The Minnesota Hospital Association highlighted Minnesota’s nonprofit hospitals in regards to the care and health improvement programs they offer to our Minnesota communities in their January 2018 Community Benefit Report Press Release.

Minnesota hospitals provided $567 million in proactive services responding to specific community health needs, such as health screenings, health education, health fairs, immunization clinics and other community outreach, including in the areas of fitness, nutrition, weight loss, mental health and diabetes prevention.

Recognition was given to Granite Falls Health who invested $60,000 to address health care disparities by implementing a community paramedic program. The goal of the program is to manage and develop treatment techniques for patients in their home, prevent costly and unnecessary Emergency Room visits, decrease hospitalizations and prevent hospital readmissions. In the first six months of operation, the program decreased Emergency Room visits by 64 percent and hospitalizations by 52 percent for enrolled patients.

If you would like to find out more about GFH’s Community Paramedic program stop in to see them at the 38th Annual Community Health Fair on April 12th from 11 a.m to 3 p.m at the Kilowatt Community Center. Be sure to check out all of the helpful and healthy living information available to you.   A variety of vendors will be available from Granite Falls Health, Rice Home Medical, Granite Ridge Place, Lions, Upper Sioux Community, YMC Public Health and more.