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  • Community Information

    The quiet community of Creston is located south of Kootenay Lake in the heart of the Rockies region in southeast BC. Known as the “Valley of the Swans”, the Creston Valley is a breathtaking combination of snow-capped mountain peaks, fields of grain, deep clear lakes and wide-open spaces.

    Although primarily an agricultural centre, with a focus on fruit production, the community’s economy is also dependent upon forestry, manufacturing, mining and tourism.

    Blessed with a temperate climate and situated amidst mountains, rivers, lakes and wildlife, Creston offers visitors and residents alike a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

    The Creston Valley has a temperate climate with warm, sunny summers and generally mild winters. The average summer and winter temperatures are 19 degrees Celsius and -3 degrees Celsius respectively. In an average year, Creston receives 45.4 cm of rain and 140 cm of snowfall.

    INDUSTRY:
    Agriculture with emphasis on fruit production


    • Population

      Town Population: 5,306 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
      Patient Catchment: 15,000
      
      Ages of Population
      0-17: 18.9%
      18-24: 9.3%
      25-64: 47.6%
      65+: 24.1% (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: 23.80
      


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 19 (www.cpsbc.ca)
      
      Clinics
      Family Practice Associates Medical Clinic
      Box 2010, 223 - 16th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G9
      P: 250 428-9371
      
      Dr. Daile Hoffman Family Practice
      Box 220, 120 - 12th Avenue South
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-5381 | F: 250 428-5384
      
      Dr. Tara Guthrie
      Box 969, 319 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-8873 | F: 250 428-3346
      
      Osprey Medical Offices Ltd.
      RR#6, 1000 North Boulevard
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G6
      P: 250 428-7171
      
      Mid-Life Services (Options for Sexual Health Clinic)
      312 - 15th Avenue N
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-2286
      
      Summit Medical Clinic
      319 - 15 Ave N
      Creston, BC V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-8873
      

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

  • The Creston Valley Hospital is a local, full-service hospital with acute care and extended care services, including an intensive care room, pediatric room and maternity wing and cardiac telemetry unit.

    • Contact Info

      Creston Valley Hospital Bag 3000, 312 – 15th Avenue Creston, BC, V0B 1G0 P: 250 428-2286 | : 250 428-4860

    • Hospital Info

      Acute Care Beds: 18

      Extended Care Beds: 20

      Intensive Care Unit Beds: 1

      Pediatric room

      Maternity wing

      Full service lab

      Imaging services

      Enhanced Skill Surgeons

      cardiac telemetry unit

      endoscopy

      public health services

      home care nursing

      mental health services

      Two regional hospitals, Cranbrook and Trail, are within 90 minutes of Creston and offer the next level of care, including specialists, MRI and CT services.

    • Emergency Room

      This community has a limited service Emergency Room with thrombolization service. It is open 24/7 and has 16-20 beds.

      Number of Visits per Year: 14,775 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)

      Travel Distance to a Transfer Hospital: 426 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

      There are anaesthesia services in this community.


    • Surgery

      There are surgical services in this community, including minor and orthopedic procedures.


    • Maternity

      There are Caesarian section services in this community.
      
      Midwifery
      Creston Valley Midwives
      #11, 233 - 16th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1S0
      P: 250 428-3032 | F: 250 227-9202
      
      Bountifull Midwifery Care
      1190A Lyons Road
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G2
      P: 250 402-3662
      


    • Lab services

      Creston Valley Hospital Laboratory
      Bag 3000, 312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-2286 | F: 250 428-4860
      Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 2:45 pm (not including statutory holidays)
      


    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      Creston Valley Hospital Diagnostics
      Bag 3000, 312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-2286 | F: 250 428-4860
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4 pm
      
      Ultrasound
      There are ultrasound services in this community.
      
      MRI
      There are MRI services in this community, including mobile MRI.
      
      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 for this community, including Air Ambulance service.

    • Pharmacy

      Drugstory Pharmacy #8573
      Box 850, 1501 Cook Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 402-6025 | F: 250 402-6029
      
      Overwaitea Pharmacy # 16
      RR#6, 3 - 1000 Northwest Boulevard
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G6
      P: 250 428-0030 | F: 250 428-9120
      
      Pharmasave #282
      1118 Canyon Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-9080 | F: 250 428-9082
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart #2284
      Box 939, 1030 Canyon Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-9334 | F: 250 428-9304
      

    • Extended Care

      Swan Valley Lodge (90 Beds)
      818 Vancouver Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-2283
      
      Crest View Care Village (74 Beds)
      800 Cavell Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G4
      P: 250 428-9986 | F: 250 428-2103
      

    • Home Nursing

      Prenatal Home Visits
      Creston Valley Hospital
      Bag 3000, 312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-3873
      
      Home Care Support Program
      Creston Valley Hospital
      Bag 3000, 312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-5616 | F: 250 428-3865
      
      In-community 
      Home & Community Care Office
      P: 250 428-3600
      

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Creston Valley Hospital Diabetic Unit
      Bag 3000, 312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-2286 | F: 250 428-4860
      Hrs: Weds-Thurs 8 am - 4 pm
      
      In-community 
      Canadian Diabetes Association
      Box 724
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-2168 | TF: 1 800 268-4656
      www.diabetes.ca
      

    • Physiotherapy

      Joanne Gailius Physiotherapy
      Box 784, Suite #5, 223 - 16th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-8424 | F: 250 402-2054
      
      Creston PhysioWorks and More
      Suite A, 312 - 19th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-8962 | F: 250 428-8968
      

    • Occupational therapy

      Adaptations for Independence
      2416 Juniper Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G5
      P: 250 402-9848 | F: 250 428-0645
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Three Voices of Healing Society
      3246 Riverview Road
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G2
      P: 250 428-5516 | F: 250 428-5235
      
      East Kootenay Addiction Services Society
      Bag 187, 223 - 16th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-5547 | F: 250 428-5175
      
      IH Alcohol/Drug Services 
      138 - 10th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G4
      P: 250 428-3553
      
      Mental Health Centre
      312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-8734
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      
      Central Valley Counselling
      814 Ibbitson Street
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G4
      P: 250 254-9797 | TFP: 1 877 899-9797 | F: 250 428-8838
      

    • Social workers

      Interior Health Authority
      Creston Valley Hospital
      Bag 3000, 312 - 15th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
      P: 250 428-3873 | F: 250 428-3880
      

  • AIDS Network Outreach & Support Society
    205 - 14th Avenue North
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3W3
    P: 250 426-3383 | TFP: 1 800 421-2437
    
    Community Respiratory Program - Travelling Clinic
    Provided by Interior Health
    P: 250 420-2297
    
    Baby Steps Pregnancy Outreach Program
    617 - 11th Avenue South
    Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
    P: 250 428-7048 | TFF: 1 866 390-2029
    
    The Canadian Diabetes Association
    Creston & District Branch
    1589 Sutherland Avenue
    Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y7
    P: 250 762-9447
    www.diabetes.ca
    
    Kootenai Community Centre Society
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    1508 Cook Street
    Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
    P: 250 402-0068
    www.crestonbc.com/kccs/
    
    East Kootenay Addiction Services 
    Reconnect Program
    223 16 Avenue N
    Creston, BC, V0B 1G0
    P: 250 428-5547
    
    Kootenai Community Centre Society 
    4334 Canyon-Lister Road
    Creston, BC, V0B 1C0
    P: 250 402-0068
    
    Elderly Services 
    243 16th Avenue N
    Creston, BC, V0B 1G5
    P: 250 428-8734
    

    • Practice Site Information

      Family Practice Associates
      Box 2010, 223 - 16th Avenue North
      Creston, BC, V0B 1G9
      P: 250 428-9371 | F: 250 428-9350
      
      Physician Site Coordinator
      Dr John Griffioen
      
      Office Administrator
      Denise Moman
      
      Specialists 
      Psychiatry and Surgery Specialists
      
      Practice Profile
      
      The clinic is situated 1200 meters from the hospital and there is a lab in the office. Call is 1:5 and 24 hours starting at 0800. One weekday per week and two weekend days per month. Residents have to be within 15 minutes from the hospital when on call.
      
      Hospital rounds are from 0800 - 0900, clinic is from 0900 - 1630 including a one hour lunch at 1200, then review patients with preceptor from 1630 - 1700. Residents start with 3 patients, then gradually increase up to 6 patients an hour.
      
      Teaching rounds are on Tuesdays from 1215 - 1315 in the hospital and residents will be expected to make an informal presentation every 2nd Tuesday.
      
      On-Call Schedule
      Call is 1:5 and 24 hours starting at 0800.
      
      Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
      

    • Training Site Information

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes
      
      Medical Resident: UBC
      
      Other Professionals:
      Imaging and Laboratory Service Professionals
      Mental Health Workers
      Physiotherapy
      

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community
      Very friendly medical community.
      
      On the Experience
      
      You have your own office and exam rooms, and so have the opportunity to develop relationships with patients and see what continuity of care is really like. Excellent clinic experience. Creston also has a busy ER so there are lots of opportunities for learning.
      
      Challenges
      Difficult to get OB there (may have just been due to the time that I was in Creston)
      

    • Patient Economics

      % low: 20%
      % medium: 60%
      % high: 20%
      

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 150 per day
      Physician per Day: 30
      
      Resident per Day: 16 - 20
      

    • Office Set-up

      Personnel in Office: Hospital, Contract, RN, RD, RNA, Pharm, DT Community contract, DHN, MHW

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No

      Payment Modality: Fee-for-service and Sessional

      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 an an examination room? Yes

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

      Technology:

      Billing

      Internet

      Medline

      Healthnet in town

      Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes, daily. Hospital rounds are from 0800 - 0900

      CME Teleconferences: No

      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.

      Journal Clubs/Reading: Yes, there are opportunities for journal clubs/reading.

      Computer-based: Yes, there are opportunities for computer-based education.

      CCFP Small Group Learning: No

      Small Group Learning: No

      What other educational opportunities are available to your students and residents (e.g., rounds, CPD)?

      McMaster SGPBL

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Crystal Campbell
      Dr. Erin Ewing
      Dr. John Griffioen
      Dr. Kriegler leRoux (Anesthesia)
      Dr. Atma Persad
      Dr. Karen Persad (Obstetrics)
      Dr. Tim Troughton
      Dr. Andrew Weaver

    • Teaching Disciplines

      Mental Health