I am sending this out as a mass community email for anyone that may be interested. For the past year, the Wabamun Physician and Health Care Professionals Recruitment and Retention Committee (WPHCPRRC) has been working hard to recruit a physician or health care professional for the Wabamun Medical Clinic. We are very close to having this become a reality with one hurdle left to accomplish -- obtaining funds primarily for the salary of a Medical Office Assistant (MOA) or Receptionist.
The Clinic has been operational for many decades, however it has now been closed for about 4 1/2 years after the sudden passing of the physician practicing there, and also due to the dissolution of the Physician Management Group that subsequently worked there on a part-time basis.
WPHCPRRC was recently approved to have a Nurse Practitioner work 4 days per week. A NP has similar skills as a physician and can independently provide all necessary health services for a Family Medical Clinic.
The existing building, associated overhead expenses, technology costs, and salary for the NP have been agreed to be assumed by the Wabamun Village and the Westview Primary Care Network in Spruce Grove.
The Wabamun and Area Medical Society (WAMS) was recently formed as the fund-raising arm of WPHCPRRC and has an initial short-term goal of $10,000 to hire a MOA to allow the Clinic doors to open and start operating. We have recently sent out 1700 letters to residents, non-profit groups, and Community Halls in Wabamun and the surrounding area, and we are pursuing grant applications and other fund-raising avenues for long-term health service delivery.
As one of our fund-raisers, the Wabamun All Seasons Bottle Depot (5117-52 St.) has agreed to collect any donated bottle return refunds for WAMS account during December and January. A Wabamun Village Bottle Drive will also be held January 4 from 10-4 (poster attached).
We hope that you will donate your bottle returns to WAMS and towards the reopening of the Wabamun Medical Clinic. We believe that health care is an important service for a community, and Wabamun is fortunate to have this opportunity with the support of the stakeholder commitments.
WAMS extends gratitude for your generosity and support in contributing towards this valuable service for the residents of Wabamun and surrounding area.
There is also office space for lease (10ft x 11ft) in the Clinic Building. Proceeds from the lease would be used towards the salary of the MOA. Contact the Wabamun Village at 780-892-2699 for more information.
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