A recently launched program by Haliburton Highlands Health Services aims to reduce emergency room visits.

The Community Paramedicine Program started in late October and 53 clients enrolled in less than a month.

As part of the program, paramedics visits homes of seniors to do safety and wellness checks to reduce the risk of falls and other potential hazards.

President and C.E.O. Carolyn Plummer says even she is surprised by the popularity of the program so early on.

Plummer adds s it too early in the program to determine how many emergency room visits have been prevented but has heard of some examples of the program’s success.

Plummer also says health services has a target of 100 patients a year with the paramedicine program.