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Improving access to team-based care in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Improving access to team-based care in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

October 4, 2019 at 10:22 am  BC, News, Politics

Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows —

“The primary care networks and UPCC are an exciting step forward for people living in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. I know how hard it can be for many people in our community to find a family doctor and I am proud of our government’s action to increase access to consistent, primary care throughout B.C., including in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.”

Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission —

“Regular access to primary care can help people live their healthiest lives and through team-based care, health professionals will be able to work together to best address the needs of their patients. By making consistent and comprehensive primary care a priority, our government is contributing to making a big difference in the lives of people in our community.”

Chief Grace George, Katzie First Nation —

“The Katzie First Nation primary care health program is excited to work with community partners to offer a holistic approach that incorporates physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements of healing and growth for people supported at the new urgent and primary care centre.”

Jim Sinclair, board chair, Fraser Health —

“By partnering with the Ministry of Health, the Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice and the Katzie First Nation, Fraser Health is co-ordinating health-care providers, services and programs to make it easier for residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to connect with health and wellness support. This partnership supports patients in improving their health, avoiding unnecessary hospital visits and remaining independent.”

Dr. Kathleen Ross, president, Doctors of BC —

“We look forward to the integration of the UPCC in hopes it will strengthen primary care in the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows areas and ensure people in the community have access to the health-care services they need, while also supporting a longitudinal relationship between patients and their family doctors.” 

Jacqollyne Keath, board chair, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC —

“The Association of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC is pleased that the knowledge, skills and expertise of the entire health-care team will improve access to health care for British Columbians through primary care networks and urgent and primary care centres. We believe that this approach will be pivotal in ensuring B.C. families can access health-care services in B.C.”

Dr. Ursula Luitingh, primary care network physician lead, past board chair, Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice —
 

“The Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice and local family physicians look forward to working in our primary care network that will help us better support our patients. The division, Fraser Health, Katzie First Nation, community partners and patients have all worked extremely hard together to bring our vision to reality for our community. With our pioneering local vision, all residents, including people without a family doctor, families, seniors, Indigenous, children and youth, moms and babies and people living with chronic pain, mental health, addictions and chronic disease, will all have better access to services and patient care.”

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