UM SRH Continues to Support QAC Mobile Integrated Community Health Project

Shown at the MICH grant presentation are: holding the check, Joseph Ciotola, MD , health officer, Queen Anne’s County Department of Health and medical director for Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services,and Patti Willis, senior vice-president, Strategy and Communications, UM Shore Regional Health.; and (behind them, left to right), Zach Yerkie, paramedic, Queen Anne’s County Emergency Medical Services; Melanie Chapple, Pharm D., UM Shore Regional Health; Jared Smith, MICH program administrator, Queen Anne’s County Department of Health; and Scott Wheatley, assistant chief, Queen Anne’s County Emergency Medical Services.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Queen Anne’s County Department of Health, in support of the County’s Mobile Integrated Community Health (MICH) Program. The recent award brings bring the total program grant from UM SRH to $225,000 since MICH began in 2014.

Now in its fourth year, MICH is a community outreach and support program designed to help reduce avoidable 911 calls, emergency department visits and hospital admissions among at-risk populations in Queen Anne’s County. As an undertaking of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services, MICH provides home visits by a nurse to assess client health and social support needs and to provide referrals to community agencies. It began as a pilot program under Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), and with its demonstrated success, serves as a model for other approved programs throughout Maryland

In 2015, MICH and UM SRH shared in the kudos earned  by Queen Anne’s County’s Department of Emergency Services selection as recipient of the  “Star of Life Award “ for Outstanding EMS Program of the Year from Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and MIEMSS.

“Establishing partnerships with public and nonprofit agencies so that we can help our citizens maintain better health in their own homes and communities is a key strategy of Shore Regional Health’s mission, ‘Creating Healthier Communities Together,’ “ says Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM SRH. “The MICH program has played a strong role in helping vulnerable individuals and families in Queen Anne’s County access community resources that support their independence and encourage better health, which in turn, has helped significantly reduce the number of 911 calls and Emergency Department visits among that population.”