PMH and PCH
Patient Medical Home (PMH)
PMH is a family practice where patients feel most comfortable discussing personal and health concerns. Family physicians work collaboratively with a team of health professionals, either within or linked to the practice, to deliver longitudinal,comprehensive and coordinated care.
In BC, the PMH is being recognized as the foundation for building a streamlined and accessible patient service.
More information is available on the GPSC Website
Primary Care Home (PCH)
PCH describes patient medical homes (full-service family practices) or networks of patient medical homes linked with the Health Authority and community agency primary care services. They form the foundation of a coordinated system of primary and community care.. This team-based approach includes other health professionals working together with family doctors, forming care networks.
Community approaches vary in how primary care services are organized and offered.
At the local level, our physicians collaborate with the Health Authority and community partners to develop stronger relationships and health care teams to create a more seamless patient service. Co-locating services and building virtual teams are both being explored. Within communities, work is focused on solutions specific to the geography, existing, or gaps in, services, and local needs.
This work is coordinated with Interior Health at the Collaborative Services Committee (CSC). Physicians, health authority, General Services Practice Committee (GPSC) and Patient Voices Network are involved.
All EK Division communities (Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley Invermere, Golden, Fernie, Elkford and Sparwood) are involved in this provincially-mandated work. Primary health care services in rural communities tend to exemplify many of the attributes of PMHs, but there are always opportunities to further enhance and integrate health care services.
Funding support is beginning to emerge for specific community projects. We are planning future physician and community engagements.
EK Division of Family Practice