Under the program, the hospitals coordinate efforts of their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) resources and Emergency Departments (EDs) to help assure low-income, non-emergent patients – many of whom contact 911 for EMS in times of need – receive the right care from the right resource, at the right time.
The hospitals identify patients for CHAP services based on calls to 911 and visits to the hospital EDs for non-urgent issues or medical conditions that do not require immediate medical attention. Currently, CHAP provides Advanced Practice Paramedic services and referrals to Christian Hospital’s Community Health Resource Center for comprehensive evaluation and connections to appropriate resources for non-urgent patients, ultimately assuring that individuals are able to access the outpatient and preventive services they need. Since its inception, CHAP at Christian Hospital has positively impacted more than 10,000 people.
“North County Inc. is pleased to serve as a conduit for collaboration with one of North County’s major corporations, Mallinckrodt and top healthcare providers, Christian Hospital and SSM Health DePaul Hospital,” said Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of North County Inc. “This initiative is important because it connects our community’s highest at-risk residents with access to preventive and wrap-around services that will improve their health and overall quality of life.”
The grant will help Christian Hospital expand CHAP to ensure more patients receive access to care in the most appropriate setting.
“We are thankful that Mallinckrodt recognizes our approach to provide measureable and positive outcomes in low-income populations and is willing to help us refine the program and broaden its access so that more patients can benefit,” said Ron McMullen, president of Christian Hospital.
For SSM Health DePaul Hospital, this grant will enable the hospital to work with community ambulance services to develop a model to test the effectiveness of CHAP in its service area.
“CHAP aims to address many of the non-traditional and socioeconomic factors in combination with services that impact community health in a patient-focused manner,” said Sean Hogan, president of SSM Health DePaul Hospital. “We are able to make this happen because partners like Mallinckrodt share our mission to improve the health of the community we serve.”
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger commended Mallinckrodt for its contribution.
“This grant exemplifies Mallinckrodt’s dedication to North County Incorporated and some of the area’s most at-risk residents,” said Stenger. “With Mallinckrodt’s support, CHAP will connect patients with timely and appropriate care.”
Helping to improve lives is part of Mallinckrodt’s mission, and the company works to make a positive difference in meaningful ways, according to Mark Trudeau, Mallinckrodt president and CEO. “We are committed to increasing access to healthcare and wellness – strengthening the communities in which our employees live and work. We’re pleased to support this program by working together with North County Inc. and two important hospitals that are serving patients in the St. Louis community.”
Mallinckrodt is a global specialty biopharmaceutical and imaging business that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes specialty pharmaceutical products and therapies and imaging agents. Areas of focus include therapeutic drugs for autoimmune and rare disease specialty areas like neurology, rheumatology, nephrology and pulmonology; immunotherapy and neonatal respiratory critical care therapies; and analgesics and central nervous system drugs. The company’s core strengths include the acquisition and management of highly regulated raw materials; deep regulatory expertise; and specialized chemistry, formulation and manufacturing capabilities.