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Church blesses community with free, remote blood pressure checks

Church blesses community with free, remote blood pressure checks

Kyle Henderson, left, of Satellite Beach UMC presents a check to Satellite Beach fire chief Don Hughes to buy iPads for the Community Paramedic Program. Paramedic Melanie Drake, center, and Rev. Dr. Joe Jursa of Satellite Beach UMC look on. Photo from Satellite Beach UMC.

Satellite Beach Fire Department has launched a new innovative program in partnership with iHealth labs that expands the Community Paramedic Program.  All clients will be provided a wireless blood pressure monitor for daily use to record their blood pressure and pulse rate. Apple iPads are used to upload these recordings through the Internet to a secure website that will allow the community paramedic to review between their weekly visits.

One goal of the Community Paramedic Program is to improve the health status of its clients. To reach this goal, the client and/or the family must be an active participant in the client’s health improvement. The remote monitoring program requires the client to actively take steps each day to self-monitor his or her vital signs. This program has greatly reduced the number of 911 calls and helps folks stay living independently longer. 

This program, offered free to recipients, is supported by generous donations from the congregations of Satellite Beach UMC and Our Father’s House, a nondenominational church in the community.

Satellite Beach UMC also helps these folks with rides to doctor appointments and simple home repairs through our handyman program. This is a perfect example of the community coming together to address a community problem.

–   Kyle Henderson is the administrative assistant at Satellite Beach UMC.