Twelve individuals recently earned community paramedic certifications from GMR’s “Earn While You Learn” Academy, which was developed specifically to staff the new Covenant Health program.
EMS professionals with advanced training as community paramedics are the primary liaisons for daily in-person visits to patients.
The Advanced Care at Home program also includes other healthcare professionals, 24-hour monitoring from health system clinicians and routine telemedicine appointments with physicians.
Individuals need at least five years of paramedic experience to qualify for the community paramedic program, but many have 15+ years of experience. To be certified, they complete a standardized educational program (approved by the State EMS Board) to deliver services beyond traditional emergency care and transport, including working in conjunction with medical direction.
Community paramedics also receive training in areas such as primary care, public health, disease management, prevention/wellness, mental health and oral health.
"Covenant Health is proud to launch our Advanced Care at Home initiative in collaboration with Global Medical Response," said Mandy Halford, MD, senior vice president and chief medical informatics officer for Covenant Health.
"We’re pleased to see successful graduates of the Knoxville area’s first community paramedic program, which is one of only four programs currently available in Tennessee. These dedicated professionals are prepared to provide the best possible care for our patients.”
“Earn While You Learn”
“We’re incredibly proud of our first class of graduates,” said Gregory Spurlock, vice president of healthcare operations for GMR. “For our inaugural academy, we had a 100 percent pass rate on the national exam, given by the International Board of Specialty Certification. The average first time pass rate is only 58 percent, so having a full class achieve certification is a huge accomplishment.”
“Each student participated in a six-week, full-time program with lectures, practical hours and clinical rotations at Covenant Health,” he said. “These paramedics are now ready to take care of hospital patients at home.”
The “Earn While You Learn” program was developed by GMR’s medical ground transportation company, American Medical Response, to ease financial transitions for those wanting to become EMS professionals. The program provides paid on-the-job training while participants become certified as EMTs or paramedics. Following successful program completion, participants have the opportunity to become full-time employees.
About Global Medical Response : With more than 38,000 team members, Global Medical Response delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world.
GMR was formed by combining the industry leaders in air, ground, managed medical transportation, and community, industrial/specialty and wildland fire services.
Each of our companies has a long history of proudly serving the communities where we live: American Medical Response (AMR), Rural Metro Fire, Air Evac Lifeteam, REACH Air Medical Services, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corporation and AirMed International.
About Covenant Health : Covenant Health is a Tennessee-based healthcare enterprise committed to providing the right care at the right time and place. As a nonprofit health system, we are dedicated to being the region’s premier healthcare network through service, community and innovation.
We provide patient-centered care that inspires clinical and service excellence and strive to be the first and best choice for our patients, employees, physicians, employers, volunteers and communities. Covenant Health is the area’s largest employer and has more than 11,000 compassionate caregivers, expert clinicians, and dedicated employees and volunteers.