Hilo resident Milton McNicholl shakes hands with a Hawaii Fire Department medical specialist during a July 2017 visit that was part of the department’s Community Paramedicine Pilot Program. The program seeks to connect people with community services to decrease the need for 911 calls.
Community Paramedicine Pilot Program medical specialists try to talk with patients about frequent ER use in summer 2017. (File photos/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
Community Paramedicine Pilot Program medical specialists attempt to contact a frequent 911 caller in summer 2017. (File photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
HILO A program aimed at keeping frequent 911 callers in their homes and out of the emergency room received a shot in the arm Wednesday, with a $125,000 grant from the West Hawaii Community Health Center to the Hawaii Fire Department.