Martin Street Outreach centre officially opens doors

InfoTel News, October 23, 2015.

The primary and community based care centre has been operating at 437 Martin Street since May, but had it's officially opening today, Oct. 23.

The Outreach Centre is already serving 350 clients, according to Penticton physician Dr. Kyle Stevens, who has played a major role in the centre’s operation since its inception. He  hopes to eventually expand the client base to 1,000.

The Centre provides primary health care services for people suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, who can’t or won’t access traditional services. It was formerly located in the Penticton Health Centre but moved to the Martin Street location to allow clients easier access.

The outreach centre is a collaborative effort between Interior Health and the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, which represents 132 doctors in the region. The centre itself is staffed by five doctors who partner to perform primary health care in the clinic.