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Orangeville Police Service and MedicAlert Foundation Canada launch MedicAlert Connect Protect Service

Orangeville, Ontario, September 25, 2017 – Orangeville Police Service and MedicAlert Foundation Canada have launched a new service to ensure people with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury, who go missing, are returned to their family members and caregivers sooner.

MedicAlert Connect Protect gives police officers 24-hour access to a registered subscriber’s photo, identity, past wandering history, and other vital emergency information through their MedicAlert medical IDs. This information will help officers search more efficiently, increasing the chances that those who go missing are reunited with their loved ones sooner. Officers called to an emergency involving a MedicAlert subscriber will also have access to vital information which may be necessary to save a life.

“We are proud to partner with MedicAlert in support of the MedicAlert Connect Protect initiative,” said Chief Wayne Kalinski. “Our existing vulnerable person registry has been well received by the community and we are pleased that through this partnership we can lead the way in increasing the safety of people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, a cognitive brain injury, or autism, and return them to their families as quickly as possible.”

“It’s critical that we’re able to find and recognize wandering or unidentified people as quickly and efficiently as possible, both to protect our subscribers and also to save police resources,” explains Robert Ridge, President and CEO of MedicAlert. “MedicAlert Connect Protect will safeguard Orangeville MedicAlert subscribers through the valuable MedicAlert protection. In an emergency situation, the Orangeville Police Service will have access to vital information that will save valuable time and unnecessary worry from family members and caregivers.”

“Community partnerships like this are incredibly important to the overall health and wellness of the community,” said Stacey Daub, President and CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre. “We are proud to support our community partners at the Orangeville Police service and the launch of the MedicAlert Connect Protect Service. Not only will this initiative enhance the safety of some of the most vulnerable members of our community, but it also helps our clinicians, caregivers and paramedics provide vital, lifesaving care when needed.”

For more information on the MedicAlert Connect Protect service, visit medicalert.ca/ConnectProtect.


About MedicAlert Foundation Canada
 
MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada and it is the leading provider of emergency medical information services. MedicAlert’s mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-quality health information at time of need, and has protected more than one million Canadians since 1961.
 
MedicAlert® is backed by robust electronic health records maintained by medically trained professionals, a state-of-the-art secure database, and a 24/7 Emergency Hotline that answers calls from emergency responder personnel in 140 languages within an average of 5 seconds, all linked to customized identification products for Canadians with medical conditions and special needs. Universally recognized and respected, MedicAlert speaks for you, when you can’t™.
 
Learn more about MedicAlert, how it works, and how you or a loved one can sign up to a service plan by visiting medicalert.ca or calling 1.888.886.3770.
 
Media Contacts:

MedicAlert Foundation Canada:
Jonathan Lithwick
Manager, Marketing, Partnerships
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
416-696-0142 ext 1139
jlithwick@medicalert.ca

Orangeville Police Service:
Scott Davis
Constable #54
Public / Media Relations
Orangeville Police Service
519-941-2522 ext. 2221
sdavis@orangevillepolice.ca