Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Paramedics In Lead-Deadwood Will Soon Be Trained To Assess Risks In Patients' Homes
Paramedics In Lead-Deadwood Will Soon Be Trained To Assess Risks In Patients' Homes
Regional Health
December 4, 2018

Lead-Deadwood Hospital Welcomes New Community Paramedicine Program

Lead-Deadwood paramedics will soon be able to help assess potential health risks for discharged patients, with an expansion of their role thanks to a new community aid program. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that this program is meant to fill gaps in the quality of care for patients after they are discharged from Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital and help keep patients out of the hospital in the future.

Roy Goben, operations manager for the Lead-Deadwood Hospital Ambulance Service, says the program will first focus on homes’ fall hazards but may expand to include other safety assessments by paramedics. Dr. Thomas Groeger, a family medicine physician at the hospital, said these kinds of programs work well in rural areas, helping healthcare professionals provide continued preventative care for patients.

Needs for the service will be decided by the discharging attendant in consultation with the patient, and services will be scheduled and provided at no additional cost if deemed necessary. All participation is completely discretionary. These services are an extension of current staff and are not reimbursable by Medicare/Medicaid standards.

Paramedics who participate in this program will be authorized by the state to do so but will not be authorized to offer medical advice or diagnoses. If a fall hazard or risk is found, patients will be recommended to existing outside home care facilities. Currently three full-time and one part-time paramedic have been authorized to participate in Lead-Deadwood’s program.

Currently, the Rapid City Fire Department is the only other entity in South Dakota authorized to operate a Community Paramedicine Program.

Learn more about health and wellness in the Black Hills on the Black Hills Knowledge Network issue hub.

Related items

  • Pennington County Care Campus Adds 64 New Beds

    Sixty-four new treatment beds opened up at the Pennington County Care Campus today, as the final phase of work on the campus’ second floor was…
  • Lead-Deadwood School Board Announces Vacancy

    Board member Bob Nelson, Jr. submitted his resignation to the Lead-Deadwood School Board at its October 8th meeting, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. It was…
  • Black Hills Energy Donates $25K To Booth Society, Inc.

    Black Hills Energy recently donated $25,000 to the Booth Society, Inc. – the nonprofit group that supports the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and…

Get Involved!

  • Need more information? Rapid City Public Library associates are standing by to answer your questions! Ask away in the box below during business hours for live feedback.

    For more on this feature, click here.

  • bhkn donate

    Enjoy our work? Donate today to ensure that community members will have access to our wealth of news, history, and data for years to come.

  • 211 logoDid this post inspire you to get involved? Visit our partner 211's Volunteer Database to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

525 University Loop, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 716-0058   [email protected]