City of Mesa News Article
Mesa Fire and Medical receives multimillion dollar grant to expand Community Care Response (TRV) Program
By: Kevin Christopher
07/16/14 10:19 AM

July 9, 2014
Mesa Fire and Medical Department
Contact: Capt. Forrest Smith
Tel. 480-644-5175 (w)  


Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa announced today that the Fire and Medical Department has received a $12.5 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for expansion of their Community Care Response units or formerly known as the Transition Response Vehicle program (TRV).


“We are excited to receive such an amazing endorsement of the TRV program,” Mayor Alex Finter said. “The CMS grant will allow us to expand services to the entire community, especially our senior population. This is another example of Mesa’s commitment to developing innovative ways to better serve our residents.”


The grant, awarded as part of the CMS Innovation Center’s Healthcare Innovation Awards, is given to agencies to improve health care services. 


The expanded Community Care program will operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The program aims to reduce high risk patients from returning to the hospital while treating and referring low risk patients to avoid using the 911 system and the emergency department. 


“The grant is proof that Mesa Fire and Medical is on the cutting edge of service and meets the challenge by CMS to develop programs, like TRV, that focus on health care savings, improved efficiencies and positive patient centered outcomes,” District 3 Councilmember and Public Safety Committee Chair Dennis Kavanaugh said.


High risk patients will receive follow up evaluations after discharge to reduce the incidence of readmission. Disease preventative services will be provided including immunizations, falls prevention, home safety inspection and the safe use of prescribed medications.


"We are extremely pleased with receiving this grant as it will give us the opportunity to enhance our services while continuing our collaborative efforts with all of our partners,” Fire Chief Harry Beck said.  “The most important part of this program is how it will enrich our service delivery to our citizens and our community."


Mesa is among 39 recipients in 27 states and the District of Columbia receiving funding from the Healthcare Innovation Awards program for programs designed to deliver better health care and lower costs.





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