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Thermometers donated to pediatric health centers

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Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and the North Country Initiative recently donated 1,296 thermometers to six local pediatric health centers in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

The donation of the thermometers is part of an ongoing effort by FDRHPO and NCI for the purpose of funding remote patient monitoring devices, to expand work within digital inclusion for patients, as well as part of the “Call Us First Campaign,” which aims at limiting avoidable emergency department visits by encouraging patients to contact their primary care team first for minor acute concerns.

“It is our goal that these thermometers will not only be a tool for families to check their and their children’s temperatures but will also serve as a tangible reminder to call primary care first for minor acute needs, such as fever,” Joanna Loomis, NCI deputy director, said in a statement. “Each thermometer has a label with the name and phone number of the primary care practice. As Patient-Centered Medical Homes, the practices have 24/7 triage lines that patients can call and receive medical advice, including to set up a same-day or next-day primary care appointment if needed.”

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