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North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue to expand Community Paramedicine program with $50,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation

Aug. 28, 2017 | North Huntingdon, Pa.

North Huntingdon, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2017) —North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue (NHEMS/R) has been awarded a generous $50,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation to expand its Community Paramedicine program.

Since 2015, the NHEMS/R Community Paramedicine program has been a no-cost service to the North Huntingdon community, providing non-emergent wellness checks, disease and medication education, and environmental safety equipment to its clients.

Through the grant, NHEMS/R will hire a program manager to oversee program operation, purchase much-needed examination equipment and enroll a greater number of clients into the program. This will increase the ability for clients to live safely in their homes for a longer period of time.

"We would like to thank the Highmark Foundation's board of directors. We look forward to a successful program. We believe that giving residents the ability to stay safely in their homes is a wonderful gift," said North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue Executive Director Shane Spielvogle.

"We are pleased to support North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue through this grant to help expand its Community Paramedicine program," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. "Not only does the program allow residents to remain safely in their homes while reducing the long-term cost and duplication of services and resources, it also demonstrates new and sustainable ways to solve health problems."

Questions regarding the NHEMS/R Community Paramedicine program should be directed to Shane Spielvogle, Executive Director, North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue at 724-864-2540 or

About the Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization of Highmark Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation's mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark Inc. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit

About North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue

North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue (NHEMS/R) provides emergency medical and rescue services to North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania. NHEMS/R’s focus is on providing safe, efficient, emergency and non-emergency care to the residents and visitors to our community. For more information, visit


Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Health

Shane Spielvogle
North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue