Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre
The Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre had its start in the 1990’s when a long-serving Renfrew County physician (who had employed nurse practitioners since the 1970’s) was preparing to retire. He and the nurse practitioner Bonny Johnson (who is now Director of Health Services at the WBCHC) looked to the North Lanark Community Health Centre as a model. In 1999, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) suggested the Whitewater Bromley community steering committee apply to the “Nurse Practitioner Initiative of the Underserviced Area Program”. Funding was awarded for a nurse practitioner in Beachburg in 2000 and a nurse practitioner for Cobden in 2002. The North Lanark Community Health Centre managed the funding for this initiative.
Since that time the WBCHC has provided a full range of primary health care and health promotion programs to serve the health care needs of the local communities of surrounding Beachburg and Cobden.
The Primary Care and Allied Health providers include three Doctors, three Nurse Practitioners, two locum Nurse Practitioners, three Registered Nurses, one Registered Practical Nurse, one Social Worker, one Health Promoter and one Respiratory Therapist.
The primary care services available at WBCHC are similar to those offered through the North Lanark CHC, but there are program and service variations based on the unique needs of the community. Whitewater Bromley’s primary health care services include Urgent Care, Lab Services, Foot Care, Lung Health, Ottawa Model Smoking Cessation, Chronic Disease Management, Advance Access and Efficiency, Country Haven Retirement Home, Opeongo High School Nurse Practitioner program, Community Paramedic Primary Care Visiting program, Diabetes Educator Program with Pembroke Regional Hospital and telemedicine for psychiatric consultations.
The Health Promotion Programs available at WBCHC include Fit Fun and Fully Alive exercise classes for older adults and seniors, Living a Healthy Life Self-Management Program for people with chronic health conditions, Change Your Mind, Weight Management and Support program, Nordic Walking, Get WITH It Indoor Walking, Alzheimer Support Group, Poverty Audit working group, Mindful Movement program and the Healthy Communities Partnership.
Please visit Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre website for more information.