The Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN), which brings patient centred care to residents is working in Bashaw.
“We are on the right track in Bashaw,” Stacey Strilchuk Executive Director, told Bashaw council at its Aug. 13 meeting. “It took us a bit of time.”
Last fall the PCN was searching for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to work alongside the doctor in the Bashaw Health Centre and focusing on screening for medical issues.
An LPN has since been hired, which enables the PCN to bring a team-based approach to care to patients.
“The doctor and LPN are stream lining (services), said Strilchuk.
The PCN, which started in 2005, utilizes health care in a team approach co-ordinating with doctors, pharmcists, nurses, dietitians and sometimes social workers and mental health liaisons.
The PCN, which works with 36 family doctors and 25 health care providers in six clinics and four hospitals/health care facilities, is an extension of doctor services in Bashaw, Camrose, Daysland, Forestburg, Hardisty, Killam and Tofield.
The PCN helps bring health services to patients who may not be able to travel. Medical records will become electronic and patients can meet with health team members and social workers via Skype if the individual isn’t able to drive to a larger centre and don’t want to move from Bashaw.
“What a wonderful asset for our town,” said Mayor Penny Shantz. “It’s an excellent program.”
Likewise, Coun. Rosella Peterman agreed, saying, ”It sounds really good.”
Bashaw Chief Administrative Officer Theresa Fuller said the PCN is “very necessary and a big necessity” for Bashaw, adding that she sees it appeal for seniors.
Victim services grant application
Bashaw council agreed, at its Aug. 13 meeting, to write a letter of support for Bashaw and District Victim Services’ grant application through Alberta Solicitor General Victims of Crime Fund.
The Bashaw service is applying for a three-year grant to last until December 2018.
Bashaw and District Victim Services covers the communities of Bashaw, Alix, Donalda, Edberg, New Norway, Mirror and surrounding area.
The money helps with training and professional develop for the service’s volunteer advocates, administrative support, victim transportation when required, crisis management training, volunteer recognition, board training and community presentations.
“Together, we can help those affected by crime and tragedy,” said Holly Buelow, operational coordinator, in her request to council.
“It’s a real valuable service to have here,” said Mayor Penny Shantz.