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  • Community Information
    The history of Grand Forks is strongly linked to the railroad and mining boom of the 1890s and early 1900s. It is home of the descendants of many BC’s Doukhobours, a Pacifist group of political refugees from Russia that settled in the area in 1909. The Doukhobour culture is still evident in the valley today.

    Grand Forks is located just north of the Canada/United States border in the Thompson Okanagan region, in south central BC. With its tree-lined streets, heritage homes and old fashioned baseball diamond, the city is a reminder of times gone by. The Grand Forks economy was founded upon mining and agriculture and today it is one of the fastest growing towns in the Kootenays.

    Residents enjoy a wide range of leisure pursuits including fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing and all types of water sports. With an average of over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, the Grand Forks valley is frequently referred to as “Sunshine Valley”. Temperatures range from -8 to -2 degrees Celsius in the winter and 18 to 26 degrees Celsius during the summer months.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, mining, tourism, agriculture


    • Population

      Town Population: 4,126 (BC Stats, 2006 Census)

      Patient Catchment: 10,000

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 16.0%

      18-24: 8.6%

      25-64: 50.2%

      65+: 25.2% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Kootenay Boundary

      Regional District: Kootenay Boundary

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 25.40


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 5 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 1 Specialist

      Clinics

      Boundary Medical Clinic

      Box 400, 7486 – 2nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-8233

      Grand Forks Health Centre

      1200 Central Avenue

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-3150



    • Contact Info

      Boundary Hospital

      Box 2647, 7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2100 | F: 250 442-8331


    • Hospital Info

      Boundary Hospital provides:

        • Laboratory and radiology (x-ray) services

       

        • Emergency services (24hr)

       

        • Acute care beds for patient admissions for general medicine, observation, assessment, convalescence and palliative care

       

        • Low-risk obstetrical care

       

        • Outpatient ambulatory care procedures

       

        • Physiotherapy

       

        • Clinics and programs including diabetic education, respiratory, chemotherapy, IV Therapy, dialysis

       

      Acute Care Beds: 12

      Emergency Care Beds: 9

      Major Medical Centre: Kelowna (231 km)


    • Emergency Room

      This community has a full service Emergency Room that is open 24/7. It offers limited obstetrical services in addition to emergent and acute care.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 11,181 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)

      Number of Emergency Beds: 9

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 231 km to Kelowna


    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CAEP Classification

      Description Level 4 – Facility with inpatient beds. May be optional services i.e. obstetrics, definitive for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, open 24/7

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)

      CTAS Level II (Emergent)

      CTAS Level III (Urgent)

      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)

      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)


    • Anaesthetics

      This community offers anaesthetic services (GP Anaesthetist)

    • Surgery

      This community provides minor surgeries, including carpal tunnel corrections, hernia repairs, and vasectomies


    • Maternity

      Midwives from Penticton service this area.

      Willow Community Midwives

      254B Ellis Street

      Penticton, BC, V2A 8K3

      P: 250 276-6088 | F: 250 276-6101

    • Lab services

      Boundary Hospital Lab

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H

      P: 250 443-2116 | F: 250 442-2104

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 2 pm


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Boundary Hospital Imaging

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2118 | F: 250 442-8331

      Hrs: 8 am – 2 pm

      Ultrasound

      This community has ultrasound imaging services

      Mammography

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.



    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.


    • Pharmacy

      Drugstore Pharmacy #8581

      Box 940, 7007 – 27th Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-5360 | F: 250 442-8170

      Overwaitea Pharmacy #24

      Box 70, 441 Central Avenue

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-3147 | F: 250 442-3149

      Pharmasave #106

      Box 998, 330 Central Avenue

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-3515 | F: 250 442-3225

      Value Drug Mart

      Box 1409, 317 Market Avenue

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-0897 | F: 250 442-0913

    • Extended Care

      Hardy View Lodge (80 beds)

      Boundary Hospital

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2100


    • Home Nursing

      Continuing Care Program

      Boundary Hospital

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2100


    • Dietetics

      Outpatient Nutritional Counselling

      Boundary Hospital

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2100


    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Boundary Hospital

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2100


    • Physiotherapy

      Physiotherapy Department

      Boundary Hospital

      7649 – 22nd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-2100

      In-community

      Suzanne Grant

      1200 Central Avenue, Glanville Centre

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-5780 | F: 250 442-3588

    • Occupational therapy

      Laura Ford

      1200 Central Avenue, Glanville Centre

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-5780 | F: 250 442-3588


    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Boundary Mental Health & Addiction Services

      Box 34, 7474 – 3rd Street

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-0330

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


    • Social workers

      Grand Forks Health Unit

      Interior Health Authority

      Box 2647, 1200 Central Avenue, Glanville Center

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 443-3150 | F: 250 443-3180

      Boundary Family and Individual Services Society

      1200 Central Avenue, Glanville Centre

      Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-2267


  • Ankors AIDS Network
    #46 – 17th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5A8
    P: 250 426-3383 | TFP: 1 800 421-2437

    Freedom Quest / CYMH Grand Forks
    486B – 72nd Avenue
    Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0
    P: 250 442-4378 | F: 250 442-3588
    Hrs: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Boundary Family & Individual Services Society
    Pregnancy Outreach Program
    Box 2498
    Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0
    P: 250 442-5780 ext. 123 | F: 250 442-3588

    Boundary Family and Individual Services Society
    Violence Again Women Counseling Services
    Glanville Centre, 1200 Central Street
    Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0
    P: 250 443-3150

    • Practice Site Information

      Boundary Medical Clinic

      PO Box 400 Grand Forks BC V0H 1H0

      P: 250 442-8233 | F: 250 442-3949

      Physician Site Coordinator

      Dr Robb Sebastian

      All the staff meets in emergency every morning for minor procedures, lumps and bumps, emerg patients etc. On call in emergency. Wednesday rounds and daily chart reviews.

      On-call Schedule

      1 in 5

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC, Out of Province

      Other Professionals: Physiotherapy

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the community

      Nice community, easy to get to know people and get involved in activities.

      On the experience

      Very supportive environment yet lots of independence. Physicians and staff all wonderful to work with.

      Challenges

      “Many may be disappointed to have a lack of obstetrics here.”

    • “Patient

      % low: 40%

      % medium: 40%

      % high: 20%

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 120 -140

      Physician per Day: 30 – 35

      Resident per Day: 10 – 15

    • “Personnel

      Physiotherapists

    • Office Set-up

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No

      Payment modality: Fee-for-service

      Do you use a consistent charting system in your practice? Yes

      Is there a problem list on each chart? Yes

      Is there space for the resident to have an office and examination room? Yes

      Would you expect the resident to rotate offices on a regular basis? No

      Technology: Billing, Healthnet in town

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes, informal

      CME Teleconferences: No

      Videoconferences: Yes, there are opportunities to engage in CME via videoconference

      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.

      Journal Clubs/Reading: No

      CCFP Small Group Learning: No

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Geoff Coleshill, Dr. David Merry (Christina Lake), Dr. Bob Lewis, Dr. Nathan Dalla Lana

    • Teaching Disciplines

      Medicine

      Nursing

      Mental Health