The Camrose Primary Care Network exists to meet the primary healthcare needs of Camrose and Area through collaborative, comprehensive team based patient care.

Your Health Home - What it means to you and your family

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During this important week where we celebrate The College of Family Physicians of Canada 2015 Family Doctor Week, the Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN) wants you to know the importance of having a Family Doctor and that you are attached to the Camrose PCN – giving you access to programs and services as part of your Health Home.

Research shows that having a family doctor and seeing them regularly as part of your Health Home keeps you healthier as you age, helps you live longer, helps prevent future illness, catches problems early before they get serious and helps keep you out of the hospital.

Having a regular family doctor can help you and your family make healthy decisions and help prevent health concerns. Not only is your family doctor a reliable source of answers to your health questions, but he or she knows you and your family. General advice is not as good as specific health information relevant to your needs. Visits to your family doctor also help you stay accountable for those healthy decisions that can be hard to follow through on; regular support can make the difference. Family doctors look to prevent health issues before they happen. They know your past health issues and your health history. When you have a family doctor, you’re more than just a stranger with a chart.

You may be asking – what is my Health Home?  Your Health Home is not necessarily a bricks-and-mortar building – it is your “health network”. .. A network of your family doctor, health care providers and community organizations all working together to provide YOU the best possible primary care.  It's where you visit your family doctor or other healthcare providers; where you receive education and support; where you have access to health programs and services that are coordinated for you and where you don’t have to re-tell your health story every visit.  

"Although health home definitions vary and continue to evolve, at the heart of a health home is a family physician practice that are committed to organizing and coordinating care based on patients’ needs and priorities," states Dr. Chris Nichol, Family Doctor and Camrose PCN Physician Lead. " The Camrose PCN and its associated family physician clinics will do our best to communicate directly with patients and their families, while integrating care across settings in collaboration with healthcare professionals and key community stakeholders."   

The Camrose PCN is also an important part of your Health Home.  Patient centred around you and led by your family doctor who works together with healthcare professionals, the PCN is a team based approach looking at the big picture for you to get help about: understanding your diabetes, struggling with weight, high blood pressure, keeping your heart healthy, mental health/moods, reviewing your   medications, prenatal care, being a new parent/car seats, grief & bereavement support, learning to exercise, balance problems/falling, signs of memory loss and many other health concerns.

"A health home is a way to provide high quality healthcare services that best meet the needs of patients and families. It is not just a building, house, or hospital," says Stacey Strilchuk, Camrose PCN executive director.  "It is a priority of the Camrose PCN to ensure a good health home is organized to create the best primary healthcare value in a caring atmosphere for you as the patient, as well as an atmosphere of mutual respect and responsibility amongst patients, family physicians, healthcare and community providers."   

Starting in November during Family Doctor week, the Camrose PCN will be working hard to educate community members about their Health Home, as well as making sure they are aware of the programs and services individuals and their families can access through their Camrose PCN Family Doctor.  

Next time you visit your family doctor in Camrose, Bashaw, Forestburg, Daysland, Killam or Hardisty, ask if you are part of the Camrose PCN.  They can help you explore the programs and services within your Health Home that may be right for you!

For more information:
Camrose PCN
#1108 Suite 4 Camrose Recreation Centre, 4512 53 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 4E3