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  • Community Information

    Powell River’s modern history is largely based on the forest industry and abundant natural resources in the area. The town was named in 1881, after the BC Minister of Indian Affairs at the time.

    The Community of Powell River is located on the Sunshine Coast of BC, 141 km northwest of Vancouver. It boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, an all-weather track, ball fields and a large recreation complex. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the numerous parks, beaches and hiking trails in the area. Powell River is known as one of the prime destinations for winter diving in North America.

    The area experiences a moderate coastal climate with sunny, mainly dry summers and almost snow-free winters. The average temperatures in July is 22.7 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperatures in January is 1.7 degrees.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, tourism, mining and fishing


    • Population

      Town Population: 13,165 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Patient Catchment: 20,000

      Ages of Population:
      0-17: 16.9%
       18-24: 9.5%
       25-64: 52.4%
       65+: 21.2% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)
      

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority:

      Vancouver Coastal Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: North Shore/Coast Garibaldi

      Regional District: Powell River

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: C

      RRP Points: 12.00

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 37 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 16 Speciality Practise

      Clinics 
      Westview Medical Clinic
      4794 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 3B6
      P: 604 485-6261 | F: 604 485-2820
      www.tmca-pr.ca
      
      Tla'Amin Health Community Services
      4895 Salish Drive
      Powell River, BC, V8A 4Z3
      P: 604 483-3009 | TFP: 1 888-271-5555 | F: 604 483-2466
      www.sliammon.bc.ca
      
      Bruce Hobson MD Inc. 
      Danielle Marentette MD Inc.
      6935 Harvie Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5H9
      P: 604 485-0136 | F: 604 485-0130
      

  • Powell River Community Health Centre
    5000 Joyce Avenue
    Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
    P: 604 485-3310 | F: 604 485-3305
    Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    

    • Contact Info

      Powell River General Hospital 
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 604 485-3211 | F: 604 485-3245
      

    • Hospital Info

      Powell River General Hospital is a 37 bed facility providing services that include:

      • surgery
      • endoscopy
      • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
      • obstetrics
      • in-patient psychiatry
      • oncology
      • emergency and diagnostic services

      The ICU treats patients who are severely ill and/or require ventilation. Clients who require complex care may be transferred to other intensive care facilities. Open 24/7.

      Acute Care Beds: 37 (includes emergency)

      ICU Beds: 4

      Community Transfer: Nanaimo (365 km)

      Referral Hospital: Lions Gate Hospital

      Tertiary Care Center Referral Site: St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital

    • Emergency Room

      This community has a full service Emergency Room with supporting labs, radiology, and OR services available 24/7.

      # of Visits per Year: 17,310 (2009/2010 Statistics: VCHA)

      Travel Distance to Transfer Hospital: Nanaimo (365 km)

      There is an ICU that treats patients who are severely ill and/or require ventilation. Four bed unit. Clients who require complex care may be transferred to other intensive care facilities. Open 24/7.

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)
      CTAS Level II (Emergent)
      CTAS Level III (Urgent)
      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)
      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)

    • Surgery

      This community provides surgical services, including major, minor, and orthopedic procedures.

    • Anaesthetics

      This community provides anaesthesia services.

    • Maternity

      This community provides Caesarian Section services.

      Midwives from Courtenay and Comox service this area.

    • Lab services

      Powell River General Hospital Lab
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 504 485-3266 | F: 604 485-3236
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

    • Blood Bank

      This community has a blood bank.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray
      Powell River General Hospital Imaging
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 504 485-3282 | F: 604 485-3284
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 4 pm
      
      Ultrasound
      This community has ultrasound imaging services.
      
      CT 
      This community has CT imaging services
      
      Additional Services 
      Mammography, Fluoroscopy
      

    • Pharmacy

      Powell River General Hospital Pharmacy
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 504 485-3222 | F: 604 485-3247
      
      In-community 
      Medicine Shoppe #309
      Unit E - 4670 Marine Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 2L1
      P: 604 485-5530 | F: 604 485-5536
      
      Pharmasave Health Centre #062
      106 - 4801 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 3B7
      P: 604 485-7703 | F: 604 485-7758
      
      Safeway Food and Drug - Pharmacy #182
      7040 Barnet Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 2A1
      P: 604 485-4244 | F: 604 485-3063
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart #276
      Town Centre Mall
      #15 - 7100 Alberni Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5K9
      P: 604 485-2844 | F: 604 485-9477
      
      Wal-mart Pharmacy #3072
      Town Centre Mall
      #23 - 7100 Alberni Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5K9
      P: 604 485-0141 | F: 604 485-9807
      
      Westview Pharmacy
      4794D Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 3B6
      P: 604 485-2929 | F: 604 485-2924

    • Extended Care

      Evergreen Extended Care (75 beds)
      4970 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5P2
      P: 604 485-2208 | F: 604 485-3271
      
      In-community
      Olive Devaud Residence (81 beds)
      7105 Kemano Road
      Powell River, BC, V8A 1L8
      P: 604 485-9868
      

    • Home Nursing

      Ambulatory Home Care Nursing Clinic
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 604 485-3310
      
      We Care Comox Valley
      TFP: 1 888 334-8531 | TFF: 1 888 334-8571

    • Dietetics

      Powell River General Hospital Nutritional Services
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 504 485-3222 | F: 604 485-3247
      

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Education Centre
      Powell River General Hospital
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 504 485-3222 | F: 604 485-3247
      
      In-community
      Canadian Diabetes Association
      Box 25
      Powell River, BC, V8A 4Z5
      
      Tla'Amin Health Community Services
      4895 Salish Drive
      Powell River, BC, V8A 4Z3
      P: 604 483-3009 | TFP: 1 888 271-5555 | F: 604 483-2466
      www.sliammon.bc.ca

    • Physiotherapy

      In-community
      Westview Physiotherapy
      4794 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 3B6
      P: 604 485-4439
      
      On Track Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
      106 - 7373 Duncan Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 1W6
      P: 604 485-4660
      
      Jmj Physiotherapy
      3858 Quadra Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5B7
      P: 604 485-4911
      

    • Occupational therapy

      Powell River Associates for Community Living
      #201 - 4675 Marine Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 2L2
      P: 604 485-6411 | F: 604 485-6419
      www.pracl.ca
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Powell River General Hospital 
      5000 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
      P: 504 485-3222 | F: 604 485-3247
      
      In-community
      CYMH Powell River
      202 - 7373 Duncan Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 1W6
      P: 604 495-3722
      
      Tla'Amin Health Community Services
      4895 Salish Drive
      Powell River, BC, V8A 4Z3
      P: 604 483-3009 | TFP: 1 888 271-5555 | F: 604 483-2466
      www.sliammon.bc.ca
      
      Sunshine Coast Health Center
      2174 Fleury Road
      Powell River, BC, V8A 4Z2
      P: 604 487-9010
      Services: 30 day treatment for men.
      www.schc.ca
      
      Sunshine Coast Treatment Services
      4739 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 3B5
      P: 604 485-7983
      

    • Social workers

      Ministry of Children and Family Development
      6944 Alberni Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 2C1
      P: 604 485-0633
      
      Powell River Community Corrections
      125 - 6953 Alberni Street
      Powell River, BC, V8A 2B8
      P: 604 485-3601 | TFP: 1 800 475-0091 | F: 604 485-3606
      

  • BC Schizophrenia Society
    Mental Health & Addictions
    P: 604 485-8266
    www.bcss.org
    
    Public Health Dental Services
    Powell River Community Health Centre
    Vancouver Coastal Health
    5000 Joyce Avenue
    Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
    P: 604 485-3310
    
    Child and Youth Mental Health Clinical Counselling Service
    7373 Duncan Street
    Powell River, BC, V8A 1W6
    P: 604 485-3090
    
    Powell River Outreach SAFE Clinic
    Community Resource Centre
    4752 Joyce Avenue
    Powell River, BC, V8A 3B6
    Hrs: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 10 am - 12 noon

    Services: STI Testing/Screening, STI Treatment, HIV Counselling and Testing, Community Education, Hepatitis Testing, Emergency Contraception, Pregnancy testing, counseling & support.

    Powell River Youth Clinic
    3rd Floor, 5000 Joyce Avenue
    Powell River, BC, V8A 5R3
    P: 604 485-3310
    Hrs: Tues 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Drop-in

    Services: Birth Control, Emergency contraception, PAP tests, STI testing & treatment, HIV testing, Pregnancy testing, options counselling, referrals, Immunization.

    Babies Open New Doors (BOND)
    Power River Employment Program
    103 - 4511 Marine Avenue
    Powell River, BC, V8A 2K5
    P: 604 485-2604 | F: 604 485-9244
    
    BC Schizophrenia Society
    Mental Health & Addictions
    P: 604 485-8266
    www.bcss.org
    
    Powell River & Region Transition House Society
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    209 - 4801 Joyce Avenue
    Powell River, BC, V8A 3B7
    P: 604 485-5335

    • Practice Site Information

      Bruce Hobson MD Inc
      Danielle Marentette MD Inc
      6935 Harvie Avenue
      Powell River, BC, V8A 5H9
      P: 604 485-0136 | F: 604 485-0130
      
      Westview Medical Clinic Associates
      4797 Joyce Avenue
      Powell River, BC V8A 3B6
      P: 604 485-6261
      
      

      Practice Profile

      Residents will work with one to two preceptors who will always be available for consultation. Expected to see 15-25 patients per day at intervals of 15 minutes.

      You will work 4.5 days at the clinic and can do youth clinic, ER shifts and specialists as desired within this schedule. Start at the hospital at 8:00 am and clinic at 8:45 am.

      They will work in the ER with regular ER physician in hospital, can follow and deliver own OB patients with support. During a 16 week rotation, you may have up to 5 deliveries. GP Surgeries will be assisting only.

      Office hours

      8:00 am at Hospital, 8:45 am in Clinic

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On The Community

      “A beautiful location and a friendly, welcoming population. Lots to do, even in the winter, but I have heard the summer is amazing. Mild temperatures in the winter, beaches in the summer. Powell River has a large number of disabled individuals living in the community, and consequent an enormous population of volunteers. The caring nature of the community is very noticeable.”

      On The Experience

      “Fabulous. I worked with Dr Hobson and Dr Marentette at the smaller medical office. They are a great combination. They create a good balance of independence and support. Great EMR. Lovely office staff. Huge office to yourself.”

      Challenges

      “That steep hill got to me a few times. It also rained everyday in November. You will meet your patients in the community, so that is something to get used to as well.”

    • Patient Economics

      % Low: 5%

      % Medium: 90%

      % High: 5%

    • Patient Load

      Practice per day: 60

      Physician per day: 30

      Resident per day: 15 – 25

    • Office Set-up

      Personnel in Office: Nurse Practioners

      Does your office have a surgical suite? Yes

      Payment Modality: Fee-for-service

      Do you use consistent charting system in your practice? Yes

      Is their a problem list on each chart? Yes

      Is there space for the resident to have an office and exam 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

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

      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

      Small Group Learning: No

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Hobson/Marentette Clinic: Dr. Bruce Hobson, Dr. Danielle Marentette, Dr. Susan Horsfall

      Westview Medical Associates: Dr. Barrie McDonald, Dr. Jeff Lynskey, Dr. Stephen Burns