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Physician's assistant program coming to North Mason

Chief believes program could become model

The North Mason Regional Fire Authority is launching a physician’s assistant program in 2023, hoping to fill a need for medical services in the community.

NMRFA Chief Beau Bakken said the authority was looking to start a similar program before COVID hit, but the logistics were too complicated at the time. The pandemic did allow time to plan on how to execute the program.

The intention of the program is to fill a gray area in coverage. When NMRFA responds to a call for medical attention, it has two options: Take the person to the emergency room or send them home and tell the patient to follow-u...


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