Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Sept. 15, 2020 that B.C. will soon have 22 primary care networks, including three in Chilliwack and the Fraser Canyon. (File photo: Malin Jordan)

Three new primary care networks to boost health in Chilliwack, Fraser Canyon

New care networks will comprise 67 health care professionals over 22 First Nations communities

Health care is about to get a big boost all the way from Chilliwack to the Fraser Canyon.

The ministry of health is injecting $11.5 million in annual funding to three new primary care networks that will service Chilliwack, Hope, District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs and communities in the Fraser Canyon, including 22 First Nation communities. The list of health services professionals to be hired include general practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, allied health professionals, traditional healers and a clinical pharmacist.

In total, they amount to 67 health professionals.

Adrian Dix, minister of health, says the influx of supports in the area will transform everyday health care for everyone in the region. It’s part of a push throughout the province to establish primary care networks across the province.

“For too long, people throughout B.C. have been struggling to access the primary, regular health care they need, when they need them most. Through our primary care strategy, we are transforming our health care system and are making life better for everyone,” Dix said. “For people in Chilliwack, this means adding more health professionals in the community to provide better access to a seamless patient-centred primary care experience, closer to home.”

The three primary care networks will be referred to as Chilliwack North, Chilliwack South and Fraser Health Rural PCNs.

READ MORE: B.C. First Nations Health Authority launches virtual doctor program

The Chilliwack North and South PCNs are the home of Aitchelitz, Kwaw-kwaw-Aplit, Shxwha:y Village, Skowkale (Sq’ewqéyl), Skwah, Soowahlie, Squiala First Nation, Tzeachten (Ch’i:yàqtel), and Yakweakwioose First Nation communities. The Fraser Health Rural PCN is the home of Boothroyd, Boston Bar, Chawathil, Cheam, Chehalis (Sts’ailes), Peters Band, Popkum, Seabird Island, Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation, Skawahlook FN (Sq’ewá:lxw), Spuzzum, Union Bar, and Yale First Nation communities.

The goal of a PCN is to provide comprehensive, team-based primary care services for day-to-day health-care needs in the region. That will include culturally safe care for Indigenous people, among other benefits.

The ministry partnered with Fraser Health, the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the First Nations Health Authority.

Dr. Joshua Greggain, chairperson of the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice said the network will be able to handle the geographic challenges of the area.

“With a varied geography that includes an urban and suburban population in Chilliwack, rural communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Boston Bar, as well as 22 First Nation communities across the region, we have created a plan to improve access to primary care services and will include novel team-based care into to a mosaic of allied health care offerings,” he said. “These three PCNs will provide transformational change in an already robust primary care system, built on a foundation of family physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health-care workers and community partners. We believe the future of our PCNs has the potential to further support our providers, our patients, and communities, for exceptional health care in our region.”

READ MORE: B.C. to launch 22 primary care networks to provide team-based health care


@CHWKcommunity
jpeters@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. taxpayers could be on the hook for upwards of $27 million in total payouts for MLA pensions. (file)
Pensions are adding up for defeated, retiring MLAs: Taxpayers’ group

Martin and Throness would get $28,000 per year, lifetime pensions estimated ~$700K

Halloween enhanced image of a pumpkin patch to get you going. (Ryan Dyck Photography)
Halloween displays around Chilliwack are always a treat

Here is a list of addresses where some of the more creative Halloween displays can be viewed

Google Maps screenshot taken at 7:56 a.m., Oct. 29.
TRAFFIC: Westbound Highway 1 crash between Chilliwack and Abbotsford

Left lane is blocked, traffic backed up to No. 3 Road

A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Chilliwack women’s organization among those lobbying for free contraception

Ann Davis Society says while it’s a women’s issue, all of society would benefit from program

Jeremy Bull, budtender at Dutch Bros. Buds outside the new store on Vedder Road in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
Cannabis retail shops in Chilliwack roll through the pandemic

Opening Chilliwack cannabis store in pandemic was ‘interesting’ says a licensed store manager

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks Thursday (Oct. 29) during a news conference held at Fraser Health office, in video posted to Facebook. (Photo: Government of British Columbai/Facebook)
COVID-19 ‘disproportionately’ affecting Fraser Health: Henry

Health region has about 75 per cent of B.C.’s active cases

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is shown in Toronto on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. The maker of Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to pay over $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph O’Connal
B.C. man’s lawsuit over marketing of Canada Dry ginger ale settled for $200K

Soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability

Vancouver Island-based Wilson’s Transportation has expanded to fill some of the routes left unserviced by Greyhound as of Nov. 1, 2018. (Black Press files)
B.C. bus companies say they need help to survive COVID-19

Like airlines, motor coaches have lost most of their revenue

A deer was spotted in October 2020 in Prince Rupert, B.C., with a bright pink yoga ball stuck in its antlers. (Kayla Vickers/Chronicles Of Hammy The Deer Official Page)
Hammy 2.0? Prince Rupert deer spotted with bright pink yoga ball stuck in antlers

The BC Conservation Officer Service is aware of the deer roaming around the city

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna Mountie hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 months for alleged assault

Const. Julius Prommer is accused of breaking a woman’s knee during while responding to a noise complaint

Most Read