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  • Community Information
    Golden is located in the southeast corner of the province of British Columbia, Canada. Nestled between the spectacular Rocky Mountains to the east, and the Purcell mountain range to the west, where the frothy Kicking Horse River flows into the mighty Columbia River, the scenery is spectacular.

    Combining a traditional British Columbia industrial base with a growing tourism sector, Golden attracts a broad cross-section of people from all over the world, who come to work, live, play and stay.

    INDUSTRY:
    Golden is anchored by Louisiana-Pacific, which produces laminated veneer lumber (LVL) engineered wood products and by CP Rail’s coal car repair facility and rail yard. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the Golden Golf Club, and many other tourism based amenities and adventures make up a third important part of our economy.


    • Population

      Town Population: 3,985 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 18.8%

      18-24: 10.0%

      25-64: 60.4%

      65+: 10.8% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: East Kootenay

      Regional District: Columbia Shuswap

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 26.60


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 15 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 2 Specialists

      Clinics

      Golden Health Centre

      907 – 9th Avenue

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-3001

      Golden Medical Clinic

      Box 1170

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-2211 | F: 250 344-7620



    • Contact Info

      Golden and District Hospital

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-5271 | F: 250 344-2511


    • Hospital Info

      Golden & District Hospital is a Level 1 community hospital with the following services and programs:

        • 24 hour emergency room

       

        • acute care

       

        • medical imaging

       

        • laboratory services

       

        • physiotherapy

       

        • public health services

       

        • inspections and licensing

       

        • mental health

       

        • home and community care

       

        • home support

       

        • meals on wheels

       

        • adult day care

       

      Acute Care Beds: 8

      Major Medical Centre: Calgary, Alberta (264 km) or Cranbrook  (246 km).


    • Emergency Room

      This community has a limited service emergency room that provides acute care, plus limited obstetrical care. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits per Year: 8,092 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)

      Travel Distance to Transfer Hospital: 341 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)

    • Maternity

      There are Caesarian Section services available in this community.


    • Lab services

      Golden and District Hospital Lab

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-3040 | F: 250 344-3030

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 3 pm

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Golden and District Hospital Imaging

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-5271 | F: 250 344-2511

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 3 pm

      Ultrasound

      There are ultrasound imaging services in this community.

      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

      Gourlay’s Golden Pharmacy

      Box 1106, 826B – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-8600 | F: 250 344-8622

      Peoples Drug Mart #77

      Box 1800, 1104 – 10th Avenue

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-6821 | F: 250 344-6869

    • Extended Care

      Henry M. Durand Manor (26 beds)

      803 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-3042


    • Home Nursing

      Golden and District Hospital

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-3040 | F: 250 344-3030

      In-community

      Prenatal Home Visits

      Golden Health Unit

      907 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-3001


    • Dietetics

      Golden and District Hospital

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-5271 | F: 250 344-2511


    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Teaching Centre

      Golden and District Hospital

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-5271 | F: 250 344-2511

      Hrs: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm


    • Physiotherapy

      Golden and District Hospital

      835 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-3040 | F: 250 344-3030

      In-community

      Golden Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic

      Box 1307, 523 – 9th Street North

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-6654 | F: 250 344-7420

    • Occupational therapy

      Aurora Assessments

      Box 1837

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-5720 | TFP: 1 888 344-5720 | F: 250 344-5724


    • Mental Health and Addictions

      IH Alcohol/Drug Services

      421 – 9th Avenue North

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-2000

      Hrs: Tues-Thurs 8:30 am – 4:30 am

      Mental Health Centre

      907 – 9th Avenue South

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-7555

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      CYMH

      1104 – 9th Street

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-7774

      Golden Family Center

      Box 415, #7 – 9th Avenue North

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-2000 | F: 250 344-5225

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am – 5 pm


    • Social workers

      Golden Family Center

      Box 415, #7 – 9th Avenue North

      Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-2000 | F: 250 344-5225

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am – 5 pm


  • Community Respiratory Program – Travelling Clinic
    Provided by Interior Health
    P: 250 420-2297

    • Practice Site Information

      Golden Medical Clinic

      P.O. Box 1170, Golden

      BC V0A 1H0

      P: 250 344-2211 | F: 250 344 7620

      Physician Site Coordinator(s)

      Dr. Kate McCarroll, Dr. Jessica Chiles

      Office Administrator

      Jan

      Office Hours: 4 days a week

    • Training Site Information

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC, some out of province residents

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Lots of recreation, decent visiting artistic stuff, abysmal shopping- depends what you want. Those of us that have stayed here thrive on the challenge of doing a little bit of everything, all the time, and using your skills to the max.”

      On the Experience

      “We have a very strong medical community, a good variety of skills and work in an incredibly beautiful place. If you want full service everything, this is the place. ”

      Challenges

      “It is fairly isolated here in the winter, can be a challenge getting patients out if the roads are closed.”

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 12-15

    • Office Set-up

      Technology:

      Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes

      Videoconference: Yes, there are opportunities for videoconference based learning.

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


    • Physician Preceptors

      Dr. Bruce T. Starke

      Dr. Saskia E. Acton

      Dr. Rob Drysdale

      Dr. Nick Tan

      Dr. Bruce McKnight

      Dr. Jenny Woolsey

      Dr. Virginia Clark

      Dr. Kirk McCarroll

      Dr. Adam Watchorn

      Dr. Trina Larsen Soles