FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — If emergency room visits came with reward points, Angela Cormier of Fort Worth would be platinum plus: unable to control her chronic asthma.
“All of the time, a constant, all of the time, it was in and out of the emergency room, says Cormier. “Nobody wants to go the emergency room because they don’t have health care”¦ but, how was I going to be able to breathe?”
But, now, Fort Worth-based MedStar has been working to help the E/R and ambulance “˜super users’ find more economical and effective ways to access healthcare.
“These programs have gone way beyond our expectations,” says Matt Zavadsky, MedStar’s Public Affairs Director. “They are all designed to help prevent an unnecessary 911 call, an unnecessary E/R visit and prevent an unnecessary hospitalization: and it’s done all of that.”