Mercy Flights receives grant to help fund program helping non-emergency patients

Mercy Flights gets presented with a check for $23,500 on Thursday morning. (KTVL/Mike Marut)

Early Thursday morning, Providence Medford presented a check to Mercy Flights for $23,500 to help fund their Mobile Integrated Healthcare program.

On it's simplest level, the MIH program allows emergency responders to check in on non-emergency patients without taking an ambulance. This way, the responders can help patients visit doctors and advocate for them if needed. Think of the program similar to a house-call.

The program is currently not consistently funded except through grants and donations like the one given on Monday.

"We're trying to go find out and investigate what barriers they are facing in healthcare," Doug Stewart, CEO of Mercy Flights, said of the program. "[That way] our people can help them out and get them the resources they needed, get them the care they needed and hopefully reduce healthcare costs to the system."

Patients can sign up for the MIH program in 30-day and possibly 60-day time slots, according to Stewart.

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