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EPIC Paramedicine Program Gets Funding

Grey County | by Vanessa Culbert  

The province will continue to fund EPIC for the 2018-2019 year.

The Expanding Paramedicine in the Community program (or EPIC) will continue in Grey County.

Director of Paramedic Services, Kevin McNab says they found out on Wednesday the province will continue to fund EPIC  for the 2018-2019 year.

McNab says the funding will allow them to continue EPIC 5 day a week.

In January 2017 the program was shut down briefly because of a lack of funding from Queens Park.

However, the program was reinstated in June 2017.

McNab says it is no longer a pilot project. However, they do not have funding commitment for multi years.

Paramedics in Grey County's EPIC program make regular house calls to chronically ill people, to check on them and sometimes treat them which allows patients to stay out of hospital or long term care facilities.

McNab says they have roughly 100 patients as part of the EPIC house calls.

They also run community clinics every other week in Thornbury and Owen Sound.

Roughly 75 patients attended those clinics.

They also remotely monitor patients in the West Grey and Hanover area.

McNab says the Ministry has recognized how important this program is to Grey County and continue to fund it.

Its unclear how much funding they received, however in 2017 the program received $254,000 from the province

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