New Wellington EMS program to provide more medical assistance to rural areas

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WELLINGTON, Texas (KFDA) – Wellington EMS is offering a new rural community health program designed for people living in rural areas to receive medical assistance.

The health program was launched in May and is designed for those who do not need traditional home care but still require weekly medical visits.

“It’s basically a parody of the city’s paramedic program. Basically, the Texas Department of Agriculture came to us to pilot the program and roll it out to rural communities,” said Wellington EMS Administrator Farris Nation.

The program offers a variety of different medical treatments, from checking vital signs to educating people about medical conditions and prescription medications.

“Our main goal is to kind of integrate our little health care services into our community because we’re so rural that we all work on the same team,” said Samantha Blacksher, deputy manager of Wellington EMS.

The goal of the program is to reduce travel to Amarillo for quality medical care in the region.

“Because we’re in a rural place, you know, a higher level of care is usually Amarillo. It’s 110 miles from us, and we want to make sure they’re taken care of right here before they have to go that far for their care,” Blacksher said.

The goal of the program is not only to provide health care to rural areas, but also to help educate residents to avoid higher level medical treatment.

“It’s about home care for people who have recently been hospitalized and just need a little education, maybe some medication management. To make them move forward on their own. We want to make sure that we keep people out of hospitals, and those hospitalizations aren’t as frequent and those 911 calls aren’t as frequent,” Blacksher said.

The program is free for those interested. For details on applying to the program, contact Wellington EMS at (806) 204-1886.

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