We have exciting News!
Welcome to the West Parry Sound Rural Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic with 6 sites (historically called Nursing Stations)!
We are so pleased to announce we have received additional funding as a NURSE PRACTITIONER LED CLINIC!!! (NPLC). This means we will have even more Team Members to Provide Care for you in YOUR community!!!
Please note this site is under construction but we are committed to sharing our committment to you as soon as possible! You may call any of the NPLC sites for more information (contact information in hyperlinks below and individual NPLC site pages above).
WE ARE STILL THE SAME NURSING STATIONS YOU KNOW AND LOVE!
PLEASE READ THE Frequently Asked Questions Below and Contact your Local WPSHC Rural NPLC site (Nursing Station) for more information on hours, appointments, and referrals to our new team members!
There are six Rural Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic Sites which are associated with the West Parry Sound Health Centre. They are located in:
The NPLC sites (Nursing Stations) are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; and the funding is managed by the West Parry Sound Health Center.
WPSHC Rural NPLC Update and FAQs
West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) has been awarded funding to expand its six Nursing Stations into Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics (NPLC). This will provide extended health services to the communities they serve!
Previously, the Nursing Stations were managed by only a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and an administrative assistant. Over the years, the needs have changed. The aging population has increased the need for primary care in our area. In addition, being cottage country, retirees have made our communities their primary home, further expanding the need for more comprehensive primary care.
When one of the Nursing Stations first opened, the NP saw 300 patients per year. They now see over 300 to 400 per month. Collectively, the six nursing stations provide primary care for over 22,000 patients, and that number continues to grow as people move North to enjoy living in our beautiful region.
Up until now the Nursing Stations were each staffed with only an NP and administrative assistant - truly ‘bare bones’ for 22,000 patients. The nursing stations had to outsource all of their interdisciplinary needs - some patients traveling up to two hours for physiotherapy. Social workers were not funded or available, and most who required extended support, were unable to afford it.
The Nurse Practitioner team is proud to be a part of our communities; they advocate for patients and have so much pride in the care they provide. That care can now be even better. We truly feel that NPLCs are the gold standard of interdisciplinary care.
What is unique about our model, is that we have a 75 percent rural patient population with our six nursing stations reaching as far south as Moose Deer Point and north as far as Argyle and Britt. This network has the support of WPSHC’s board and senior leadership to provide a truly integrative model. We are able to meld primary care services with acute care support, and this is the first of its kind!
West Parry Sound Health Centre’s Rural NPLC sites:
• WPSHC Rural NPLC- Argyle, NP manager- Barb Sproul
• WPSHC Rural NPLC- Britt, NP manager- Ann Palamar
• WPSHC Rural NPLC- Moose Deer Point, NP manager- Connie Foster
• WPSHC Rural NPLC- Pointe Au Baril, NP manager- Jared Bonis
• WPSHC Rural NPLC- Rosseau, NP manager- Brittany Labrecque
• WPSHC Rural NPLC- Whitestone, NP Manager- Teresa Wetselaar
The WPSHC Rural NPLC will continue to have Managing NPs and their administrative staff; as well as additional Nurse Practitioners, Social Work, Mental Health and Addictions, Physiotherapy, and Nursing support. All of the allied team members will travel to the six nursing stations as well as be readily accessible through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). The funding will continue to be managed by WPSHC.
What is an NPLC?
Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics are an innovative model for delivery of comprehensive primary health care in Ontario. The model is designed to improve access to care for the thousands of individuals and families who do not currently have a primary health care provider. One of the unique aspects of the model is the incorporation of nursing leadership within an inter-professional team.
What can Nurse Practitioners do?
Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat, and monitor a wide range of health problems using an evidence-based approach to their practice. They consult and collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to meet the needs of the patient population.
Chronic disease management, health promotion and illness prevention, as well as helping patients navigate through the health care system are integral to their approach to patient care. Engaging patients as full partners in their care plan with attention to self-care to the extent that patients are willing and able to participate is an important aspect of the underlying philosophy of NPLCs.
In addition, nurse practitioners are experts in community health care needs assessment and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. These programs are targeted to specific health care needs identified in collaboration with their communities.
Who regulates Nurse Practitioners?
The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) regulates nurse practitioners.
What is unique about our model?
Traditionally NPLCs operate out of one site, with the exception of a few. The WPSHC Rural NPLC has six sites spanning 190 kilometres north to south. The allied team members will be traveling between sites to provide care to each community. The ongoing relationship with WPSHC, an acute care centre, further enhances continuity of care and rapid access to services, diagnostic tests, specialists, and ongoing support from the senior leadership and board.
Can you still access the NPs if you have another provider?
Our region is unique with a very large seasonal population and with that in mind it is imperative for our community members to have access to care close to home, including summer residents. The NPs will still be able to see you for episodic care. They will send your primary care provider information on the care provided so care flow will be seamless.
Patients are still expected to see their primary care provider for ongoing care to avoid duplication of services, however, in this model patients will have access to episodic care in their community. In some cases, the NP will be able to provide shared care for chronic disease management, in particular for those who have transportation and access as a barrier and live in the area for an extended time.
In addition, patients may be able to access their provider or specialist through the Ontario Telemedicine Network, available at each NPLC site.
Who are the new team members?
• Social Worker: Brett Barager
• Mental Health and Addictions Worker/Counsellor: Shelby Dunk
• Registered Nurse: Amanda Kobylanski
• Physiotherapist: Becky Heitman
How do I get to see them?
Each NPLC site (historically Nursing Station) continues to be managed by an NP. The Social Worker, Mental Health Worker, and Registered Nurse will be booked by referrals from the NP - if the patient receives primary care from the NP.
For patients with a doctor or other primary care provider, the referrals will be based on need, accessibility, and availability to ensure we are not duplicating services that patients may already have access to.
The physiotherapist will be accessible via referral and other programming; however, this role is currently in the development phase and will be available in September. Please contact your local NPLC site for more information.
How often do the team members rotate?
Each allied health member is booked weekly at each NPLC site. If a consult is required sooner, then an OTN videoconference may be available from site to site. Please contact your local NPLC site for more information. You must be seen by the Nurse Practitioner for referral to the allied health team.
What are the hours of the NPLC sites?
Each community is unique, and therefore having different needs. The NPLC sites continue to provide individualized care to each of their communities. Please contact the NPLC site via telephone to book appointments and inquire about clinic hours of operation. The website will also be updated when necessary to include current hours of operation.