• SMFRA Chief Rick Lewis and Dr. Riccio

  • Rick Lewisn and Dr. RiccioLaunched on Aug. 1, 2013, the Advance Resource Medic (ARM) car provides medical assistance on non-life threatening calls. It’s staffed with an advanced practice paramedic and nurse practitioner.

    The program comes from Dr. John Riccio, chief medical officer for True North Health Navigation and EMS medical director for Centura Health Prehospital Emergency Services, and Rick Lewis, EMT-P, EMS chief for South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, all located in Colorado. The initial idea came to Riccio as he was caring for his 91-year-old mother, who was grappling with medical problems. He was trying to keep his parents living together in their home and encountered many challenges. “I’m a medical professional, and I couldn’t effectively navigate the system,” he says.

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