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  • Community Information

    Nestled peacefully in the historic Similkameen Valley in south central British Columbia is the colourful town of Keremeos. Rich in history, folklore and diversity, the town maintains the atmosphere of the old west. Keremeos is known for its long, hot summers and mild winters, which provide excellent growing conditions for apples, apricots, peaches, cherries and tomatoes. Hiking, skiing, rafting and shopping at the many local summer fruit stands are popular leisure pursuits in the area.

    INDUSTRY:
    Fruit orchards, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 1,330 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 16.1%

      18-24: 6.3%

      25-64: %

      65+: 28.4% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Okanagan

      Regional District: Okanagan – Similkameen

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 10.65

    • Practitioners

      General Practitioners: 6 (www.cpsbc.ca)

  • The South Similkameen Health Centre was built in the year 2000 after much planning and hard work by many local residents. We are a very unique Health Centre in that we have combined many health care services under one roof and, as well, on one level.

    Adjoining the Health Centre is a 14 bed Assisted Living unit which was built in the fall of 2005.

    The Health Centre services a population of approximately 5,000 people which encompasses the communities of Keremeos, Cawston, Hedley and Olalla. The closest acute care hospital is located in Penticton which is only 47 kilometers away.


    • Contact Info

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3000 | F: 250 499-3026

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      http://find.healthlinkbc.ca/search.aspx?d=LC004346

    • Health Centre Info

      Urgent Care

      Emergency Room

      Assisted Living Beds: 14

      Referral Hospital: Penticton

    • Emergency Room

      There is a limited service Emergency Room which provides acute care and urgent care in this community. It is open Mon-Sat 9 am – 5 pm

      Number of Visits per Year: Scheduled – 645 / Unscheduled – 2,722 (2007/2008: IHA Stats)

      Travel Distance to the Nearest Major Hospital: 109 km to Kelowna

    • Health Centre CAEP and CTAS

      CAEP Classification

      Description Level 3 – Without inpatient beds, Staffed RNs and a few physicians, might provide long term care, definitive care for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, usually not open 24/7

    • Lab services

      South Similkameen Health Centre Lab

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3004 | F: 250 499-3001

      Hrs: Mpn-Fri 9 am – 1 pm

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      South Similkameen Health Centre Imaging

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3017 | F: 250 499-3001

      Hrs: Wed 9 am – 2 pm. Appointment necessary.

      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

      Pharmasave #250

      Box 337, 526 – 7th Avenue

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-5543 | F: 250 499-5212

      Similkameen Pharmacy

      Box 578, 704 – 7th Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-5086 | F: 250 499-5086

    • Extended Care

      Orchard Heaven Extended Care (25 beds)

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3033 | F: 250 499-3001

    • Home Nursing

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Home Care Nursing – Palliative Care & Prenatal Home Visits

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3033 | F: 250 499-3001

      We Care Penticton

      P: 250 493-6693 | F: 250 492-3883

    • Dietetics

      Dietitian Services

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3000 | F: 250 499-3026

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Education

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3029 | TFP: 1 800 707-8550 | F: 250 499-3026

    • Physiotherapy

      Rehabilitation Services

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3004 | F: 250 499-3001

      Hrs: Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Appointment necessary.

      In-community

      Pro-Physio Clinic

      3002 Orchard Drive

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N1

      P: 250 460-1364

    • Occupational therapy

      Rehabilitation Services

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3000 | F: 250 499-3026

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health & Addiction Services

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3029 | F: 250 499-3027

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

      Keremeos Residential Centre

      3865 – Highway 3, SS 1

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N1

      P: 250 499-4165

      CYMH Lower Similkameen Community Services Society

      Rm. A508A, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N1

      P: 250 499-2352 ext. 3

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 12 noon

      Gustavson House

      701 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N1

      P: 250 499-2352 ext. 120

      http://lscss.com/Programs/gustavsonhouse.html

    • Social workers

      South Similkameen Health Centre

      Box 579, 700 – 3rd Street

      Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0

      P: 250 499-3000 | F: 250 499-3001

  • Elderly Outreach Program
    84 Duncan Avenue West
    Penticton, BC, V2A 2Y2
    P: 250 493-9311