It’s been busy at Cone Health’s Behavioral Health Hospital. Since last year, about 26 mental health patients have been brought directly to the hospital instead of to an emergency room. “If we get them here first, they get on medications faster, they get to see doctors, psychiatrists faster,” said Cone Health Clinical Nurse Manager Shawn Taylor. Last November, Cone Health and Guilford County EMS formed the Advanced Paramedics Program. On an emergency call, if a paramedic sees there’s nothing medically wrong with a patient, the program allows them to take the patient straight to a mental health facility where they’re treated right away.
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