By San Juan Island EMS
San Juan Island EMS Community Paramedic Lainey Volk spent a portion of her day on Thanksgiving delivering dinners to 15 of her patients/clients who are vulnerable and shut-in.
Several of these people have no other family on the island.
The meals, including turkey with all the trimmings, were procured from the San Juan Island Community Dinner and delivered to all ends of the island.
“Several cried at the kindness. I was called an angel by a few as well. Sometimes this job is very rewarding” said Volk.
The main goals of the community paramedicine program are to improve the quality of life and health of our citizens while reducing the cost of healthcare. This meets the hospital district’s goal of “aging in place,” by helping meet the needs of higher-risk patients while keeping them in their homes.