Manatee County Government Administrative Center Manatee Room, Fourth Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017 - Work Session
Agenda Item #1

2017 Community Paramedicine Program Review and Update


Contact and/or Presenter Information

James Crutchfield
Community Paramedic Program Chief, ext. 1648

Victoria Reinhartz
LECOM PharmD, Community Paramedicine Pharmacist Partner

Action Requested

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion

The 2016 AHCA Partnership Grant Award of $512,007.37 was used as “start-up” funds to develop and implement a new patient care model for the citizens of Manatee County. This agenda item reflects and reports on the first year of Manatee County Community Paramedic Program operations, program hurdles, successes, and future opportunities.

  • The Board of County Commissioners recognized and funded Community Paramedicine in the FY17 Budget as a permanent program.
  • The Community Paramedicine program has primarily assisted medically vulnerable patient populations in the following categories:
    • Mental Health & Substance Abuse
    • Congestive Heart Failure & patients with chronic respiratory conditions.
    • Diabetes
    • Frequent Falls
    • Frequent utilizers of the 911 and countywide hospital systems
  • To date, the program has saved an estimated $202,000 in healthcare spending dollars.
  • Manatee County’s Community Paramedic Program has been recognized by the State as a model system and has presented implementation strategies and program operations at several regional and statewide meetings.
  • The demand for our services continues to grow daily.  Currently the demand for services outweighs our available resources.
  • The Manatee County Community Paramedic Program has collaborated and integrated with several large healthcare services within the County, including MCR Health Services, Manatee Memorial, Florida Department of Health-Manatee, Centerstone, LECOM, Turning Points, WeCare, Bradenton Cardiology, VA Clinic, and many others.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Cost: $0.00 Community Paramedic Program 0010007103

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Community Paramedicine Presentation.pdf
Attachment:  Community Paramedicine Case Review.pdf
Attachment:  Follow Up Memo - Community Paramedicine Program.pdf