Community Paramedicine (CP) programs, while not new to Minnesota, have been slow to develop in our rural communities. Join Mark Jones, Minnesota Rural Health Association Executive Director, and a panel of CP leaders from across rural Minnesota in a panel discussion that will cover clinical, administrative, and financial opportunities of CP programs. Industry experts will share their experience in developing and operating programs in their communities along with answering your questions.
Mark is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Rural Health Association. He has been involved in rural health care for over twenty years, working in many areas of the pre-hospital and hospital environment. As a resident of a rural Minnesotan community, Mark has a very personal interest in the future of rural health care. He is committed to seeing that every community has a strong health care system that can succeed long into the future.
Jana was born and raised in Granite Falls, Minnesota. She lived in south Minneapolis for two years and quickly realized she needed to return home to begin her career in rural health care. She has worked in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 21 years. Even though she has had numerous roles as a Registered Nurse (RN), her passion has always been EMS. She is currently the Ambulance Manager at Granite Falls Health-Ambulance Service, where she leads a team of 20 RN’s, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and EMR’s.
Gordon has a degree in Paramedicine from Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He has worked in emergency medical services for 40 years and has 26 years experience as a Paramedic. He has served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for rural services and as an Operations Supervisor in Minneapolis metropolitan services.
Gordon has been the director of emergency medical services at CentraCare Health for the past seven years and recently developed the Healthy at Home Visit program, and the CentraCare Community Paramedic program which was created to reduce re-admissions and help patients stay healthy once they are discharged from the hospital.
Gordon appreciates the ability paramedics have to make a difference during the most crucial moments in people’s lives.