About Peaks to Prairies PCN
Peaks to Prairies Primary Care Network is a joint-venture with Alberta Health Services. Peaks to Prairies PCN is led by local physicians in Olds, Sundre and surrounding area and is designed to support primary care health services in our area.
What is Peaks to Prairies Primary Care Network?
Peaks to Prairies Primary Care Network (PCN) is led by local family physicians in Olds, Sundre and surrounding area. All of the Family Physicians in Olds and Sundre are members of our PCN.
- Our PCN serves over 25,000 patients.
- Peaks to Prairies PCN is a joint-venture with Alberta Health Services, and partners closely with AHS and all other primary health care providers to do our best to coordinate care and provide services that meet the needs of the communities we serve.
Our mission at Peaks to Prairies PCN is to be a health home, where we provide patient-focused care, support and resources to enable you to be in your best health.
- A health home (also called a medical home) is the place where you have developed a relationship with your Family Physician, and where you feel comfortable to share your physical, mental and emotional health concerns.
- In the health home, your Family Physician works with our PCN team to provide you with coordinated team-based care and access to the medical and health care services that you need. Our PCN team of caring professionals includes nurses, social workers, an exercise specialist, and clinic and administrative support staff.
What are our Mission, Vision & Values?
To be the model for rural health care…for our communities to access timely, seamless, comprehensive primary care through the collaboration of health care professionals in the area.
To be a health home where we provide patient-focused care, support and resources to enable our patients to achieve their best health.
We commit to
Be Respectful. We are friendly, positive and courteous. We treat our patients and each other with honesty and dignity. We preserve patient privacy and confidentiality at all times
Show Appreciation. Everyone deserves to be appreciated, and we show that we value each other and our patients through our words and actions. We want everyone to know they are important to us.
Be Inspired. We recognize each other’s strengths and are supportive of each other. We learn together to inspire one another to be our best, and to enable our patients to be their best selves.
Make a Difference. We make a difference in our patient’s lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to help our patients achieve their goals.
Be Compassionate. We listen with caring and with presence. We are genuine, kind and considerate. We acknowledge how people feel without judgment.
Strive for Excellence. Our role is to provide safe, quality care. We have high standards and we are a reliable source of current information that can be trusted.
What is a PCN?
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a made-in-Alberta approach to improving access to and better coordinating care for patients across the province.
In a PCN, a group of family doctors and Alberta Health Services coordinate health services for patients. A PCN is not necessarily a bricks and mortar building – it is a network of doctors and other health providers working together to coordinate and provide primary health care to patients.
A PCN can be comprised of one clinic with many physicians and support staff, or several doctors in several clinics in a geographical area. Each network has the flexibility to develop programs and to provide services in a way that works locally to meet the specific needs of patients and the communities within the PCN area.
What is Primary Care?
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.
Primary care is typically provided by Family Physicians, in conjunction with a team of nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, and others. Family Physicians are often the first place patients seek appointments for their primary care needs.
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 laboratory tests or X-rays, and referrals to Alberta Health Services such as home care, immunization programs, hospital care and long-term care.