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Facts about primary care networks in Kootenay Boundary

According to BC Stats data, the communities that the Kootenay Boundary primary care network will serve have a combined population of 82,900.

Primary care networks are part of B.C.’s primary care strategy. They bring together new and existing health-care providers, health authorities, local First Nations, divisions of family practice and community service agencies that work together in partnership to ensure people have access to comprehensive, coordinated and team-based primary care services.

Primary care networks mean that patients:

  • who don’t have a regular primary care provider - a family doctor or nurse practitioner - will be able to get one;
  • will have an ongoing relationship with their primary care provider, which is important for their life-long health;
  • will get access to faster, more convenient care from their doctor or nurse practitioner and the care team;
  • will be provided and connected with a range of appropriate and accessible services and supports;
  • will be informed about all aspects of their care in community; and,
  • will know where to go to get the care they need, including evenings and weekends.

New resources being allocated include:

  • 3 full-time equivalent (FTE) family physicians
  • 5 FTE nurse practitioner
  • 6.85 FTE registered nurses
  • 8.8 FTE social workers
  • 7.4 FTE allied health professionals
  • 1 FTE clinical pharmacist
  • 1.5 FTE Indigenous health co-ordinator
What people are saying about primary care networks

Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West

“The primary care network will benefit thousands of people by making sure that they have improved access to co-ordinated, culturally safe, primary and community care. I’m proud of our government for giving this work the priority level it deserves.”

Dr. Doug Cochrane, board chair, Interior Health

“Partnerships with Aboriginal 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 Kootenay region and across Interior Health. By working together with our partners in the Kootenay Boundary, including the Syilx, Sinixt, Ktunaxa, and Métis Nations, along with the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society, we know the primary care network will reflect the unique cultural and health-care needs of the communities they serve.”

Dr. Shelina Musaji, physician lead, Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice

"We are already seeing the benefits of the primary care network in Kootenay Boundary. Patients are seeing the provider who can best support their needs, and our practitioners are able to work as a team, surrounding the patient and giving them the care they need to lead their healthiest life possible. It’s great for all providers, who love working as a team and can focus on supporting patients with their specific skill set, and it’s great for our patients who get the right care, at the right time, by the right provider.”

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 networks. 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."

Win Mott, patient representative, Kootenay Boundary primary care network steering committee

“As a senior living in Kootenay Boundary, having the care team who knows me best all under one roof and sharing the information I provide for them makes things much easier. It is exactly what I need. Instead of confronting a bewildering array of resources on my own to get help, the primary care network gives me one familiar and trusted source, with a team working together to give me the best possible care. I’m certain that patients in Kootenay Boundary and right across British Columbia are going to really appreciate the team approach of the primary care network."