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Improving primary care in Central Okanagan

Improving primary care in Central Okanagan

September 15, 2020 at 6:15 pm  BC, News, Politics

Dr. Doug Cochrane, board chair, Interior Health –

“Partnerships with Indigenous communities and the division of family practice are foundational to our approach to building and sustaining a system of strong, culturally safe health services in the Central Okanagan region and across Interior Health. By working together with our partners, including the Syilx Nation, specifically the Westbank First Nation, Métis and Urban Aboriginal communities, we know the primary care networks will reflect the unique cultural and health-care needs of the communities they serve.”

Allan Louis, Syilx (Okanagan) Nation health governance representative –

“Syilx (Okanagan) Nation is pleased to support the announcement of the Primary Care Network in the central Okanagan. Improving the health of all Aboriginal people in Syilx territory is a key goal of Syilx Leadership. Through these innovative collaborations we look forward to our continued progress in implementing our partnership with Interior Health and the Divisions of Family Practice.”

Dr. Michael Koss, physician lead, Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice –

“Our community will benefit from the team-based, longitudinal care that underpins the primary care network. Our family physicians working closely in teams with nurses and allied health professionals to provide care, will enable us to see more patients and to enhance our services based on the needs of our patients, both in person and virtually.”

Dr. Kathleen Ross, president, Doctors of BC –

“The best health-care systems in the world have strong primary care and we hope that the primary care network initiative provides additional needed resources to doctors serving their community, especially those that strengthen longitudinal care in these pandemic times. A primary care network will collectively increase a community’s capacity to provide greater access to primary care for those who need it, especially for vulnerable patients and those with complex health conditions.”  

Michael Sandler, executive director, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC –

“The Association of the 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 the new primary care network. We believe that this approach will be pivotal in ensuring B.C. families feel connected to their health-care team and we are excited to see the launch of primary care networks in B.C.” 

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