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New breed of paramedics treats patients before emergencies occur
Los Angeles Times

Paramedic Jacob Modglin parks on a palm-lined street in Oxnard and jumps out of his ambulance. He is prepared for any kind of emergency.

But his patient is standing in the driveway of a one-story house, holding a thermos, and smiling. It’s time for his 8 p.m. appointment.

Modglin is part of a new cadre of “community paramedics” working in a dozen pilot programs across California. Their jobs are to treat patients before they get sick enough to need emergency care.