Ralph Jones, Physician Lead for the Division has been in Chilliwack for
the past 20 years, the longest uninterrupted time he has spent
anywhere - including his childhood, study and work in Britain. That
in itself is testimony to how much he likes Chilliwack! With no
intention of moving, he sees himself retiring in this community. Dr.
Jones shares that practising medicine in his community has been a
pleasure, interesting and fulfilling in a medical community that is
welcoming, collegial, and supportive. When he first came here, he was
also practising obstetrics and emergency medicine. As time and age
marched on, he has now redirected his focus on general practice. He
finds that Chilliwack allows him to work as a GP specialist in mental
health, where he is involved in intake, chronic care, eating disorders,
and support to mental health residential homes. He is also the medical
director of two geriatric care homes. He maintains full active
privileges at Chilliwack Hospital. He is also involved with the hospital
care physician system, supporting his colleagues and providing care to
unattached patients. A staunch
believer in the need for doctors to be leaders, he served as medical
director of the mental health services for 12 years. He has also been
closely involved with provincial medical activities, including serving
as President of the B.C Society of General Practitioners and being twice
elected as the Doctors of BC delegate for this area. He continues as
the Doctors of BC delegate and is involved in many provincial
initiatives such as the emerging Residential Care Initiative.
Josh Greggain has been involved in leadership with the Division since
2012, and a member since 2009. Throughout that time, has have been the
lead physician from Hope, representing the physicians and nurse
practitioners through the GP4ME, as well as facilitating engagement
sessions in our community. Dr. Greggain is currently the Site Medical
Director for Fraser Canyon Hospital. Joshua has been a full-service
family physician in Hope since 2007. He provides office-based family
practice, including inpatient, hospice, and emergency care at Fraser
Canyon Hospital. He also have been instrumental in facilitating the
First Nations outreach clinic in Anderson Creek since 2010. He is
excited to serve in the board, and believes that we have an opportunity
to shape health care delivery in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and the
Fraser Canyon. To do that, we need strong voices with visionary ideas to
be able to shape health care into a team-based, intra-disciplinary
model of healthcare.
Scott Markey, on the Board of Directors for the Division, is one of its
original founding members and has been practicing full time in
Chilliwack for twelve years. He values his colleagues in Chilliwack and
enjoys being able to work in the acute care setting. The scope of Dr.
Markey’s practice includes acute care work, residential care work,
office work, teaching residents and geriatrics work in the Primary Care
Seniors Clinic. Until recently he was involved with obstetrics and has
also worked in ER medicine for fourteen years. He sees the Division’s
role as facilitating primary care delivery and contributing to improved
patient care across the spectrum of primary care. In his spare time Dr.
Markey enjoys cooking, travelling, and brewing beer. He also likes to
take advantage of the outdoors through mountaineering, gardening, and
coaching kids’ hockey. He is glad his kids are growing up in a city like
Chilliwack with its proximity to the wilderness and outdoor activities.
His health advice for patients is to find a way to “make some time for
exercise at least five days a week.”
Dr. Mark Ballard is a General Internal Medicine Specialist. He is new to the Division of Family Medicine. He has recently completed his residency training and now has a practice focusing on general internal medicine and pain and symptom management for palliative cancer patients.
Administratively, Dr. Ballard is the head of medicine (local) for Chilliwack General Hospital. In this role he provides extensive education to residents and medical students and is also involved in multiple quality improvement projects.
In his spare time, Dr. Ballard with his wife Dr. Jenny Ko hike, travel and try be as active in their communities as possible.
Joanne Cecchi has been working in the health care field in Chilliwack for 22 years, in both private and public capacities. She began her career in the private industry assisting injured workers return to work and return to other important activities in their lives. She then transitioned to the public sector by working at the Home Health office for 10 years. Currently, Joanne works as Interim Manager at the Home Support office in town managing an office of nurses, care aides and admin staff. Joanne is committed to a cohesive community of health care practitioners between Fraser Health and the Division which can only result in better health care for the residents of Chilliwack/Agassiz/Hope. Physical activity is an important component of Joanne’s life and she and her husband have raised 3 active, goal driven boys. Down time for Joanne is walking her dog, gardening and spending time with her boys/husband.
Diane Janzen is a long-time resident of Chilliwack and is the Executive Director of Chilliwack Community Services. She brings a keen interest and commitment to health care, particularly the linkage between health care and social and economic outcomes. Diane served on City Council and worked heavily in health care areas including serving as chair of the Mayor’s Health Committee on Health Care. In this role, Diane worked with community partners to complete the new Emergency Wing of the Chilliwack General Hospital, served as a Board member on the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation and was instrumental in spearheading the Chilliwack Contact Centre with PCRS. As well, Diane worked with the Division of Family Practice in its early days and has been a representative to a number of health committees.
Diane is committed to advancing the mandate of the Division of Family Practice and to improving health outcomes for all Chilliwack residents by advancing a wellness rather than acute care model, moving forward community based health care and ensuring access of all Chilliwack residents to timely care.
Need to make an appointment at the Primary Care Clinic?
c/o Chilliwack General Hospital
45600 Menholm Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 1P7