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George Chow, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview –

“The new RISE Community Health Centre is an exciting step forward for the community of Renfrew-Collingwood. This primary-care services and the team-based care approach will make a big difference in the lives of residents.”

Mary Ackenhusen, president and chief executive director, Vancouver Coastal Health –

“RISE Community Health Centre will be an important part of the network of care serving residents of Renfrew-Collingwood and surrounding communities. The new centre will complement Vancouver Coastal Health’s Evergreen centre to provide increased access to residents needing quality and timely primary care.”

Dr. Kathleen Ross, president, Doctors of BC –

“We look forward to the integration of the RISE Community Health Centre within primary care networks to provide more timely access to health-care services, while supporting those important long-term relationships and continuity of care that result in better health outcomes for patients.”

Dr. Fiona Duncan, physician lead, Vancouver Division of Family Practice –

“The Vancouver Division is thankful to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society for participating in this innovation and to the medical community for lending its voice in its development. We see opportunity in learning from the model as the network for patient care further evolves in Renfrew-Collingwood and the surrounding communities.”

Greg Allen, board chair, Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society –

“Collingwood Neighbourhood House has been at the heart of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood for decades, working with local residents to improve the social determinants of health locally and give people a sense of belonging. Opening RISE Community Health Centre gives us the satisfaction of knowing we have yet one more way to work with local residents to help improve their lives and give them the tools to achieve a healthier life.”

Sonja Rietkerk, clinical lead, RISE Community Health Centre –

“Collingwood Neighbourhood House provides vital services to our community. Our outreach teams connect with vulnerable clients including those who are homeless, so being able to strengthen that bond with increased access to primary health care will improve health outcomes. Our interdisciplinary team is passionate about providing client-centred, relationship-based care that includes active participation of the client and the entire primary-care team.”

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