Nanaimo Division of Family Practice

Patient Medical Home & PCN


Patient Medical Home (PMH) & Primary Care Network Nanaimo

Fall 2018 was a flurry of activity around the current state and future of primary care in Nanaimo. These activities included a Division-wide Patient Medical Home engagement event on September 11th, 2018, an Urgent Primary care gathering on October 30th, 2018, several PMH clinic visits and meetings, and a series of urgent primary care community and physician think-tanks. While the specific goals of each of these activities varied, our overall goal was to provide opportunities to hear and learn from the experiences and knowledge of our members and community partners to inform primary care planning for the future.

The Division would like to thank all of you for your time and dedication to these endeavours and we hope you will continue on this journey with us as we embark on planning our Primary Care Network (PCN).  Nanaimo is set to submit our expression of interest to gain approval to enter into our PCN service planning in Spring 2019 (waiting on date from the Ministry of Health). Your involvement in Division PMH/PCN events, clinic visits and engaging with the Practice Support Program, with the PMH self-assessments and phases of EMR panel development, all contribute to our community readiness for PCN planning. By definition, a Patient Medical Home (PMH) is a Family Practice supported to its full potential at the centre of primary care.   When the systems around your clinic are robust and integrated, you are better supported to ensure your patients receive the care they need.  This is the goal of our Primary Care Network.

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We will continue to reach out over the coming months with more opportunities to get involved and be heard.  In the meantime, if you would like to arrange a clinic visit with our Physician Lead, Dr. David Sims and our Project Manager, Laura Loudon, please reach out at lloudon@divisionbc.ca. (Sessional payment will be provided). You can also reach out directly to the Practice Support Program to learn more about the PMH practice support tools and incentives available. Please reach out to Ian Carson at ian.carson@viha.ca.

Together, PMHs and PCNs position primary care at the centre of an integrated health care system. For more information on Patient Medical Home and Primary Care Network, please see info sheets provided by GPSC.

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