WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR
A consistent relationship with a family doctor & health team
can ensure you are healthier as you age

Research shows you will receive better care, make fewer visits to emergency rooms and live longer. In fact, there’s a long – and growing – list of reasons why you need a family doctor.

Your family doctor is your main point of contact – or ‘home base’ – in the health system. Also known as your health or medical home, your doctor’s clinic can meet your everyday health needs and connect you to other health and social services. Because they know your history, they can help reduce the number of times you have to tell your story or undergo duplicate tests.

Benefits of having a family doctor:

  1. More support to achieve your personal health goals
  2. Preventative care and disease management
  3. Your doctor knows your health history and needs
  4. Access to a team of health professionals, free programs and services
  5. Your knowledge and preferences are valued; you can play a greater role in decision-making

“Albertans who have a continuous relationship with a family doctor and team don’t just improve their health. They can also help to save costs. ”

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The MRPCN is a Patient Experience Award Recipient
Together with Life Medical Clinic, congratulations to all involved. 

“The Patient Experience Awards were established by the HQCA and its Patient and Family Advisory Committee to recognize and spread knowledge about initiatives that improve the patient’s overall experience in accessing and receiving healthcare services.”

Thank you to the Health Quality Council of Alberta for recognizing us. Our PCN Team and Life Medical Clinic have worked incredibly on the Reducing the Impacts of Financial Strain (RIFS) project.

“The Life Medical Clinic and McLeod River Primary Care Network are working together to reduce the impact of financial strain (RIFS) on their patients. They developed and implemented a screening tool that creates a safe space to have a conversation with a patient about the impact of finances on their health. The clinic worked closely with the Alberta Health Services Health Promotions team to map the local agencies who could provide appropriate supports for each patient.”

Click here for more information on the award and other recipients

Other recipents include:

Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) for their collaboration with patients, family, staff, and community artists to design and create the Hope Hallway,which transforms the traditional, institutionalized feel of the hospital to one that is teen-friendly, hopeful, comforting, and engaging.

To see the AHS press release regarding the award,  Click here.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Patient and Family Centred Care team who facilitated conversations with families of medically complex children, to understand how they were uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine. With this information they developed a series of virtual caregiver support sessions which created a virtual community to help families cope and navigate challenges with supportive peers and providers through the pandemic.

As well as the medical assistance in dying (MAID) program at AgeCare, which  provides residents with compassionate end-of-life care in a peaceful and supportive space.

Congatulations and thank you to everyone involved.