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KBEMS executive director Poynter named Board Certified Community Paramedic, one of 16 in nation

Michael Poynter, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS), recently became the first Kentucky Board Certified Community Paramedic by the International Board of Specialty Certification, only the sixteenth awarded in the nation.

Michael Poynter

“I am honored to receive this recognition and to be amongst such distinguished company,” said Poynter. “Community Paramedicine is an innovative and emerging healthcare delivery model that helps increase access to basic services by utilizing specially trained emergency medical service (EMS) providers in an expanded role.”

Over the past decade, Community Paramedic programs have used EMS personnel to fill gaps in the healthcare system across the U.S., as well as internationally. These programs address those gaps through services like in round-the-clock management of non-acute illnesses and mental health issues, and chronic care follow-up needs.

A community paramedic is ideally suited to provide better care for the community through non-emergency interaction with patients in need of assistance. These paramedics help integrate and coordinate a variety of needed services all in an effort to provide improved patient care and healthcare navigation. This helps reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency department, reduce readmission to the hospital, improve patients’ quality of life and decrease overall healthcare costs.

For more information about services provided by the KBEMS year-round, visit kbems.kctcs.edu.

From Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services

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