In Alberta, there are currently 40 Primary Care Networks accounting for 79% of the eligible family physicians working in PCNs. The goal is to have 80 percent of all Albertans receiving care from PCN teams in 2011.
Every PCN is unique because it is developed locally by area family physicians in cooperation with the local health region and other health professionals such as nurses and dietitians. This grassroots approach allows – and encourages – the PCN to focus on the needs of the local patient population.
The Wetaskiwin Primary Care Network is a partnership between Family Physicians and Alberta Health. This non-profit health organization was created in 2010 to extend free health care services to our community.
We have a decentralized/centralized hybrid model of care – offering services out of the PCN main office, local Physicians clinics, as well as the Wetaskiwin hospital. Our PCN is comprised of 34 family Physicians (located in the 4 participating clinics) & 29 PCN staff, of which 20 are healthcare professionals who provide direct clinical services.
The Wetaskiwin PCN has collaborated to develop additional services available to patients and family members.
Our services became available to the community in the fall of 2011.