Pitt County Earns National Achievement Award in Health Category
Community Paramedic Program Recognized
(Pitt County) – The Pitt County Community Paramedic Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
NACo recognized the Community Paramedic Program in the category of Health. This achievement continues to confirm the effectiveness this program provides which build healthy, safe and vibrant communities. While recalling this program’s initial implementation, Kahla Hall, Director of Community Benefits Grant Program, Vidant Foundation states, “Vidant Medical Center and the Vidant Health Foundation are proud to have partnered with Pitt County, in providing startup funds for the Community Paramedic Program and now to assist in the program’s expansion. The program has improved the health and quality of life for so many individuals experiencing barriers to accessing health care, such as transportation and access to prescription medications. This work is truly making a difference for our community.”
Echoing Hall’s enthusiasm, Pitt County Emergency Management Deputy Director, EMS Coordinator Jim McArthur comments, “As a leader in the east we are extremely proud of this multiple award-winning program. Community Paramedicine is an innovative approach at providing individualized medical care for patients who are traditionally underserved and unable to access adequate healthcare resources. Through excellent collaborative efforts, Pitt County’s Community Paramedic Program has been able to achieve excellent results.”
Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.