What is a Primary Care Network?

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of family doctors by a geographical area. There are 40 PCNs in Alberta, 7 in the Calgary Zone. PCNs have allowed for doctors to have team-based care to support patients. They work with nurses, mental health therapists, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and others to improve and better coordinate patient access to enhanced health care. Primary health care is the first point of contact most people have with the health system. 

Primary Care Networks formed based on a tripartite agreement between Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health. For more information on PCNs visit www.albertapcns.ca

A PCN is not necessarily an actual bricks-and-mortar building, although the South Calgary PCN has the PCN Wellness Centre that your doctor may refer you to for mental health supports, workshops or group learning classes, to name a few. 

What are the goals of a PCN?

  • Accountable and Effective Governance – Establish structures and processes that support the evolution of primary health care delivery.
  • Strong Partnerships and Transitions of Care – Coordinate, integrate and partner with health services and other social services across the continuum of care.
  • Health Needs of the Community and Population – Plan service delivery on high-quality assessments of the community’s needs through community engagement.
  • Patient’s Medical Home – Implement the Patient’s Medical Home to ensure Albertans have access to the right services through the establishment of interdisciplinary teams that provide comprehensive primary care.
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