Loading...

Checking Your Browser

Ensure browser cookies and javascript are enabled.

Mayor announces Spokane Ride to Care

Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant


Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:39 p.m.

Updated: March 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Today, Mayor David Condon announced the pilot program, Spokane Ride to Care (SR2C). This program is a non-emergency medical service that transports people with low-acuity conditions to urgent care clinics in vehicles other than ambulances.

The majority of calls the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) receives are medical responses. A lot of these calls are considered non-emergency medical cases. Spokane Ride to Care provides alternative options for those being treated for a non-emergency case.

Goals of the Spokane Ride to Care program include:

  • Providing cost effective transportation to clients who need non-emergency care
  • Reduce inappropriate use of emergency services (including ER and EMS)
  • Develop sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationships with the Health Services and Insurance Industries

We understand the cost of care in the emergency room is considerably higher than care at an urgent care center. This program provides cost savings for the client, insurer and the community. Clients will also be provided transportation to and from the Urgent Care and the option to make a stop at a pharmacy. Spokane Ride to Care is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

The Spokane Ride to Care program was one of 15 emergency service recommendation made by the Mayor’s task Force on Fire and EMS, which included community, service providers, city staff, labor and elected representatives. This pilot program launched on January 16, 2017 and in just 8 weeks 36 people have been referred.

The Spokane Ride to Care program is the result of partnerships with:

Amerigroup Washington, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Empire Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health), Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County (HSSA), Premera Blue Cross, Providence Health Care, SNAP, the Spokane Fire Department, United Healthcare and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

  • Spokane Ride to Care Partners
  • Mayor Condon and Larz

Tags

  • EMS
  • Live
  • SFD
  • Spokane Fire Department
  • Spokane Ride to Care
  • SR2C

More From Jessica Fisher...




Latest Tweets

@spokanefire - Yesterday at 9:24 p.m. - Incident: 2017024132 - MVA - Major Incident Location: N Division St and E Providence Ave

@spokanecity - Yesterday at 6:01 p.m. - Do you need help with your electronic device? Come to the Shadle @spokanelibrary tomorrow from 3:30-5:30 for help! https://t.co/hAk8SCldbn

@sporiverfrontpk - Yesterday at 4 p.m. - Riverfront Park Redevelopment Open House starts at 6:00PM in the downtown @spokanelibrary ! https://t.co/PcvUErIDOc

@spokaneparks - April 25 at 1:51 p.m. - Tomorrow night: Join us for a Riverfront Park Redevelopment Open House! 6 – 8 p.m. at the Downtown Spokane Library.… https://t.co/0BqjR0kh3l

@spokane_council - April 25 at 7:32 a.m. - Catch Councilmember Karen Stratton right now on @kxly920! #SpokaneCityCouncil https://t.co/1G9xtQfdxL

@spokanepd - April 20 at 1:57 p.m. - Sending our thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters on the west side as well as the community they serve. https://t.co/qq7VsnUNnZ

@spd_ombudsman - April 12 at 10:57 a.m. - Congratulations to Luvimae Omana for receiving the 2016 City of Spokane Community Award for her work with the Offic… https://t.co/BCBAE4DkI3

@spourbanforest - Nov. 1 at 1:39 p.m. - New podcast, Remarkable Objects, launched by @rethinktrees, Listen in to people and ideas advancing out thinking about nature in cities.