Primary health care services in Meadow Lake are expanding and improving, a fact celebrated by those taking part in the grand opening of the Meadow Lake Primary Health Centre on Friday, April 20.
“This grand opening recognizes a tremendous step forward for primary health care in Prairie North Health Region,” said the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan's Minister of Health. “Today is a celebration of a new approach to primary health care. This facility has been renovated with the needs of patients in mind.”
Health care is being provided at this centre in a way that better serves the patients, the health providers and the community, McMorris added.
The Meadow Lake Primary Health Care team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, RN/case managers, public health nurses, medical office assistants, mental health professionals, chronic disease educators, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, a pharmacist, and the clinic manager, all working together to provide seamless care to patients, based on their individual needs.
David Fan, CEO of Prairie North Health Region, says implementing the primary health model of care improves access to health care services by making the right services more readily available, and not necessarily delivered by a physician.
“If you know you need to see the chronic disease educator about managing your diabetes, you don't have to wait to see your physician to refer you to that service – you can access it directly,” Fan said. “Four new physicians will join the team in Meadow Lake by September, and as they and other health professionals join the clinic, the value of this approach to care will be magnified. Access to care for community members will continue to improve significantly.”
The transition to this model of care has meant all team members are learning to practice more collaboratively for the benefit of the patient. “From my experience, it feels like we are giving much better care to a lot of our patients, and we are improving their access to care by having those additional health professionals in the clinic,” said Dr. Leani Loots, one of the Primary Health Centre's family physicians.
The evolution of the Primary Health Centre has been a community undertaking, with many people and organizations contributing to its success so far. Taking part in the official grand opening ceremony were Minister McMorris; Meadow Lake Mayor Gary Vidal; Vice Chief Dwayne Lasas from Meadow Lake Tribal Council; Bonnie O'Grady, Chair of Prairie North Regional Health Authority; and Janet Caldwell, Chair of the Meadow Lake and Area Community Health Advisory Network. Reeve John Lawson, from the Rural Municipality of Meadow Lake No. 588, was unable to attend the ceremony but has been an active part of the planning process.
The Meadow Lake Primary Health Centre is located at 218 Centre Street. The phone number is (306) 236-5661.
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