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Primary Care Networks & Patient Medical Home

Our Commitment to Quality Primary Care in British Columbia

At the heart of our vision for primary care in British Columbia is the goal of providing accessible and high-quality healthcare that meets the needs of patients and communities throughout the province. We aim to achieve this through the Patient Medical Home (PMH) model, which forms the foundation for delivering comprehensive care within an integrated system of primary and community services.

What is the Patient's Medical Home (PMH)?

What is the Patient's Medical Home (PMH)? The PMH is an evidence-based practice model designed to deliver essential elements of full-service primary care. Family physicians and nurse practitioners, supported by a team of nurses and other healthcare professionals, work collaboratively to provide a range of services that meet the diverse needs of patients.

Introducing Primary Care Networks (PCN)

Introducing Primary Care Networks (PCN) To realize our vision, we are implementing Primary Care Networks (PCN) across British Columbia. These networks simplify the healthcare system, focusing on team-based primary care services and enhancing capacity and patient access. PCNs bring together health authorities, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, and community providers to ensure that all members of the community receive the primary care they require.

Barbara Starfield's 4Cs of Primary Care

Our Commitment to Barbara Starfield's 4Cs of Primary Care Through the establishment of PCNs with PMHs as their foundation, the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice and primary care providers in New Westminster and the Tri-Cities are dedicated to delivering primary care that embraces Barbara Starfield's 4Cs:

  1. First Contact: Our primary care providers serve as the initial point of contact for patients, ensuring they have access to timely and comprehensive care.
  2. Longitudinal Relationship: We are committed to building long-term relationships with our patients, fostering trust, continuity, and personalized care.
  3. Comprehensive Care: Our goal is to provide comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of a patient's health, including physical, mental, and social well-being.
  4. Coordinated Care: We coordinate care across various healthcare providers and services to ensure seamless transitions and improved health outcomes for patients.

We are dedicated to creating a healthcare system that places the patient at the center, prioritizes accessibility, and promotes the delivery of holistic, team-based care. By working together, we can ensure that all members of our community have access to the high-quality primary care they deserve.

Click here to learn more about the Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Network initiative in B.C., and download a factsheet. 


How the implementation of Primary Care Networks in Fraser Northwest has impacted family doctors and patients:


Patient Medical Homes: Overview for BC Family Doctors


Primary Care Networks: Overview for BC Family Doctors