Health Care Action Framework

Posted on August 12, 2013


A health coalition group consisting of leaders from the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the Interior Health Authority, the local Division of Family Practice, and Princetonʼs physicians and nurse practicioner, have worked together for the last six months to develop a Health Care Action Famework for Princeton and Area. The process was facilitated by Valerie Tregillus who was hired as a consultant by the coalition. Some of the highlights of this Action Framework are:

• formation of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee which will provide the mechanism for Interior Health, RDOS, the Town of Princeton, and Cascade Clinic to work together to support stable, sustainable and accessible health care in Princeton

• the purpose of the Steering Committee is to build a sense of security for the population related to their health care needs and to influence, monitor and report upon Princeton health care issues

• the Steering Committee recognizes that open and transparent communication with the community is essential

• the Steering Committee will address local health care issues brought to them by Princeton and Area residents

• identification of short and long term indicators that includes fully functional 24/7 Emergency Room coverage by October, 2013 (Note: with the three new doctors that IHA has been able to secure for Princeton, our ER will soon be functioning 24/7/365)

• a group collaborative practice of physicians and nurse practicioner in one location (Cascade Clinic) with all physicians sharing ER duty

• the possibility of more specialists traveling to Princeton to see patients. Princeton is eligible for the Northern Isolation Travel Assistance Outreach Program which funds travel and travel time for specialists

• plans to equip Princeton with tele-health equipment and train and build staff expertise to use the equipment

• the hospital administration, with support from the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee, will be empowered to identify and recommend current and future acute care and hospital use

• enhancement and expansion of existing bus service to non-emergency medical appointments in Penticton and Kelowna; IHA will be working in cooperation with RDOS to provide funding for these enhancements

• paramedic skills will be utilized to assist nurses in the delivery of patient care

Click here for the full Princeton Health Care Action Framework.

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