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Golder Ranch first to offer Community Integrated Healthcare program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  The Golder Ranch Fire District is the first in Pima and Pinal Counties to offer a home visit medical service.  The service has put local paramedics and doctors together to offer this service.  

According to Golder Ranch officials the program has already seen 10 patients go through it and 7 are currently enrolled, this program comes at no additional cost to the patient or their family. 

The service is called the Community Integrated Healthcare Program.  

Golder Ranch Fire uses its Community Integrated paramedics to visit the patients.  To be a part of the program people have to be a patient in the North-West Allied Physicians and opt into the program.  Patients who are eligible for the program have congestive heart failure, had a heart attack or have COPD. Service begins once the patient is discharged from the hospital, the Community Integrated Paramedic visits the patient at their home and performs an environmental evaluation, checks vital signs and conducts EKG's and other tests.  

The information that is collected is then sent to the patient's doctor, along with any time the patient calls 911.  

This program is provided at no cost to the patient, as it is part of the Golder Ranch Fire District budget.  

Patients in the program have access to the service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

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