IH Community Update – Sept. 12, 2014

September 12, 2014

Cascade Medical Centre – Princeton

RENOVATIONS
The Cascade Medical Centre is currently undergoing renovations to create a fifth exam room in the facility. This additional room will help increase the centre’s efficiency to ensure the delivery of quality health care to the region.
The renovations began in early September and are expected to be complete sometime in October. Interior Health apologizes for any inconvenience during the renovation period and offers our sincere thanks for the region’s support.

If you have any concerns regarding the renovations, please call Susan Brown, Community Integrated Health Services Administrator at (250) 770-3559.

RAPID ACCESS CLINICS
The Cascade Medical Centre is piloting a Rapid Access Clinics program. This new program provides patients with quick access to a physician or nurse practitioner for appointments that include: lab results, injections, prescription refills (no narcotics), X-ray results, or general illness (ear infections, throat swabs, urinary tract infections, etc.). The program is aimed at improving efficiency and allowing for faster access to family practitioners, similar to a walk-in clinic.

Also called Rapid Access Appointments, this program has been used in private family practice settings to help health care professionals tailor their services, and their time, to the unique needs of patients. While some patients require only brief check-ups, others with more complex health needs may require longer appointments.

Please note: regular appointments are still available and can still be made by calling the centre’s main line at (250) 295-4482.

NURSE PRACTITIONER
Interior Health would like to advise the residents of Princeton and surrounding communities that Viola Brown, Nurse Practitioner (covering for Tanya Ter Keurs’s patients only) will be starting at the Cascade Medical Centre on Sept. 29, 2014 and will be available for appointments.

PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT
The community of Princeton and Interior Health continue to work together on the recruitment and retention of additional physicians to the region. Successful recruitment is a shared responsibility and requires strong partnerships between Interior Health and the communities it serves. Solid evidence of that partnership exists in Princeton and we are confident a new physician will soon call Princeton home.

The Princeton Health Care Steering Committee has created a Retention and Recruitment Sub-Committee to ensure the citizens of the area are working closely with Interior Health on the recruitment process.

Dr. Ella Monro, from the Princeton medical team, will be donating her free time to do recruitment at the upcoming St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine conference in Whistler. Interior Health will continue providing updates as they occur.

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