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Pilot Program News Release

Media availability on Wednesday, Dec. 9, anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department joins with Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System on innovative program to improve healthcare outcomes for Chandler veterans


  • Media interview session with Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department Chief Jeff Clark and Dr. Hamed Abbaszadegan, Chief Health Infomatics Officer with the Phoenix VA Healthcare System. They will discuss collaboration between the two organizations on the new Community Involvement and Intervention Project. CFHM Community Paramedics, a VA nurse practitioner, and a local veteran participating in the program will also be available for interviews.


  • Specially trained Chandler Community Paramedics will demonstrate what happens during a typical in-home visit with a Chandler veteran as part of the new Community Involvement and Intervention Project. This will include a health assessment and a telehealth conference using a mobile tablet to facilitate real time communication between the paramedics, the veteran, and an off-site VA nurse practitioner. 


  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


  • Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department Headquarters, located at 151 E. Boston St., Chandler, AZ  85225


  • Chief Jeff Clark, Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department
  • Dr. Hamed Abbaszadegan, MD, MBA, Chief Health Informatics Officer, Phoenix VA Healthcare System
  • Chandler FHM Community Paramedics
  • VA Nurse Practitioner(s)
  • Military Veteran residing in Chandler 


  • The pilot project was approved by Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the City Council on Monday, Dec. 7, and CFHM Community Paramedics began visiting veterans the next morning. 
  • This is a six-month pilot project that both organizations hope will not only improve healthcare outcomes for thousands of area veterans, but also serve as a model program for fire departments around the nation. 
  • The inclusion of telemedicine is one of the unique aspects of the program. It places advanced teleconferencing technology into the hands of the paramedics who are visiting the patient, and enables face-to-face communication with the healthcare professionals at the VA.
  • This program does not require any additional City or VA funding. It uses existing programs and resources, such as the CFHM Community Paramedicine program.
  • The CFHM Department’s Community Paramedicine program, established in 2014, uses two, two-person Community Paramedic crews that focus on providing services to individuals who have chronic medical needs that often result in numerous visits to the hospital emergency room. By being proactive and targeting certain patients for more attentive short term intervention Community Paramedics can help these patients manage their healthcare needs while potentially reducing their medical costs and decreasing the frequency of 9-1-1 calls and ER visits. 


Assistant Chief Tom Dwiggins
Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department
480-782-2136  Office
480-748-3774  Cell




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