Plans for community health center still in the works

Health Center Committee Chair Karen WourmsCHESTERMERE – The project to get a health center built in the community is still underway, and members of the Chestermere Health Committee are saying that they will be able to announce the beginning of construction on the facility in the near future. The committee members have been working in cooperation with the Primary Care Network (PCN) to coordinate access to a wide range of health services in the new facility, which will be built in the new Kinniburgh development. “Primary care is the first point of contact a person has with the health system – the point where people receive care for most of their everyday health needs,” said committee chair and registered nurse Karen Wourms. “This care is typically provided by family physicians, nurses, LPNs, dieticians, mental health professionals and pharmacists.

“Primary care includes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of various health conditions.  It also includes referrals to specialists and diagnostic services such as lab tests and x-rays.”

Wourms said that the Chestermere project has been granted several thousands of PCN dollars to enhance health services in the community.

“The funding has already added Automated External Defibrillators, baby scales, enhanced social work programming and early childhood screening to Chestermere,” she said. “There has also been funding given to hire Licensed Practical Nurses to work within the existing family physician offices to do work in chronic disease management (CDM).”

Wourms said that CDM focuses on patients with coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and arthritis.

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