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Primary Care Homes


  • Support North Shore family physicians to align their practices with the Patient Medical Home model.
  • Establish Primary Care Homes, which are networked Patient Medical Homes and primary care services with formal links to specialists and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) specialized services.
Physician Lead: Dr. Dean Brown -

Project Lead: Emilie Desmottes -
Partner: VCH
Funding Sources: General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) and VCH


We are collaborating with VCH to develop Primary Care Homes and Patient Medical Homes on the North Shore. Our initial approach focuses on team-based care for complex and frail elderly patients. We implemented the first prototype site, iHealthMD in July 2017. We are moving through a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, and will implement the second prototype in January 2018.

The Division and VCH are seeking groups of physicians (ideally co-located) who want to learn more and who might consider participating in the next phase. Click here for additional information. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Dr. Dean Brown, Physician Lead at or Emilie Desmottes, Project Lead at


The 12 attributes of Patient Medical Homes in BC are:

The patient is located in the centre, with the goal being whole-person care.

  1. Commitment (A personal family physician)
  2. Timely access
  3. Comprehensive care
  4. Continuity of care
  5. Coordination of care
  6. Team-based care
  7. Family Practice networks supporting practice
  8. Patient Medical Home networks supporting communities
  9. Information technology enabled
  10. Education training and research
  11. Evaluation and Quality Improvement
  12. Internal and external governance


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North Shore Division of Family Practice
220-145 Chadwick Court
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7M 3K1

Phone: 778.945.3017
Fax: 778.730.0630
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