PODCAST: Why primary care is a top priority

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Mary Ackenhusen | November 25th, 2015

In this edition of Straight Talk I spoke with Dr. David Hall, medical director of primary care for Vancouver Community, about one of our top three strategic priorities at VCH; Improving Access to Primary Care. This priority places a lot of emphasis on expanding and improving access to services for seniors, as well as mental health and addiction care. Dr. Hall and I talked about why this is such an important priority, how we might approach it and how it fits in with other parts of the system. I hope you’ll listen and join the discussion by posting your own questions or comments in the comment section below. Thanks for listening!

Mary

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Total listening time 12 Min. 22 Sec.

In this episode:

  • Introduction and overview of VCH strategic priorities: 0:00
  • Sounds Like Great Health Care contest results: 1:40
  • Interview with Mary Ackenhusen and Dr. David Hall: 2:25
  • Wrap up and Sounds Like Great Health Care – guess the new mystery sound: 10:10 

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Mary Ackenhusen
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As president and chief executive officer of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Mary Ackenhusen leads the largest academic and tertiary health authority in British Columbia. She is passionate about engaging staff and physicians across VCH in building new models of health care that have potential to be more cost effective and better allow all of us to be more productive, to the benefit of patients and their family members. Mary is an advocate for constructive, two-way communication and through the Up for Discussion blog, invites all members of the VCH community to share their comments, questions and new ideas. View all posts by Mary.

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2 comments on “PODCAST: Why primary care is a top priority

  • Zoe says:

    I didn’t have time to listen to this podcast but wanted to comment as I work in community so I see daily the problems with having inadequate primary care. We will never be able to decrease hospital assigns in a significant way, either through ED or otherwise, if patients cannot access timely and meaningful primary care. But I also think this is a larger provincial issue and should not be shouldered by our health authority given GPS are overseen by provincial bodies. We need GPS to work in teams with other GPS but also nursing, rehab staff etc. GPS cannot do it all, patients are too complex now-a-days.

    • Mary Ackenhusen says:

      I agree it is a big challenge. And given that GPs don’t work for VCH, it does pose some additional barriers. That said, however, the Ministery of Health is very keen to help make this happen through partnerships between the Division of GPs (funded by govt) and the health authorities. We have been have lots of great discussions and joint initiatives in all our communities with these Divisions, and I am optimistic. We see a common vision that includes multidisciplinary teams as you have noted. If we can prove that these prototypes make a tangible difference in hospital usage, we’ll spread this formula across all the GPS. Pretty exciting!

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