The Community Paramedicine Program is keeping emergency room visits down.

That’s according to Haliburton Highlands Health Services President and C.E.O. Carolyn Plummer, who gave a program update at last week’s board meeting.

Plummer says the paramedic will visit client’s homes and check vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate, and make sure medications are up to date.

The program has 57 clients so far, and Plummer says the quick growth is not a shock to her.

Plummer says it’s too soon to determine how many emergency room visits have been avoided due to the program.

She adds clients and staff have had stories of residents who were able to stay home when they normally would have visited the hospital.

Plummer mentions she was hoping to have at least 100 clients after the first year.

The initiative was launched on October 24th.