MSPEI Holiday Reception going ahead tonight - December 23, 2013
Mother Nature has been less than cooperative this holiday season! However, with no opportunity to postpone again given the proximity to Christmas, the Holiday Reception will go ahead this evening at the Medical Society Office, 7-9pm.
For those who feel confident in braving the elements, please drive with extreme care and take all necessary precautions to arrive safely!
If we miss extending wishes this evening, on behalf of the staff at the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season and good health in 2014.
Something remarkable happened in Charlottetown on Friday, Dec. 13.
Published in The Journal Pioneer, December 20, 2013
At the Primary Health Care Summit, hosted by the Medical Society of P.E.I. and the College of Family Physicians of P.E.I., approximately half of our Island’s family physicians brainstormed the issues around access to our health system. It wasn’t remarkable that access was the topic of conversation, but rather that we were able to move from talk to a commitment and blueprint for action to do better for Islanders:
“We the family physicians of P.E.I. are committed to ensuring every Islander has a family physician with appropriate and timely access to care through optimized collaborative primary health-care teams.”
At first this draft statement might seem obvious but the power comes from the process, as much as the words.
The Primary Care Summit started as an idea that seemed timely given all the challenges and changes in health-care delivery. It was time to focus on primary care and start looking at creative ways to support this critical foundation of our system.
The Medical Society and College wanted an inclusive approach and recognized the value of including a variety of perspectives. Key to our success was the participation of nurse practitioners and Health P.E.I. leaders who we are indebted to for their professionalism and generous contributions.
Although still in draft, the statement above is an overarching strategy which, when deconstructed, speaks volumes to what physicians are invested in doing for Islanders and the P.E.I. health system.
For instance, “…are committed to ensuring” – means we accept the responsibility to play a lead role in fixing access issues.
“… every Islander has a family physician” – we will work with government to determine how we are going to achieve this goal.
“…appropriate and timely access” – we need to engage Islanders in a robust discussion on what is meant by quality and evidence-based care that is effective. In return, we have to deliver in a timely fashion.
“… optimized primary health-care teams” – this may be the most rewarding component in that we recognize modern day health care is proven to be most effective when delivered by a team including nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, dieticians, physical and occupational therapists and many others. The key word here is optimized. Your family physician is committed to leading the work to build a team that works best for the unique needs of your community.
The Summit produced a number of recommendations that are being fine-tuned and will be available for discussion shortly. I recognize this message is thin on the “how” of our goals. Stay tuned!
The Summit was an important first step in building a strong foundation from which to translate words into actions that make a positive difference for patients, residents and taxpayers of P.E.I.
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