The 1860s were the start of a short-lived gold rush and the beginning of settlement in the Revelstoke area. The town itself was established in the 1880s as a transportation and supply centre for the mining industry. Nestled high in the Monashee Mountains, next to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park, the community of Revelstoke boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in BC.
Historically a railroad town, Revelstoke prides itself on its rich heritage and scenic ambiance. Recreational activities here include backcountry hiking, ski touring, heli-skiing and river rafting.
The climate of Revelstoke is impacted by the deflection of warm moisture-laden air from the Pacific upwards by the Columbia Mountains. The cooling of this air mass brings significant precipitation, particularly during the winter months and the community is known for its snowy winters. The average summer temperature is 18 degrees Celsius, while the average winter temperature is -5 degrees.
Forestry, transportation, tourism, and government service industries
Town Population: 7,139 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
Patient Catchment: 8,000
Ages of Population:
0-17: 18.8% 18-24: 9.2% 25-64: 58.2% 65+: 18.8% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Interior Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap
Regional District: Columbia-Shuswap
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 23.00
Practitioners + Clinic information
General Practitioners: 19 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 2 Specialists
Selkirk Medical Group 101 - West 1st Street Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S1 P: 250 837-9321
1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2131 | F: 250 814-2285
The Queen Victoria Hospital is an acute care hospital that offers several services, including: emergency care, physician offices, patient and rehab care and surgical services.
Acute Care Beds: 10
Major Medical Centre: Transfer to Kelowna (193 km)
There is a full service ER that is open 24/7 in this community.
No. of Visits Per Year: 8,086 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)
Travel distance to transfer hospital: 193 km to Kelowna
Hospital CAEP and CTAS
Description Level 4 – Facility with inpatient beds. May be optional services i.e. obstetrics, definitive for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, open 24/7
CTAS Level CTAS Level I (Resuscitation) CTAS Level II (Emergent) CTAS Level III (Urgent) CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent) CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)
There are anaesthesia services in this community.
There are surgical services in this community.
There are obstetrics and Caesarian section services in this community. Midwifery is also offered:
Mountain Midwifery Box 3234 Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-4006
Queen Victoria Hospital Lab 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2131 ext. 262 | F: 250 814-2292 Hrs: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
X-Ray Queen Victoria Hospital 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2131 | F: 250 814-2285 Ultrasound There are ultrasound imaging services in this community. Mammography
Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.
BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.
Peoples Drug Mart #110 Alpine Village Shopping Center Box 3000, 555 Victoria Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-5191 | F: 250 837-5658 Pharmasave #213 Box 680, 307 Victoria Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2028 | F: 250 837-4636
Mount Cartier Court (46 beds) Queen Victoria Hospital 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2131 In-community Moberly Park Manor 711 West 1st Street Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-3147 | F: 250 837-5720
Pre-Natal Home Visits Queen Victoria Hospital 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2244 In-community Home & Community Care Office P: 250 814-2267 WeCare Vernon P: 250 542-9717 | F: 250 545-9729
Outpatient Nutrition Counselling Queen Victoria Hospital 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2276 | F: 250 814-2285
Diabetic Nurse Educator
Diabetes Education Center Queen Victoria Hospital 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2276
Interior Health Rehabilitative Services Queen Victoria Hospital Bag 5000, 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2270 | F: 250 814-2285 In-community Red Cedar Physiotherapy 204 - 555 Victoria Street West Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-8519 Helios Rehabilitation & Performance 5 - 1605 Victoria Street West Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-7171
Interior Health Rehabilitative Services Queen Victoria Hospital Bag 5000, 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2270 | F: 250 814-2285
Mental Health and Addictions
Mental Health and Addictions Queen Victoria Hospital Bag 5000, 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2131 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm In-community Community Connections Box 2880, 314 - 2nd Street East Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2920 ext. 31 Hrs: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CYMH Revelstoke 210 Garden Avenue Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-7612 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Queen Victoria Hospital 1200 Newlands Road Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 814-2270 | F: 250 814-2285 In-community Community Connections Revelstoke Society Box 2880, 314 - 2 Street East Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2920 ext. 31 Hrs: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Connections Revelstoke Society Violence Against Women Counseling Services Box 2880, 314 - 2 Street East Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 P: 250 837-2920
Practice Site Information
Selkirk Medical Group PO Box 590 101 West First Street Revelstoke BC V0E 2S0 250 837-9321 Physician Site Coordinator(s): Dr. Vikki Vogt-Haines
There is one clinic in town. It serves the resident population and provides some walk-in service. The same doctors provide on call service to Queen Victoria Hospital.
Call Aug 1:6 for ER. OR is 2 days per week with visiting surgeons and internists. Weekend is Saturday and Sunday only (Friday is considered a weekday). There are many visiting specialists and they try to have you with them whenever possible.
Referral centres are Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Salmon Arm. There is a good deal of independence though back up is always available. Some physicians provide on call C-Section and Anaesthesia.
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Training Site Information
Medical Student Training: Yes
Medical Student: UBC
Family Practice Resident Site: Yes
Medical Resident: UBC
Students and Residents Perspectives
On the Community
“Fantastic community. Many amenities including good restaurants and cafes. Great recreation opportunities close by. People are very friendly including the docs.”
On the Experience
“Great rural experience, able to do pretty much as much as you like.”
“Not a lot of opportunity for obstetrics.”
% Low: 15% % Medium: 80% % High: 5%
Physician per Day: 30 to 35
Resident per Day: 15 to 20
Personnel in Office: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Does your office have a surgical suite? Yes
Payment Modality: Fee-for-service
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: Billing Email Internet Medline
Hospital Rounds: Yes, weekly
Videoconferences: Yes, there are opportunities for videoconferencing.
Computer-based: Yes, there are opportunities for computer-based education.
CCFP Small Group Learning: Yes, there are opportunities for CCFP Small Group Learning.
Small Group Learning: Yes, there are opportunities for Small Group Learning.
What other educational opportunities are available to your students and residents (e.g., rounds, CPD)?
Weekly local rounds. Visiting specialist presentations. Videoconference rounds. Internet Up-to-Date. Occasional Obstetrical skills workshops based on the MORE-OB model. Flexibility and residents are welcomed and encouraged to present if they wish.
Dr. Bart Jarmula Dr. Chris A. MacDonald Dr. Sara Brown Dr. Courtney Rennie Dr. Cam MacLeod Dr. Andreas Mostert Dr. Neil Leslie Dr. Cameron Molder Dr. Kim Erwin
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