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  • Community Information

    The Hazeltons (including the Village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton, several unincorporated areas and a number of First Nations Villages) are situated in northern British Columbia amidst the 3,000 foot walls of the rugged Rocher de Boule Mountain Range. Known as the “Totem Pole Capital of the World”, the area boasts a friendly pioneer town atmosphere and colourful streetscapes reflecting a rich history. Spectacular scenery, aboriginal culture and wilderness recreational opportunities characterize the Hazelton lifestyle.

    Hazelton takes its name from the hazel bushes that grow on the local river-carved terraces. The Hazelton area experiences a moderate climate with some rain and considerable snowfall. Summer temperatures average around 15 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures averaging around -9 degrees Celsius.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, fishing, mining, ranching, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 270 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Patient Catchment: 7,350

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 26.7%

      18-24: 12.1%

      25-64: 51.1%

      65+: 10.1% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Northern Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Northwest

      Regional District: Kitimat-Stikine

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 44.75


    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 12, Specialty Practice: 2 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics

      Hazelton Community Health

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-4640 | F: 250 842-4642

      Gitanmaax Health Station

      Box 223, 1713 Middle Road

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-6320 | F: 250 842-6399

      Hagwilget Health Station

      Box 460, Highway 62

      New Hazelton, BC, V0J 2J0

      P: 250 842-5272 | F: 250 842-6792


  • Wrinch Memorial Hospital, a fully accredited, acute care facility has a unique and proud history in the Hazeltons. Wrinch Memorial operates under the auspices of United Church Health services and is affiliated with Northern Health.

    Located in Northern British Columbia, 1,163 km north of Vancouver and 259 km west of Prince Rupert, Wrinch Memorial Hospital serves numerous communities totaling a population of 7,000, including the District of New Hazelton, Village of Hazelton, South Hazelton, Two Mile, Kispiox Valley, Gitanmaax, Hagwilget, Glen Vowell, Kispiox, Gitwangak, Gitseguekla, and Gitanyow.

    As the largest employer in the area, Wrinch Memorial Hospital supports a team of 70 well-trained and dedicated staff that provide culturally sensitive and best practice health care to the communities.


    • Contact Info

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865

      http://careers.northernhealth.ca/Communities/NorthwestRegion/Hazelton.aspx


    • Hospital Info

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital has a diversity of services under its roof, including:

      • doctors clinic
      • 24/7 Emergency Room
      • Intensive Care Unit
      • Pharmacy
      • Home and Community Care
      • Lab
      • Ultrasound and X-ray services
      • Physiotherapy
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Complex Care
      • Diabetes education
      • Visiting specialists

      Acute Care Beds: 10

      Complex Care Beds: 9

      Emergency Care Beds: 3

      Respite Beds: 1

      Psychiatric Observation Room: 1

      Major Medical Centre: Prince George (449 km)


    • Emergency Room

      This community has a full service Emergency Room. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 7,900 (2009/2010 Statistics: NHA)

      Number of Emergency Care Beds: 3

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 449 km to Prince George

    • Anaesthetics

      This community provides anaesthesia services (GP Anaesthetist)

    • Surgery

      This community provides surgical services, including general surgery.


    • Maternity

      This community provides Caesarian Section services.


    • Lab services

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital Lab

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-4607

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am- 4 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm


    • Blood Bank

      This community has a blood bank.


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital Imaging

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-4613

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am – 5 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

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865


    • Nurse Practitioner

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211


    • Extended Care

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital Extended Care (10 beds)

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865

      In-community

      Hazelton Street Residence (6 beds)

      2554 Hazelton Street

      Hazelton, BC, V2L 1H1

      P: 250 960-1499


    • Home Nursing

      Hazelton Community Health

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 847-6430

      In-community

      Home and Community Care Nursing

      Gitxsan Health Society – Kispiox Health Centre

      2515 Mary Blackwater Avenue

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-6236

      Gitxsan Health Society – Glen Vowell Health Station

      52 Glen Vowell Road

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-6875

      Gitxsan Health Society – Gitanmaax Health Centre

      1713 Middle Road

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-6320


    • Dietetics

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865


    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865

    • Occupational therapy

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865


    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Wrinch Memorial Hospital

      Bag 999, 2510 – Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5211 | F: 250 842-5865

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

      In-community

      Gitanmaax Child & Family Services Society

      Box 223, 4215 Government Street

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-6320 | TFP: 1 877 513-5858 | F: 250 842-6399

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      www.gitxsanhealth.com

      Northern Health Mental Health and Addictions

      #70 – 2510 Highway 62

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5144

      CYMH Hazelton

      2210 West Highway

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-5144

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


    • Social workers

      In-community

      Gitanmaax Child & Family Services Society

      Box 223, 4215 Government Street

      Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0

      P: 250 842-6320 | TFP: 1 877 513-5858 | F: 250 842-6399

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      www.gitxsanhealth.com


  • Starting Smart Pregnancy Outreach
    Grace Lynn Family Centre
    2510 – Highway 62
    Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0
    P: 250 842-2408

    BC Schizophrenia Society
    Mental Health & Addictions
    Box 3603, 3815 Railway Avenue
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 847-9779 | TFP: 1 888 847-9779
    www.bcss.org

  • Teaching is a time-honored tradition at Hazelton. Medical and nursing students along with Family Practice Residents rotate regularly through the facility. Students have their own workspace, an up-to-date library on site, along with teaching files for topics such as radiology and dermatology.

    • Practice Site Information

      Wrinch Memorial Doctors’ Services

      Bag 999, Hazelton

      BC V0J 1Y0

      P:250 842-5234 | F:250 842-5065

      Physician Site Coordionator(s)

      Dr. Jenny Lee

      Practice Profile

      Use of EMRs – Powercharts at hospital & MOIS at clinic.

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC, UNBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

      Other Professionals:

      Mental Health Workers

      Nursing

      Social Workers

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      Lovely, really nice people, amazing natural beauty and lots of things to do locally or within an hour drive. Pretty dark and cold in the winter, harder to do many outdoor activities. Still so beautiful to wake up in the morning and look out at the mountains.

      On the Experience

      Good clinical experience. Lots of autonomy, ability to run your own practice as if on a locum. Back up very near by if needed. Caring group of physicians.

      Challenges

      It is rural medicine so arranging transport and getting sick people to definitive care can take a long time. Very interesting to use clinical decision making tools in the context of a 2 hour drive to the CT scan, no radiologist to help read films.

    • Patient Economics

      % low: 80%

      % medium: 20%

      % high: <1%

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 80+% of patients are First Nations

      Physician per Day: 20-25 Patients per Physician (booked every 15 minutes)

      Resident per Day: 8-12 Patients per Resident per Day (booked every 20 minutes)

    • Office Setting

      Personnel in Office:

      Nurses

      Public Health Nurses

      Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Physiotherapists

      Mental Health Workers

      Pharmacists

      Office space:

      We use MOIS (EMR) for billing, scheduling and charting. There is a ‘problem list’ and ‘medication list’ on this EMR.

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No – one is easily accessible in the hospital

      Payment Modality: Contract

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

      Internet

      Up-to-Date

      PharmaNet

      Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes. Wednesday mornings are devoted to Public Health Rounds, education and administration.

      Videoconference: Yes. Videoconferencing is available as are Educational Rounds by videoconference (see the Northern Health Authority list of videoconferences/CME).

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

      Case Conferences and Public Health Rounds

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. James Wiens

      Dr. Jenny Lee

      Dr. Mi Hwa (Nancy) Kim

      Dr. Sherry Shrestha

      Dr. Prakash Shrestha

      Dr. Varasteh-Badri

    • Teaching Disciplines

      Medicine

      Nursing

      Pharmacy

      Mental Health

      Social Services