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SPOTLIGHT: ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER BY CHRIS SHEID

Don Konecki (left),
a paramedic with
Superior Ambulance
Service, prepares
to take patient
Joe Kusiak's blood
pressure as part
of a Community
Paramedicine
home visit.

PROACTIVE
PARAMEDICINE
St. Mary Medical Center
Community Paramedicine
brings paramedics to area
homes to help patients
manage their health

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Valparaiso resident Joe Kusiak suffers from congestive heart failure and spends more time in the hospital than he would like. He says he needs help
sometimes managing his symptoms.
"I am doing a lot of right things, but I could be better," he
says. "I want to be better."
Patients like Kusiak with chronic illnesses often find themselves visiting the Emergency department or being readmitted
to the hospital due to complications with their conditions. In
many cases, convalescence and health management can be
successfully maintained at home; yet when symptoms become
unmanageable, hospitalization may become necessary.



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