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  • Community Information

    The Cranbrook area was first inhabited by the Ktunaxa (pronounced “Too nah hah”) native band who followed retreating glaciers into the region from the great lakes to the south. The railway played an important role in Cranbrook’s early development, a heritage that is celebrated today in the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.

    Located in the southeast corner of BC, Cranbrook is the business capital of the East Kootenays and the largest city in the Rocky Mountain region. Nestled on a gentle plain with scenic mountain vistas in the distance, it is considered by many to be the ideal location to raise a family or retire.

    Boasting more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the province, its residents enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Summers are warm and sunny with temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius. Winters are generally mild with some snow and average temperatures around – 4 degrees Celsius.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, mining, manufacturing, and tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 19,319 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
      Patient Catchment: 24,276
      
      Ages of Population
      0-17: 19.4%
      18-24: 10.1%
      25-64: 54.0%
      65+: 16.5% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures) 

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health
      
      Health Service Delivery Area: East Kootenay
      
      Regional District: East Kootenay
      
      Rural Designation: RSA community
      
      RRP Designation: A
      
      RRP Points: 20.00
      


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 51 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 46 Specialists
      
      Clinics
      F W Green Medical Centre
      1629 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 426-6601
      
      Cranbrook Health Centre
      20 - 23rd Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5V1
      P: 250 426-4817 | F: 250 420-2296
      
      Associate Medical Clinic
      123 - 10 Ave South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2N1
      P: 250 426-4231
      
      Tamarack Medical Clinic
      191 - 1500 Cranbrook St North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3S8
      P: 250 426-7724
      
      St. Mary's Band Health Centre
      7470 Mission Road
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5
      P: 250 426-5717
      
      Cranbrook Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Clinic
      225-1629 Baker St
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 426-1124
      
      TMVC Travel Medicine & Vaccination Centre Inc
      10-1617 Baker St
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 426-3249
      

    • 2012 socio-economic profile of Cranbrook (Source: BC Government).

  • East Kootenay Regional Hospital is an area facility that offers the following services:

    Internal Medicine
    Obstetrics and Gynecology
    General Surgery
    Orthopaedics
    Ophthalmology
    ENT
    Pathology
    Psychiatry
    Radiology
    
    
    • Contact Info

      East Kootenay Regional Hospital
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 426-5281 | F: 250 426-5285
      www.vch.ca/EN/find_locations/find_locations/?&site_id=818
      

    • Hospital Info

      Acute Care Beds: 73
      
      Emergency Care Beds: 14 (all with monitors)
      
      Intensive Care Unit: 4 beds
      
      Referral Hospital: Kelowna (536 km)
      
      Cardiac Stress Testing: Yes
      
      Endoscopy: Yes
      

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community. It is open 24/7.
      
      Emergency Care Beds: 14 (all with monitors)
      
      Number of Visits Per Year: 20,425 (2009/2010 IHA)
      
      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 536 km to Kelowna
      

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      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 Services

      There are anaesthesia services in this community.

    • Surgery

      There are surgical services in this community, including:
      major, minor, orthopedic, and general surgery procedures.
      

    • Maternity

      There are obstetrical services in this community, including Caesarian section.
      
      Midwifery
      East Kootenay Midwives
      12 - 1617 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 489-3198 | F: 250 489-3752
      

    • Lab services

      East Kootenay Regional Hospital
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 489-6443 | F: 250 426-8052
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 2 pm
      
      In Community
      Associate Medical Clinic
      123 - 10th Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2N1
      P: 250 426-4231     |     F: 250 426-4357
      

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      East Kootenay Regional Hospital
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 426-5281 | F: 250 426-5285
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 2 pm
      
      Ultrasound
      There are ultrasound services in this community.
      
      CT
      There are CT services in this community.
      
      MRI 
      There are MRI services in this community, including mobile MRI.
      
      Additional Services
      Mammography, Bone Densitometry
      

    • BC Ambulance

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

    • Pharmacy

      Hospital
      East Kootenay Regional Hospital Pharmacy
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 489-6410 | F: 250 420-4182
      
      In-community
      Drugstore Pharmacy #1553
      2100 - 17th Street North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7J1
      P: 250 420-2135 | F: 250 420-2132
      
      Golden Life Pharmacy
      1701 Willowbrook Drive
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 0A5
      P: 250 417-3666 | F: 250 417-3644
      
      Peoples Pharmacy #388
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 420-4133 | F: 250 420-4135
      
      Pharmasave #255
      1005 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1A6
      P: 250 426-3368 | F: 250 426-2365
      
      Safeway Food and Drug - Pharmacy #2271
      1200 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1A8
      P: 250 417-0221 | F: 250 417-0277
      
      Save-on-Foods Pharmacy #915
      505 Victoria Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 6S3
      P: 250 489-5711 | F: 250 489-3358
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart # 290
      Tamarack Shopping Center
      #275 - 1500 Cranbrook Street North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3S8
      P: 250 489-3438 | F: 250 489-3402
      
      Wal-Mart Pharmacy
      #3183, 2100 Willowbrook Drive
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7H2
      P: 250 489-5338 | F: 250 489-5008
      
      Zellers Pharmacy #244
      Tamarack Shopping Centre
      #120, 1500 Cranbrook Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3S8
      P: 250 417-0814 | F: 250 489-5273 
      

    • Extended Care

      Tamarack Cottage (7 beds)
      2005 – 5th Street North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4Y2
      P: 250 417-0103

      Dr. F.W. Greene Memorial Home (60 beds)
      1700 - 4th Street South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 6E1
      P: 250 426-3710 | F: 250 426-3622

    • Home Nursing

      St. Mary's Band Health Centre
      7470 Mission Road
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5
      P: 250 426-5717

      Cranbrook Home and Prenatal Support
      20 - 23rd Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5V1
      P: 250 417-6161 | F: 250 489-1734

      Home & Community Care Office
      P: 250 420-2200

    • Dietetics

      Cranbrook Health Unit
      #20 - 23rd Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4P1
      P: 250 420-2207
      Hrs: Wed 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 
      

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Cranbrook Health Unit Diabetes Unit
      #20 - 23rd Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4P1
      P: 250 420-2207
      Hrs: Tues-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      
      In-community
      Ktunaxa Health Services
      7472 Mission Road
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5
      P: 250 489-4563 | F: 250 489-4585
      www.ktunaxa.org
      

    • Physiotherapy

      Outpatient Arthritis Program
      East Kootenay Regional Hospital
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 426-5281 | F: 250 426-5285

      In-community
      Kootenay Therapy Center
      #8, 1777 - 2nd Street North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7G9
      P: 250 426-4629

      Cranbrook Physiotherapy Clinic
      28 South 11th Avenue
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2P1
      P: 250 426-7097

      Rec-Plex Physiotherapy
      1521 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 417-3368

    • Occupational therapy

      Outpatient Arthritis Program
      East Kootenay Regional Hospital
      13 - 24th Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 426-5281 | F: 250 426-5285
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      CMHA 
      Kootenays Branch
      39 - 13 Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2V4
      P: 250 426-5222 | F: 250 426-2133
      www.kootenays.cmha.bc.ca
      
      Adult Community/Mental Health Support Services & Detox
      Cranbrook Health Unit
      #20 - 23rd Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4P1
      P: 250 420-2207
      
      Developmental Disability Mental Health Services
      100, 117 - 10th Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2N1
      P: 250 426-4822
      
      East Kootenay Addiction Services
      202 - 1617 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 489-4344
      www.ekass.com
      
      Mental Health Support Workers
      2205 - 2nd Street North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3L4
      P: 250 417-6161
      
      Ankors AIDS Network
      #46 - 17th Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5A8
      P: 250 426-3383 | TF: 1 800 421-2437
      
      Kootenay Clover Club House
      400 Victoria Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3Y3
      P: 250 426-0102
      
      Tamarack Cottage (7 beds)
      2005 - 5th Street North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4Y2
      P: 250 417-0103
      

    • Social workers

      Interior Health Authority
      13 - 24 Avenue North
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3H9
      P: 250 426-5281 | TFP: 1 866 288-8082 | F: 250 426-5285
      
      In-community
      Summit Community Services Society
      100, 125 - 10 Avenue South
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2N1
      P: 250 489-3114 | F: 250 489-3151
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
      
      Ben Braun
      210 - 1113 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1A7
      P: 250 417-7296
      
      Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Family & Child Services
      7472 Mission Road
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5
      P: 250 489-4563 | F: 250 489-4585
      

  • Ankors AIDS Network
    #46 - 17th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5A8
    P: 250 426-3383 | TF: 1 800 421-2437
    Hrs: Drop-in: Tues & Thurs 2 pm - 4 pm
    Hrs: Needle Exchange - Tues & Thurs 2 pm - 4 pm
    
    Community Respiratory Program - Travelling Clinic
    Provided by Interior Health
    P: 250 420-2297
    
    Better Babies
    #46 - 17th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5A8
    P: 250 489-5011 | F: 250 489-5905
    Hrs: Mon-Thurs 9 am - 4 pm
    
    The Canadian Diabetes Association
    Cranbrook District Branch
    1589 Sutherland Avenue
    Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y7
    P: 250 762-9447
    www.diabetes.ca
    
    Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    39 - 13th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2V4
    P: 250 426-5222 ext. 27
    
    Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays
    Youth Outreach and Family Support
    39-13th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2V4
    P: 250 426-7477
    
    Elderly Services (East Kootenay) at Cranbrook Health Unit
    20-23rd Avenue S
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5V1
    P: 250 420-2200
    
    HIV/AIDS Information And Support
    205 14th Avenue
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3W3
    P: 250 426-3383
    


    • Practice Site Information

      F W Green Medical Centre
      1629 Baker Street
      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
      P: 250 426-6601 | F: 250 426-6470
      
      Physician Site Coordinator(s)
      Dr. Kenneth Brown
      
      Practice Profile
      
      3 office days, one of which is on-call for the group of ten practices, the other days are for ER work or Specialty clinics in Ambulatory care. Weekends are approximately 1 in 4 for hospital inpatients, Obs and any ER shifts that fit the schedule.
      
      Residents will see 15-20 patients per day, depending upon your pace. There is an emphasis of continuity of care of selected patients, arranging office follow up and procedures.
      


    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes
      
      Medical Student: UBC
      
      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes
      
      Medical Resident: UBC
      
      Other professionals: 
      Imaging and Laboratory Service Professionals
      Nurse Practioners
      Nursing
      Physiotherapy
      


    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community
      Great place to be in the summer. Lots of fun outdoor recreation and beautiful surroundings to explore.
      
      On the Experience
      
      Very friendly preceptors who will arrange your schedule to give you the best experience possible. Lots of variety in the week. Typically spend 1 day in ER, 1 day with specialist (internal, Gen Surg, ENT, Anesthesia, Pediatrics etc), 1 day as “walk-in” doctor, 2 days regular family medicine clinic. Also, the opportunity to spend time in Chemo clinic with Dr. Lowden. Can do extra ER shifts on weekends. Good level of responsibility seeing patient’s on own in clinic and ER with back-up available if needed.
      
      Challenges
      Call is 24/7 which can be tiring, but preceptors are always willing to rearrange things if you need a rest. Alternate between 2 preceptors
      

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 15-20

    • Office Set-up

      Office Space:
      You share office space with the preceptors, but we do have double work stations in some offices. Each office has two exam rooms; one is used by the Resident on office days. Each exam room has a computer linked to the web and local network
      
      Payment modality: Fee-for-service
      
      Is there space for the resident to have an office an an examination room? Yes
      
      Technology: 
      Internet
      Electronic Medical Records
      


    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes, weekly hospital Grand Rounds
      
      CME Teleconferences: Yes, weekly teleconferences.
      
      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.
      
      Journal Clubs/Reading: No
      
      Computer-based: Yes, there are opportunities for computer-based education.
      
      CCFP Small Group Learning: No
      
      Small Group Learning:  Yes, there are opportunities for Small Group Learning.
      PBL McMaster small group
      
      What other educational opportunities are available to your students and residents (e.g., rounds, CPD)? 
      Obs rounds, occasional Cont. Ed courses come to the region.
      


    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Kenneth Brown, 
      Dr. Frank Ackerman (Emerg)
      Dr. Keith Lowden