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  • Community Information

    The Town of Smithers is situated in the Bulkley Valley of northwestern British Columbia directly on the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway (Route 16), approximately half way between the cities of Prince Rupert and Prince George.

    Smithers is a town of 6,000 people and is a regional service center for the entire Bulkley Valley and because of this, Smithers offers many more amenities than you would normally see in a town of this size. From its position in the Bulkley Valley, Smithers is set against the backdrop of the Hudson Bay Mountain to the west and the Babine Mountain range to the east.

    Smithers offers outstanding outdoor recreational pursuits during all phases of the year. This includes fishing and hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing, golfing, snowmobiling, canoeing and kayaking and many more activities too numerous to list. Coupled with a range of urban features such as cultural pursuits and indoor recreation opportunities, Smithers has something for everyone.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, logging and tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 5,404 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:
      0-17: 24.5%
      18-24: 11.1%
      25-64: 52.9%
      65+: 11.5% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Northern Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Northwest

      Regional District: Bulkley-Nechako

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 33

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 25 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics
      Central Square Medical Clinic
      Box 3760, 1209 Main Street
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-8761
      Hrs: 9 am - 5pm
      
      Smithers Community Health
      Bag 5000, 3793 Alfred Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-6400 | F: 250 847-5908
      
      Broadway Medical Clinic
      3851 Broadway
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-3097
      
      Moisey Medical Clinic
      Box 3777, 3026 Anderson
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-4800
      
      Dr. Collin G Milne Inc.
      Box 1029, 1283 Main Street
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-9898

  • Bulkley Valley District Hospital is a 24 bed acute care GP run hospital.

    • Contact Info

      Bulkley Valley District Hospital 
      Box 370, 3950 - 8th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-2611 | F: 250 847-2446
      

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

    • Hospital Info

      Bulkley Valley District Hospital has a 24 hour ER. The operating room is fully operational with cases being completed by the local GP surgeons, visiting general surgeons, a urologist, an ENT and an obstetrician. The hospitals deliveries (average 250 per year) are managed by GPs providing obstetrical services.

      Acute Care Beds: 16

      Major Medical Care: Transfer to Prince George (374 km)

    • Emergency Room

      There is a limited service Emergency Room in this community that is open 24/7. Trauma services are provided at this ER.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 13,363 (2009/2010 Statistics: NHA)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 374 km to Prince George

    • Maternity

      This community has Caesarian Section services.

      There are also midwives in this community.

      Bulkley Valley Midwives
      Box 156, 3772 - C 1st Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 877-2726 | F: 250 847-5299
      

    • Lab services

      Bulkley Valley District Hospital
      Box 370, 3950 - 8th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-2611 ext. 2613 | F: 250 847-2446
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 3 pm
      

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Bulkley Valley District Hospital
      Box 370, 3950 - 8th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-6214
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 4 pm
      

      Ultrasound

      There are ultrasound imaging services in this community.

    • BC Ambulance

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

    • Pharmacy

      Bulkley Valley District Hospital Pharmacy
      Box 370, 3950 - 8th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-6222 | F: 250 847-1795
      
      Pharmasave #34
      Box 2577, 1211 Main Street
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-8750 | F: 250 847-8760
      
      Pharmasave #105
      Box 2530, 3752 - 4th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-4474 | F: 250 847-4760
      
      Safeway Food & Drug - Pharmacy #144
      Box 459, 3664 Yellowhead Highway
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-4744 | F: 250 847-1748
      
      Shoppers Drug Mart #2257
      Box 877, 1235 Main Street
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-2288 | F: 250 847-9034
      

    • Extended Care

      Bulkley Lodge (70 beds)
      Box 3640, 3668 - 11th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-4443 | F: 250-847-3895
      

    • Home Nursing

      Smithers Home and Community Care
      Box 370, 3950 - 8th Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-6234 | F: 250 847-6239
      

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Canadian Diabetes Association
      12459 Alder Road
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N1
      P: 250 847-4708
      

    • Physiotherapy

      Transitions Physiotherapy
      Suite #200, 3848 - 3rd Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N3
      P: 250 877-7575
      
      Alpine Physiotherapy
      1268 Main Street
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 877-6966
      
      Smithers Physiotherapy Centre
      3868 Broadway
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-9808
      

    • Occupational therapy

      Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre
      Box 995, 3350 Poplar Road
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-4122 | F: 250 847-9338
      www.bvcdc.ca
      

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Adult Mental Health Center & CYMH Smithers
      2nd Floor, 3793 Alfred Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-7727 | F: 250 847-5993
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      
      Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre Society
      Box 2920, 1888 Main Street
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-5211 | F: 250 847-5144
      www.dzelkant.com
      
      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

    • Social workers

      Ministry of Children and Family Development
      2nd Floor, 3793 Alfred Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-7727 | TFP: 1 866 823-7888 | F: 250 847-7811
      
      Northern Health Authority
      Bag 5000, 3793 Alfred Avenue
      Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-6400 | F: 250 847-5908
      
      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
      

  • Preschooler Health Day Circuit
    Smithers Community Health
    Northern Health Unit
    3793 Alfred Avenue
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 847-6400
    
    Pacemaker Clinic - UNBC at Bulkley Valley District Hospital
    Northern Health Unit
    3950 - 8th Avenue
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 565-2439
    
    Moricetown Healthy Babies
    Health Families Program
    205 Beaver Road
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N1
    P: 250 847-3613 | F: 250 847-9347
    
    Smithers Pregnancy Outreach Program
    Box 3836
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 847-9477 | F: 250 847-8911
    
    Positive Living: Smithers
    3862B Broadway Avenue
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 877-0042
    Hrs: Mon, Wed 11 am - 3 pm, Thurs 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    

    Services: Hep C Education and Outreach, Needle Exchange, Harm Reduction, Social Services

    www.positivelivingnorth.ca

    Northern Society for Domestic Peace
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    3772 - 1st Avenue
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 847-9000
    
    BC Schizophrenia Society
    Mental Health & Addictions
    Box 3603, 3815 Railway Avenue
    Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
    P: 250 847-9779 | TF: 1 888 847-9779
    www.bcss.org
    

    • Practice Site Information

      Central Square Medical Clinic
      1209 Main Street
      PO Box 3760
      Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
      P: 250 847-8761 | F: 250 847-2814
      
      Physician Site Coordinator 
      Dr. Marlowe Haskins
      
      Office Administrator
      Tina Haskins
      

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      Close knit friendly community.

      On the Experience

      Lots of independence and learning opportunities if keen.

      Challenges

      Smithers is a new site.

    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 18-30

      Resident per Day: 10-20

    • Office Set-up

      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:

      Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

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

      May be managing cases in the ER during the day and at night. Possible births and C-sections. Telerounds, resident teaching, PBSG monthly

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Justin Flynn
      Dr. Barb Kotzee
      Dr. Isacc Pretorius
      Dr. Sheila Smith
      Dr. Jodi Preto
      Dr. Niki Froese
      Dr. Mary Knight
      Dr. Karin Blouw