Photo contributed Paramedics Suzie Cameron and Kathy Crandlemire are currently training to deliver BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program in Sicamous.

Community paramedicine coming to Sicamous

Paramedics to begin delivering new program in December

  • Nov. 24, 2017 3:00 p.m.

Sicamous seniors living with chronic conditions will soon have the support of a community paramedic visiting them in their homes on a regular basis.

Part of BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program, this service is being rolled out in rural and remove communities throughout B.C.

Paramedics Kathy Crandlemire and Suzie Cameron are currently training to deliver the program in Sicamous. Crandlemire expects to be done by Dec. 15, with the program to beginning the following week.

Crandlemire has lived in Sicamous for 36 years and considers herself a “hometown paramedic.” She has been with a BCEHS paramedic for 22 years, and has served as unit chief with the Sicamous ambulance station for 14 years.

“I am very excited to be a part of this new initiative,” says Crandlemire, “and consider it a privilege to be able to expand my career as a community paramedic and continue to work and serve the residents of Sicamous.

Cameron began her career as a paramedic in Revelstoke and has been with the BCEHS for almost 26 years. Although she has only lived in Sicamous for a year, she has worked out of the Sicamous station for seven years and knows the community, as here mother was a resident for 22 years.

“I have always felt like a community paramedic from working smaller communities pretty much my whole career,” says Cameron. “Now with the actual role as one of two community paramedics for Sicamous, I feel honoured to be able to give more to the residents here. I believe that these new positions across B.C. will make a big difference in health care for rural and remote communities.”

Crandlemire and Cameron are currently working through a 14-week orientation program designed to help community paramedics develop the competencies for applying their current scope of practice in a primary health-care setting. They will be providing community paramedicine services 20 hours per week during two 10-hour shifts, and will be available for emergency response for the balance of their work schedules.

To learn more about the program, visit www.bcehs.ca.


@SalmonArm
lachlan@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

Okanagan rental housing market facing challenges due to COVID-19

The impact on real estate markets remains a wildcard

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Interior Health

The total number of Interior Health cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 522

Sicamous mayor hopeful Highway 1 bridge replacement remains a priority after election

Construction of Bruhn Bridge replacement was initially to commence in 2020

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Kelowna man injured during arrest sues RCMP

Supreme Court civil claim alleges Dustin Blondin was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’

PHOTOS: Ghost sighting in Vernon’s Polson Park

Mom and daughter photoshoot brings joy and laughter to bystanders

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Parks Canada not responsible for Mount Kobau blockade

Nearby residents have been vocal about plans to turn the area into a national park

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Most Read