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Family Medicine

This program provides interdisciplinary teams which support care to a diverse group of patients experiencing various illnesses.  The complex medical conditions of some of these patients may require a prolonged hospital stay.  Once their condition is no longer acute but ongoing care is still required, allied health profession working alongside direct care provide will liaises with regional resources to find more suitable accommodation the community.

The Family Medicine Program supports a total of 89 beds in the hospital.  There are comprised of 3 units; 2 sub-acute units (SAU) and 1 transitional care unit (TCU).  Family Medicine Physicians who practices in the community provides support to patients they know and see on an ongoing basis in their practice.  We also have Family Practice Hospitalists who are Family Medicine Physicians who support patients whose family physicians do not admit to the hospital. 

Sub-Acute Unit (SAU): 

The purpose of the SAU is to provide quality care in the adult patient who is not severely ill or who is in the recovery phase, including exacerbation of chronic illness, that requires general medical care and intervention to maintain their physical, psychosocial, and spiritual well-being.  The patient’s condition is such that the care does not depend heavily on high technology monitoring or complex diagnostic procedure.

The Sub-Acute unit requires daily individual assessment and review of the clinical course and treatment plan for a limited time period, until the condition is stabilized or the treatment course is completed.  They do not require 24 hour in house physician present but attending physician are available on care on after hours.

Patients are admitted under an attending Family Physician and are cared for by an interdisciplinary team.  As a central value of Family Medicine is continuity, whenever possible, patients will be admitted under their own family physician. Individuals whose Primary Care Provider does not admit to a sub-acute unit will receive care by a Family Practice Hospitalists on the SAU.