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St. Joseph plans to save money, increase care by reaching out to frequent ER users; county receives grant for neediest patients

Humboldt County has received a grant to help find more efficient ways of treating “super-utilizers,” patients that use costly emergency room services numerous times a year, but often don’t receive the long-term treatment needed to address their underlying medical issues. ”These are people the health care system has given up on,” said Jeffrey Brenner, executive director of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, who recently spoke at St. Joseph Hospital about his work in developing more efficient, lower-cost health care.