Community Paramedic Services

Enjoy peace of mind with regular care and check-ins from knowledgeable, empathetic community paramedics at Essentia Health. Rely on one of the oldest community paramedic programs in the nation to monitor your well-being while bringing superior care to your home in Fargo, North Dakota and Ada and Brainerd, Minnesota.

What is a Community Paramedic?

Community paramedics are experienced emergency medical technicians (EMTs) with additional, specialized training in primary and preventive care. A community paramedic has additional education above the traditional paramedic to help better manage chronic diseases, wounds, and provide a more comprehensive assessment to assist your provider in providing high quality patient care. Trust them in being a resource to provide specialized care when you need it most, especially when you face difficulty travelling to your doctor’s office.

Services We Offer

Count on your community paramedic to assess your health and provide routine, non-emergency care in the comfort and privacy of your home. Depending on your needs, your community paramedic may:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Collect samples for lab tests, such as blood tests and urinalysis
  • Comprehensive health assessments
  • Evaluate the safety of your home and detect fall hazards, non-working fire alarms, and other potential risks
  • Help you review and manage your medications
  • Monitor vital signs including blood pressure, weight, pulse, and lung sounds
  • Offer emotional support
  • Post discharge follow ups
  • Provide health education, such as nutrition information
  • Referrals/scheduling to health and community services

Depend on us to share information from your visit with your primary care provider so you’ll continue to receive coordinated care.

Maintain Your Health

Benefit from on the competence and skill of community paramedics who help you:

  • Address potential health problems
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Lessen stress
  • Maintain independence
  • Prevent admissions to the emergency room and/or an assisted living or nursing facility

Who Qualifies for Community Paramedic Services?

You may be eligible for community paramedic visits if your doctor is concerned you may be at risk of hospitalization or have had frequent visits to the emergency room.

Ask about community paramedic services if you experience:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure, heart attack, or another heart condition
  • Multiple chronic diseases with difficulty managing on your own
  • Pneumonia
  • Total joint replacement surgery

If you receive other home health care services or hospice care, you’re not eligible for community paramedic services.

Paying for Care

Community paramedic services are free to eligible Essentia Health patients and you’ll never receive a bill. Your care may be covered by Medicaid or private insurance companies, such as Sanford Health Plans.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.