one of the many doctors and nurses at Covenant’s Joe Arrington Cancer Center who participated in their special training, I salute these community paramedics, all of them volunteers in addition to their professional calling as members of the Lubbock Fire Department. I praise Covenant for this innovative program in working with others to improve health and quality of life in our community.
DR. DAVID R. CLOSE/Lubbock