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  • Community Information

    Surrounded by rolling hills and prairies, the community of Dawson Creek is located in the Peace River Country in the northeast corner of British Columbia. The point of origin of the Historic Alaska Highway, it is a proud community build on the stability of agriculture and a strong sense of community spirit. Although Dawson Creek’s main industry is agriculture and it is known province-wide for its’ honey, oil and gas, forestry and tourism also contribute to the areas’ economy. Residents of Dawson Creek enjoy a wide range of recreational activities year round including skiing, golfing, hiking, canoeing and fishing.

    This business-minded community has a diverse economy relying on agriculture, oil and gas, forestry, and tourism. The business community is compromised of a stable and natural mix of entrepreneurs.

    Because of Dawson Creek’s northern location, the sunset on summer days can occur as late as 11:00pm, and view of the Northern Lights are common.

    INDUSTRY:
    Business, agriculture, oil and gas, forestry, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 11,583 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population

      0-17: 22.8%

      18-24: 11.0%

      25-64: 54.6%

      65+: 11.6% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures for Peace River South)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Northern Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Northeast

      Regional District: Peace River Regional District

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 33

    • Practitioner + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 18, + 8 Specially Practise (www.cpsbc.ca) + 10 specialists

      Clinics

      Dawson Creek Medical Clinic

      816 - 103 Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2G1

      P: 250 782-5271

      Harry Neveling Family Physician & Wellness Clinic

      10200 8 St

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3P8

      P: 250 782-1103

      ELJEN Medical Clinic

      1300 111 Ave

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2X5

      P: 250 782-1051

      On Site Advanced Medical Services Inc

      512 114 Ave

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2Z8

      P: 250-784-0578

    • 2012 socio-economic profile of Peace River South (Source: BC Government).

  • Dawson Creek Health Unit - IHA
    1001 - 110th Avenue
    Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4X3
    P: 250 719-6500
    
    Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    
    Travel distance to nearest hospital: 405 km to Prince George
    
    Referral Hospital
    

    There is no designated regional referral hospital. Urgent higher level of care is available in Grande Prairie, Alberta (1.5 hours away by ground) or via BC Bedline (fixed wing air ambulance). Outpatient referrals usually go either to Prince George, Edmonton, or Vancouver.

  • Dawson Creek and District Hospital is a full service community hospital. It provides a wide variety of services including acute, trauma, psychiatric, and specialty care. The hospital is the orthopedic trauma and surgical centre for northereastern (NE) BC.

    • Contact Info

      Dawson Creek and District Hospital
      11100 - 13 Street
      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3W8
      P: 250 784-7350 | F: 250 784-7301
      http://careers.northernhealth.ca/Communities/NortheastRegion/DawsonCreek.aspx

    • Hospital Info

      Acute care beds: 63
      
      Adult psychiatric beds: 15
      
      Services:
      
      • Emergency Room
      • Intensive Care Unit
      • Medical/Surgical In-patient Care
      • Day Surgery
      • Respiratory Therapy
      • Rehabilitation Therapy
      • Diabetic Education
      • Primary Care
      • General Surgery
      • Imaging Services
      • Cancer Care

      Visiting specialists provide the following services:

      • Urology
      • Dermatology
      • Obstetrics
      • Gynecology
      • Pediatrics
      • Physiotherapy
      • Occupational Therapy

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community that is open 24/7. It provides orthopedic trauma and surgical services in addition to acute and trauma care.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 26,200 (2009/2010 Statistics: NHA)

      Number of Beds: 25

      Travel distance to nearest hospital: 405 km to Prince George

    • Surgery

      This hospital has surgical services, including:

      orthopedic, and general surgery

    • Maternity

      This hospital provides Caesarian Section services.

    • Lab services

      Hospital Lab

      P: 250 784-7340 (M-F 8am-5pm)

      Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am - 5 pm

      In-community

      LifeLabs

      705 - 103rd Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4W8

      P: 250 782-9130

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      This hospital has X-Ray, ultrasound, and CT imaging services.

      P: 250 784-7320

      Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm

      Additional Services

      Mammography, Echocardiography

      In-community

      Peace Regional MRI

      816 - 103rd Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2G1

      P: 250 784-0040 | F: 250 782-6360



    • BC Ambulance

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

    • Pharmacy

      Dawson Creek & District Hospital Pharmacy

      11100 - 13th Street

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3W8

      In-community

      Clinic Drug Store

      Medical Building

      816 - 103rd Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2G1

      P: 250 782-3100 | F: 250 782-8120

      Loblaw Pharmacy #4969

      1401 Alaska Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 1Z6

      P: 250 782-8401 | F: 250 782-8878

      Safeway Food and Drug Pharmacy #819

      11200 - 8th Street

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3R4

      P: 250 782-9561 | F: 250 782-9728

      Shoppers Drug Mart #216

      Unit #22, 11000 - 8th Street

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4K6

      P: 250 782-5903 | F: 250 782-5593

      Wal-Mart Pharmacy #5776

      #600 Highway 2

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4E8

      P: 250 719-0241 | F: 250 719-0238

    • Extended Care

      There are extended care beds available in this hospital.

      In-community

      Rotary Manor (115 beds)

      1121 - 90th Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 5A3

      P: 250 719-3480 | F: 250 719-3481

      Northview Assisted Living (26 beds)

      1125 - 90th Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 5A3

      P: 250 719-0072 | F: 250 719-0073

    • Home Nursing

      Dawson Creek Health Unit

      1001 - 110th Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4X3

      P: 250 719-6562 |

      F: 250 719-6513

      Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      In-community

      Canadian Diabetes Association

      Box 2361

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4T9

    • Physiotherapy

      In-community

      Dawson Creek Physiotherapist Corporation

      10500 - 10th Street

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3T9

    • Occupational therapy

      In-community

      Lees Occupational Therapy Services

      PO Box 657

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H7

      P: 250 219-5687

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      In-community

      North Wind Healing Centre

      Box 2480 Station A

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4T9

      P: 250 843-6977 | F: 250 843-6978

      Dawson Creek Mental Health Centre

      1001 - 110 Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4X3

      P: 250 719-6525 | F: 250 719-6540

      Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

      Nawican Friendship Centre

      1320 - 102nd Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC

      P: 250 782-5202

      Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm

      Dawson Creek Mental Health and Addictions

      1017 - 103rd Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC

      P: 250 782-4410 | TF: 1 888 592-2711

      Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

      CYMH Dawson Creek

      205 – 1508 102nd Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC

      P: 250 784-2342

    • Social workers

      In-community

      South Peace Child Development Centre

      9001 - 10 Street

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4T1

      P: 250 782-1161 | F: 250 782-4487

      http://spcdc.ca

      Dawson Creek Health Unit - IHA

      1001 - 110 Avenue

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4X3

      P: 250 719-6500

      Northeast First Nations Child & Family Services & South Peace Aboriginal Council Child & Family Service

      #4, 10109 - 13th Street

      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4R4

      P: 250 827-3776 | F: 250 782-2644


  • Pacemaker Clinic - University Hospital Northern BC
    c/o Dawson Creek and District Hospital
    11100 - 13 Street
    Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3W8
    P: 250 565-2439

    BC Schizophrenia Society North East Region
    Mental Health & Addictions
    11204 - 107 Street
    Fort St. John, BC, V1J 6J7
    P: 250 261-9189 | TFP: 1 888 266-6660
    www.bcss.org

    South Peace Community Resources Society
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    10110 - 13th Street
    Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H6
    P: 250 782-9174

    Baby's Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program
    1405 102nd Avenue
    Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2E1
    P: 250 782-1169

    Dawson Creek Outreach Program

    10110 - 13th Street
    Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3W2
    P: 250 782-9174

    • Practice Site Information

      Dawson Creek Medical Clinic
      816 - 103 Avenue
      Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2G1
      P: 250 782-5271 | F: 250 782-6360
      
      Physician Site Coordinator
      Dr. Michael Pigrim
      
      Office Administrator
      Ramona Alexander
      

      Practice Profile

      Located in the Dawson Creek Medical Clinic are the medical internist Varadarasa, general surgeons Goetze and Klompjie, and the obstetrician/gynecologist Bulterys. Located at the hospital are the orthopaedic surgeons Aganaba and Fletcher, and psychiatrists Garbett and Cilliers.

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Dawson Creek has a very busy, congenial and full service medical community. There are core specialty services and a GP/FP run hospital and emergency department.”

      On the Experience

      “Over the years medical students and residents have consistently reported having exciting experiences”

      Challenges

      “not feeling overwhelmed by the intensity and volume of possible medical experiences”

    • “Patient”

      % low: 40%

      % medium: 50%

      % high: 10%

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 30-80

      Physician per Day: 25-40

    • Office Set-up

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No

      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? Yes

      Technology:

      Billing

      Email

      Internet

      Medline

      Healthnet in town

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes, weekly.

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

      Videoconferences: Yes, there are opportunities for videoconferences.

      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

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

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