Harris Regional Hospital EMS offers community health fair; introduces new Community Paramedic Program.

March 10, 2020

Harris Regional Hospital EMS is sponsoring a free health fair at the Savannah Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, March 11 from 2 to 7 pm. The health fair is designed to provide information and medical screenings to the members of Jackson County.

Presented by Harris Regional Hospital EMS and the Community Paramedic Program, the event will include blood pressure checks, glucose checks, vendor booths and other health care information and activities. In addition to general healthcare education, participants will also get the chance to learn more about Harris Regional Hospital’s Community Paramedic Program that is provided by Harris Regional Hospital EMS.

“We feel so honored to be able to be such an important role in the care provided to the members of Jackson County” Toby Moore with Harris EMS said. “The Community Paramedic Program takes health care to a new level; it’s care with an emphasis on compassion. We understand that life happens and we are will be here to accommodate our patients and their needs. We are passionate about the health of our community and we are intentional about caring for each of our patients as if they are a member of our family” said Moore. “This is what living in a smaller community is about, taking care of each other and through the Community Paramedic Program available through Harris Regional Hospital, we are able to do just that.”

The Community Paramedic Program is dedicated to members of Jackson County and expanded access to the vital health care they need. The program allows licensed paramedics to assist in the provision of health care alongside a participant’s primary care provider.

Once enrolled in the Community Paramedic Program, patients have improved access to care by way of home evaluations and social needs assessments that have not been available previously. Paramedics that administer care through this program work closely with a patient’s primary care provider to ensure they are receiving the exclusive, quality care they require and deserve within the comfort of their own home.

The Community Paramedic Program is available to those that have been diagnosed with COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Diabetes or at a high risk for falls. For more information about the Community Paramedic Program, ask your primary care provider for a referral.

Vendors that will be available at the community health fair include Harris Regional Hospital EMS, Harris Regional Hospital, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Savannah Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Health Department and The American Red Cross.

This is a free, public event.

About Harris Regional Hospital

Harris Regional Hospital, established in 1925, is an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility serving Western North Carolina with more than 100 physicians practicing in locations throughout a multi-county region, including Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, an outpatient facility in Macon County.