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  • Community Information

    Nestled in the fertile Nechako Valley on the banks of the Nechako River, Vanderhoof is the Geographical Centre of the Province of British Columbia. Vanderhoof gained the designation as the Geographical Centre of BC about 1865 by surveyors during the construction of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail. The surveyors placed a plaque at the site, which they calculated to be at the outlet of Sinkut Lake. Although the centre of BC site has since moved to it’s current and more accurate location along Highway 16, the original plaque is on display at the Vanderhoof Community Museum. (quoted from Vanderhoof tourism brochure)

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, agriculture, tourism, mining


    • Population

      Town Population: 4,480 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Patient Catchment: 9,000

      Ages of Population:
      0-17: 25.5%
      18-24: 10.1%
      25-64: 51.8%
      65+: 12.7% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures for Nechako)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Northern Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Northern Interior

      Regional District: Bulkley-Nechako

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 31.8

    • Practitioners + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 16 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics
      Omineca Medical Clinic
      3348 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-2201
      
      Carrier Sekani Family Services
      Box 1219
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0G 3A0
      P: 250 567-2900 | TFP: 1 866 567-2333 | F: 250 567-2975
      

  • St John Hospital has been in existence since 1941. The hospital is part of the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District serving the region.

    St John Hospital services include:

    • Emergency treatment
    • Labor and delivery
    • X-ray and ultrasound
    • Minor orthopedic surgery
    • Minor general surgeries
    • In-patient recreation and physiotherapy

    < Services that are operated on an outpatient basis from the St. John Hospital include:

    • Diabetic counseling and daycare
    • Occupational therapy
    • Smoking cessation program
    • Dietetic services and counseling
    • Healthy heart program

    St John Hospital is a teaching facility for the University of British Columbia. Visiting specialists are referred for orthopedics, urology, ororhino-laryngology (ENT).

    • Contact Info

      St John Hospital
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-2211     |     F: 250 567-9713
      

    • Hospital Info

      Acute beds: 17

      Bassinets: 8

      Complex care beds: 50

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 101 km (Prince George)

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service ER that is open 24/7 in this community.

      Number of visits per year: 13,724 (2009/2010 Statistics)

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

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

    • Anaesthetics

      Yes, this community has anaesthesia services

    • Surgery

      Yes, this community has surgical services:

      minor, orthopedic (minor), general, ENT (ear, nose, throat), gynecology, plastic surgery, urology

    • Maternity

      This community offers Caesarian section service.

    • Lab services

      St. John Hospital Lab
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-6240
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am-1 pm

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      X-ray
      St. John Hospital Imaging
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-2211 ext. 23
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
      
      Ultrasound
      There are ultrasound services in this community
      
      Mammography
      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.
      

    • Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Services provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance.

    • Pharmacy

      Hospital
      St. John Hospital Pharmacy
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-2021 | F: 250 567-2910
      
      In-community
      Drugstore Pharmacy #8574
      2110 Ryley Avenue
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-6005 | F: 250 567-6009
      
      Vanderhoof Rexall Drug Store
      Box 160, 188 East Stewart Street
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-2281 | F: 250 567-9084

    • Extended Care

      Omineca Lodge (50 beds)
      3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-2216
      
      Stuart Nechako Manor (52 beds)
      3277 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-2013 | F: 250 567-2018

    • Home Nursing

      Vanderhoof Health Unit
      3299 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-2013 ext. 6282
      Hrs: M-F 8:30 am-12 Noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
      
      WeCare Prince George
      P: 250 563-3501 | F: 250 563-6448

    • Dietetics

      St. John Hospital
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-6256

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      See Outreach Clinics for details.

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Omineca Lakes Mental Health & Addiction Services
      St. John Hospital
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-5994
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 pm
      
      Vanderhoof Health Unit
      3299 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-5994 | F: 250 567-6171
      
      Vanderhoof Alcohol & Drug Services
      192 West Stewart Street
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-2107
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 pm
      
      Nechako Valley Community Services Society
      Box 1249, 157 W. Victoria Street
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-9205 | F: 250 567-3939
      
      Carrier Sekani Family Services
      Box 1219, 240 West Stewart Street
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-2900 xt. 107

    • Social workers

      Northern Health Authority
      Vanderhoof Health Unit
      RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
      P: 250 567-6900 | F: 250 567-6171
      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
      
      Carrier Sekani Family Services
      Box 1219, 240 West Stewart Street
      Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
      P: 250 567-2900 ext. 107 | TFP: 1 866 567-2333 | F: 250 567-2975
      

  • Northern Health Authority
    Vanderhoof Health Unit
    RR#2, 3255 Hospital Road
    Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A2
    P: 250 567-6900 | F: 250 567-6171
    Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    
    Carrier Sekani Family Services Outreach Program
    Diabetes Care and Education
    Box 1219, 240 West Stewart Street
    Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0
    P: 250 699-6170 | F: 250 699-6179
    
    BC Schizophrenia Society Northern Interior Region
    Mental Health & Addictions
    Prince George Office
    Box 504, 1117 - 6th Avenue
    Prince George, BC, V2L 4S6
    P: 250 561-8033 | TFP: 1 888 561-8055 | F: 250 562-8015
    


    • Practice Site Information

      Omineca Medical Clinic
      3348 Hospital Road
      Vanderhoof BC V0J 3A2
      250 567-2105
      
      Physician Site Coordinator
      Dr. Rebecca Janssen
      
      On-Call Schedule
      On call for Vanderhoof is 8-10 shifts/month for full time GPs and 6 shifts/month for part time.
      
      Office Hours
      Monday to Friday (9 am - 5 pm)
      


    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC, Out of province

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

      Other professionals:

      Imaging and Laboratory Service Professionals

      Physiotherapy


    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Very inviting community. Were very happy to have us.”

      On the Experience

      “EXCELLENT rotation. Wonderful staff. Great learning environment. You get your own patients and ER shifts. You can do everything you want to and there is always back up.”


    • “Patient”

      % Low: 10%

      % Medium: 80%

      % High: 10%


    • Patient Load

      Practice per Day: 10 charts total

      Physician per Day: 30

      Resident per Day: 24


    • Office Set-up

      Personnel in Office: Registered Nursing Assistants

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No

      Payment Modality: Private Practice Fee for Service

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

      Is there a problem list on each chart? 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? Yes

      Technology: 
      Billing
      Email
      Internet
      Medline
      Electronic Medical Records
      


    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: No

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.

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

      Computer-based: Yes, there are opportunities for computer-based education.

      CCFP Small Group Learning: No

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

      Invited speakers. Tuesday lunchtime presentations. Mortality and Morbidity rounds. More OB. Full Oncology Service. The college used for OR training is the Grande Prairie Regional College.


    • Preceptor Physicians

      Dr. Bret Batchelor
      Dr. Suzanne Campbell
      Dr. Davy Dhillon
      Dr. Peter DeVos
      Dr. Nicole Ebert
      Dr. Sean Ebert
      Dr. Michael Makin
      Dr. Jeff Obayashi