Primary Care Networks team up to keep you healthy

EDMONTON, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Did you know it takes a team to keep you healthy? By building health teams, which include family doctors and other health professionals, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) help Albertans get the right care, at the right time, by the right team member.

Each PCN builds programs and services to meet the health needs of the communities they serve. For example, if many residents have diabetes, the PCN may create a weight management or healthy eating program to help residents learn to better manage their health. Often these programs are run by members of the PCN's health team and family doctors may refer their patients to the program. In several PCNs patients can also self-refer to some programs.

"Over the years Primary Care Networks have built health teams to deliver programs and services to fit the needs of their communities," said Dr. Phillip van der Merwe, Family Physician and co-chair, Provincial PCN Physician Leads Executive. "Almost every community in Alberta has access to PCN resources."

Did you know?

  • There are over 850 PCN family doctors accepting new patients. Albertans looking for a family doctor can visit to find one near them. Research shows that patients who regularly visit a family doctor are healthier and live longer.
  • After-hours clinics or improved access to family doctor services are available in many communities across Alberta.
  • Across the province more than 1,100 health professionals (e.g., nurses, dietitians and pharmacists) are part of the PCN health team.

Albertans can find their PCN by visiting

ABOUT PRIMARY CARE NETWORKS: Primary Care Networks (PCNs) bring local physicians and other health care professionals together to provide comprehensive patient care to Albertans. PCNs develop local solutions to meet the needs of their local health issues. There are 42 PCNs in Alberta that provide care for about 3.3 million patients. PCNs are created through an agreement between physicians and Alberta Health Services. For more information about PCNs, please visit

SOURCE Primary Care Networks Program Management Office

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For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact: Alexis Caddy, Manager, Communications, Primary Care Networks Program Management Office, Telephone: 780.970.6221, Mobile: 780.863.9481, Email:

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