• Family Doctor Week: Letter to the Editor

    Colleen Lindholm | November 5, 2013

    “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” 
    ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh 

    November 4th – 9th marks the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s 10th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada. The College proudly acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Canadian family doctors for their dedication to their patients and the delivery of high quality health care.  As Executive Director of the Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN), I am also pleased to highlight this important week!

    As many of you know a fundamental part of the Camrose PCN’s vision is to support family doctors in delivering coordinated, quality rural primary care with the support of other health providers.  Over the past five years the PCN has worked with family doctors in a variety of settings including the Smith Clinic, Gemini Health Centre, Bashaw Medical Clinic, Daysland Medical Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital.  We are very proud of the local PCN programming that has been developed - dedicated to patients and patient care.

    Often physician recognition efforts focus on the physician’s clinical performance. This year - In the spirit of Family Doctor Week – I would like to also recognize the efforts of the PCN Board of Directors which includes Dr. Nichol (PCN Physician Lead), Dr. Peters and Dr. Niemann, Dr. Bredesen and Dr. Awakan.  Each of the PCN Board of Directors shows a commitment to working in a collaborative environment, leading the way in providing guidance and expertise - making the Camrose PCN what it is today!  Each illustrates physician engagement by supporting and involving themselves in committees, clinical pathway development and championing service or quality.

    On behalf of the PCN, I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the PCN Board of Directors and all the PCN Family Doctors for all they do.  

    Stacey L. Strilchuk – Executive Director, Camrose PCN

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