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McKenzie Health System Launches Community Paramedic Program

From winter conditions to health issues to lack of access to primary care, it can be challenging to schedule in-person healthcare visits. That’s where the McKenzie Health System’s Sanilac EMS Community Paramedic Program comes in, connecting healthcare to patients in the comfort of their home. Supporting the health of the Sanilac County community and with oversight by the Sanilac Medical Control Authority, community paramedics can perform assessments, treatment and preventative services for patients with chronic diseases, increased risk for readmission and those predisposed to using the hospital’s Emergency Department. The service offers an additional level of communication, information and care for Sanilac County residents.

Sonya Diller, Community Paramedic and Tammy Katt, EMS Manager

Sonya Diller, Community Paramedic and Tammy Katt, EMS Manager

“An outstanding resource for the local community, the Sanilac EMS Community Paramedic Program closes the gap by extending the role of our amazing emergency medical services personnel to provide in-home care for patients in need,” said Rebecca Stoliker, Director of Nursing Services at McKenzie Health System. “From valuable information to supportive services, this program can make a tremendous difference in an individual’s health and wellness.”

This innovative program, which can bring care to people’s homes when appropriate, is a new service that McKenzie Health System is committed to. Some recent funding from the Sanilac County Council on Aging has played a role in allowing McKenzie Health System to expand the program. Referrals are welcome from all over Sanilac County and may come from seniors themselves, physician offices, emergency departments, care coordinators, or any agency working with the senior.

“One of the treatments currently being used for patients with COVID-19 is a monoclonal antibody infusion,” shared Tammy Katt, EMS Manager. “We have been able to administer this infusion at the patient’s home under certain circumstances, which has made a big difference in their recovery.”

Community paramedics, who receive specialized training, can assess vital signs, review medications, perform blood work and EKGs, monitor blood pressure, assess home safety and fall risks, connect patients to primary care services, complete follow-up care after a hospital visit and make referrals to community resources, among other services. Referrals to the program can be made by a primary care physician, EMS or Emergency Department staff, and Community Care Coordinators.

For more information on the program, please call 810-648-6150, extension 237 or visit our website at