Sun Prairie EMS receives $200K grant to provide in-home medical care amid pandemic

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Sun Prairie first responders will soon be able to provide in-home care to patients impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Sun Prairie announced Tuesday that Sun Prairie EMS has been awarded a $200,000 grant for medical outreach. Dane County’s Community Development Block Grant program launched in 2020 to give local groups support for their efforts to combat the pandemic. In total, more than $1.76 million in funding for pandemic-related projects was up for grabs.

With the new funding, Sun Prairie EMS plans to provide Sun Prairie and Bristol residents with in-home care for people who have contracted COVID-19, consultations for people hesitant about getting vaccinated, and other help for people who have limited access to health care for a variety of reasons.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for Sun Prairie EMS,” Sun Prairie EMS Medical Director Dr. Michael Lohmeier said. “Not only does this provide another avenue to care for some of the most at-risk patients in our community, but it also helps strengthen the health care safety net and serves to meet the patients at their most vulnerable.”

The program will run from late June through the end of March 2022.

In addition to in-home visits to monitor health, paramedics will help folks with prescribed treatment regimens and provide information about prevention measures that can help reduce the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 in the Sun Prairie community.

“This is Sun Prairie’s first venture into an EMS outreach program of this scope,” EMS Chief Brian Goff said. “We are very excited for the opportunity and honored to have been selected as a grant recipient.”

Sun Prairie EMS officials said they accept people and families into the program based on referrals from concerned family or friends and physicians whose patients would benefit from the in-home care. Self-referrals can also be submitted by contacting Sun Prairie EMS via email at EMS@cityofsunprairie.com or by phone at 608-837-3604.