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CENTREVILLE – Queen Anne’s County’s award winning Mobile Integrated Community Health Program was given a $50,000 grant by Shore Health Systems during the September 12 County Commissioner Meeting.
Queen Anne’s County Mobile Integrated Health Program (MICH) is a program developed by QAC Department of Emergency Services, QAC Health Department and regional hospitals associated with the University of Maryland Medical System.
“The goal of the Mobile Integrated Community Health Program is to provide assistance and guidance to citizens who frequently call 911 for non-life threatening medical reasons,” said Dr. Joseph Ciotola, the county’s health officer when they launched the program. “By meeting these patients in their homes and getting to know them and their medical needs, we hope to be able to avert unnecessary ambulance calls and admissions to emergency rooms when the call is not actually a medical emergency.”
Home visits may include checking past medical history, medication review, home safety check, discussing goals and ways to improve health, health education and a physical assessment. There is no cost for this service.
University of Maryland Shore Regional health Sr. Vice President Patti Willis said, “We are pleased to come before you for the fourth year and present you with a grant for $50,000 to support the Mobile Integrated health Care Program. Since inception in 2014, this brings our total support to $225,000.”
“As you know the goal of the program is to help reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and re-admissions. This benefits the health system as well as EMS and the health of the citizens here in the county,” Willis said. “Data continues to show us that the MICH program led to the avoidance of unnecessary emergency department visits and perhaps most importantly has linked more than 670 patients and citizens in this county with other necessary community services that they need. It is not all about hospital anymore; it’s about partnering to create healthier communities together.”
The program is made available through the support of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, QAC Commissioners, QAC Department of Emergency Services and the QAC Department of Health.
For more information or questions, please call (443) 262-4515 or (410) 758-0720 ext. 4515.