Primary Care Network
In 2003, Alberta Health and Wellness, the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta’s Regional Health Authorities (now Alberta Health Services) established the Primary Care Initiative (PCI) to improve access to family physicians and other frontline health care providers in Alberta. The purpose of the PCI is to develop Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and support them in meeting the objectives of the program.
PCNs use a collaborative team approach to provide care for patients and to coordinate primary health care services provided by family physicians, Alberta Health Services and other health care professionals. PCNs are a way to provide team support for family doctors by bringing teams of health professionals together, creating a patients Medical Home.
Rimbey Medical Clinic is part of the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network, along with physicians and health care professionals from Lacombe, Ponoka, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail.
Chronic Disease Management
Brenda, Laurie and Jill are our Chronic Disease Case Managers, focusing on diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking addiction and patients who need to be on blood thinners. They do many tasks, including:
- diabetes education
- blood sugar monitoring
- instruction on insulin self-injections
- helping patients adjust their insulin dose
- routine diabetic neuropathy screening
- blood pressure checks
- injections for anemia, arthritis, allergies, and other diseases
- anti-coagulation counseling and monitoring
- smoking cessation counseling
- weight loss counseling
- 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
If you have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, please talk to your doctor about seeing our Chronic Disease Nurses.
One of the goals of the PCN is to increase focus on health promotion and disease & injury prevention. Pam, our Panel Manager, in conjunction with your family doctor will identify patients who are due to have screening measures; such as mammograms, bone densities, blood tests, blood pressures and other cancer screening tests; and ensure they are arranged. You may be contacted before an appointment to do these things, with the goal of having results available at your appointment.
Concerned that your diet may be impacting your health? Kristy, our dietitian, can help you to learn what it means to eat healthy and how to implement practical strategies to improve your eating habits. Proper nutrition can help to improve health and manage disease, and Kristy provides nutrition education and counseling on a wide array of topics, including:
- Weight loss
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Heart failure & other heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Kidney stones
- High cholesterol
- Gastrointestinal concerns eg. Crohns, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome
- Eating disorders
Appointments to see Kristy can be made by contacting the clinic.
We are pleased to offer therapy with our psychologist, Lara. If you think you might benefit from seeing a therapist, please talk to your doctor.
QuitCore - Smoking Cessation
QuitCore is a FREE 8-week support program that will teach you how to quit smoking. To register, call 1.866.710.QUIT
Date & Time: Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Rimbey Hospital & Care Center Auditorium
One-on one smoking cessation counselling is also available, please call for more details.
Weight Wise Program
Brenda, Laurie and Kristy run this free group program that aims to help people achieve healthy weights for healthy lives. It includes 9 modules that can be done over any time period. This program is a requirement for most bariatric surgery services, but is open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. THis program is not currently running due to low registration n umbers. If you think you would like to be a part of the program please contact Laurie or Brenda at the clinic to add your name to the list.