What happens on similar Gulf Islands:

To the best of our knowledge, the following is the status of the health care facilities on each of the listed Gulf Islands:

Cortes – pop’n 1000
  • Cortes Community Health Centre is owned by Cortes Community Health Association. It is on land leased to them for $1 per year by the Cortes Seniors Association who plan to build retirement units on the rest of the land. Cost was $250,000 plus $100,000 in donated labor.
  • Urgent care facility is equipped and supplied with drugs by the government to treat/evaluate/stabilize primary care patients.
  • 1 doctor 3 days per week, child and adult mental health services, public health nurse, receptionist, part time manager (1 day week).
  • Operating expenses mostly covered by rents and government.
Denman – pop’n 1200
  • Until recently, health care was provided via a private doctor’s office. However the Denman Health Centre Society have leased a residential house and renovated it into a clinic.
  • Urgent care room is equipped and supplied with drugs by the government to treat/evaluate/stabilize primary health care patients.
  • 1 full time doctor plus a 2nd doctor 1 day per week. Mental health counselor, family counselor, chiropractor, massage therapist, reception area, medical supply lending program.
  • Building rented for 5 years. 1800 sq ft was completely renovated with $30,000 donated funds plus extensive donations of labor and materials. Done in 3 months and managed gratis by a local contractor.
  • Operating expenses largely funded by rents and government.
  • A now retired doctor still provides a woman’s clinic and palliative care out of her home.
Galiano – pop’n 1100
  • Galiano Health Care Society owns and runs Galiano Health Care Centre
  • Urgent care facility is equipped and supplied with drugs by the government to treat/evaluate/stabilize primary health care patients.
  • Clinic also offers a child clinic, chiropractor, foot clinic, day a week Lab, and medical equipment loan cupboard.
  • Society raised $285,000 beginning in 1985 to buy land and build centre in 1991.
  • Operating expenses largely funded by rents and government.
Hornby – pop’n 1000
  • Hornby Island Ratepayers Association owns and Hornby/Denman Health Care Society runs a clinic.
  • Urgent care facility is equipped and supplied with drugs by government.
  • Clinic has space for 1 doctor (presently one FT equivalent shared by 2 doctors, 2-3 weeks at a time.)
  • A second building run by Hornby/Denman Health Care Society offers a mental health counselor, drug counselor, coordinator of homemakers, pt office manager, and storage for lending out medical equipment.
  • Operating expenses largely paid by rents and government.
Mayne – pop’n 900
  • Mayne Island Health Care Clinic is operated by Mayne Island Health Care Association and owned by Mayne Island Improvement District.
  • Urgent care facility is equipped and supplied with drugs by the government to treat/evaluate/stabilize primary health care clinics.
  • Clinic has 1 doctor 3 days per week, a public health nurse & a RN who communicates with doctors off island when doctors are not there.
  • Operating expenses are mostly covered by rents and government.
Pender – pop’n 1800
  • Pender Island Health Care Centre is community owned and operated by a society. Originally built in 1980 by the Lions Club who paid the cost. Government paid the other .
  • Urgent care facility is equipped and supplied with drugs by the government to treat/evaluate/stabilize primary care patients.
  • Clinic has 2 doctors, a dentist, chiropractor, massage therapist, physiotherapist, common health nurse office (3 part time nurses), coordinator of volunteer services, part time Office Manager. They are seeking a 3rd doctor.
  • Present plans are to double the size of the building and $500,000 has been raised so far from donations and grants from foundations. Cost will be $700,000 and they hope the government will come up with $200,000.
  • Operating expenses largely funded by rents and government and they are “more or less self-sufficient”.
Quadra – pop’n 4000
  • Medical clinic is a private practice.
  • No urgent care facility.
  • 2 doctors split a 5 day week. One lives on the island.
  • Ambulance takes primary health care patients by ferry or medivac to Campbell River.
Saturna – pop’n 350
  • Saturna Recreation Centre Society owns the property and the Saturna Medical Clinic is in a wing of the Community Centre. The clinic is run by Saturna Community Club Society.
  • Urgent care facility is equipped and supplied with drugs by the government to treat/evaluate/stabilize primary care patients.
  • Clinic has 1 doctor every other week, 1 retired doctor day a week, and other doctors who have homes there and will take calls when in residence.
  • Clinic was built with funds raised and labor and materials donated. Geothermal heating and advanced septic systems were part of the Recreation Centre keeping costs down to about $140,000.
  • An annual BBQ pays the operating costs.


November 26, 2006

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