April 9, 2019
Meeting was called to order by Carol Johnson at 7:32am. Jim R. led the flag salute.
Thought of the Day:
Peggy gave a history moment.
John B. moved to accept April 2, 2019 meeting minutes, seconded by Gerry. Motion carried.
Jim Reeves of Precision Drones LLC; Bob & Ian from Olympic Climate Action Group.
Peggy announced Pat Neal is Kiwanis’ guest Thursday at noon.
A card for Brian Garrett is being passed around.
Jim M. said Katie Deutermann’s service is this Thursday at 11am.
Carol said at PABA’s board meeting Shenna resigned and we are looking for a replacement.
Jon Fager said we have 61 paid members. Carol announced dues are due. Jon talked about needing to purchase two new mics at a cost of up to $400 because the one ic is broken and cannot be fixed. Jim M. moved to allow Jon to make said purchase, not to exceed $400, seconded by Jack, if PABA talked to Dee. Jon said he had. Kaj asked if the $200 budgeted already for the sound system applies here. Jon said the current mic is owned by both PABA and Joshua’s, along with the speaker. The new mics will be owned by PABA solely and Joshua’s will have use of the one left. Peggy said she will ask Kiwanis to donate $100 of upkeep of system because use it. Carol said we will discuss it at the next board meeting. Motion passed.
Program: Fire Chief Ken Dubuc and the Community Paramedic Program
Fires have dropped due to prevention. Chief Dubuc talked about early training as EMTs and 911. It was new for the fire department to work with ambulances. Unintended consequence is that the fire department is #1 for everything. They are looking for EMS prevention now. Ignoring symptoms will result in higher calls.
Many people don’t have access to medical services and society pays for that.
The community paramedic program started January 1 and works in the community finding and getting people care and treatment earlier. A hospital stay for one night costs more than jail for 7 days or 1 year in public housing. They partner with PAPD, OMC, PBH, tribes and NOHN to be out finding those who need help.
They’ve identified the Top 5 “frequent flyers” and help them and perform home visits after OMC discharges. In their 1st three weeks, 2 lives have been saved by a community paramedic.
This program’s goal is to reduce 911 calls and visits to the ER.
Now they have trouble filling two positions where they used to have hundreds of applications.
Peggy asked about insurance ratings. Ken said out of 1-10, we’re at 4 so the rates are pretty good. Many insurance companies don’t use it any more.
Kaj asked about technology and access to specialists. He said they use facetime to talk to physicians and are looking at language translators. The community paramedic does medication reconciliation.
Mandy asked about texting 911 and he said it seems to be a successful feature.
Carol asked about protocol and Ken said the dispatcher helps decide whether the call is advanced or basic life support.
Debby asked about funding. Ken said the fire department has funded for the first year. In June / July if they can prove it’s working, they’ll ask partners to help fund for the second year.
Randy asked how they coordinate with all entities. Chief said they are working on a community central portal of information so all who log in can see referrals. They all have HIPPA agreements to share information.
Chief Dubuc asks anyone to contact him with anything.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35am.