South Okanagan Simillkameen

Welcome to the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice

The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice is a membership organization, and a place for primary care providers to connect, collaborate and create positive change.

Our Division, which represents primary care providers in the communities of Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton and Summerland, is a leader in the province when it comes to supporting our full-service physician network, team-based care, long term care, maternity care and many more healthcare improvements — making the South Okanagan Similkameen a great place to practice, and a great place to live.

* New Information: A new approach to local primary care is coming soon*

A new team-based approach to primary care is coming soon to the South Okanagan Similkameen. The initiative, called Primary Care Network, has been developed, starting in Penticton and Summerland, so that over the next three years, many more patients in our region will be in the care of a family physician or nurse practitioner. 

Because our region has a Primary Care Network, we anticipate that in the coming months, there will be a way for patients to register that they are looking for a primary care provider. At this time, we have no further details, and so respectfully ask that patients do not call local physician offices for this information. As soon as we learn about a way for patients to register, we will make an announcement on this website and in the community.

In the first phase of the Primary Care Network rollout, up to 5.5 full-time nurse practitioners and 6 full-time physicians will be hired in Penticton and Summerland. Most of these providers will work in existing offices, with the plan to also open a new team-based care clinic in early 2020. A second phase will involve Primary Care Network rollout in our rural communities.

View the following documents to find out more about what this exciting initiative means for our primary care providers and our region:

Ministry of Health Announcement of Primary Care Network, Apr. 12th 2019

Primary Care Network Questions and Answers

Primary Care Network Background Information

Primary Care Network Signing Ceremony, Feb.6th 2019