Feature Story                                                                                                     Friday, November 8, 2013


Talking About Your Health Care

Helping with the survey could win you big prizes

Released by Katrina Bepple, Chilliwack Division of Family Practice


The GP for Me Community Health Care Survey winner Gloria Humphries accepts her prize. From left to right: Ken Becotte, Katrina Bepple, Gloria Humphries, Dr. Melanie Madill, Donna Dixson, Patricia Lundquist


he Chilliwack Division of Family Practice represents 101 doctors in Chilliwack, Agassiz-Harrison, Seabird Island, and Hope, and they are taking the initiative to improve health care in our communities before it becomes a crisis.


Together they have launched our local A GP for Me initiative, and if you are willing to lend your voice, they want to work together to improve access to health care.


A GP for Me is a provincial initiative of the BC Medical Association and the Ministry of Health. It aims to: (1) strengthen the continuous family physician-patient relationship; (2) better support the needs of vulnerable patients; (3) enable patients that want a family doctor to find one; and (4) increase the capacity, and improve the delivery, of primary care in our community.


In order to achieve this, the Division is doing A GP for Me Community Health Care survey, and they need your help. They need to hear from you, whether you have a regular Family Physician or access your health care services at a walk-in clinic or in the Emergency Room at a Hospital.

At their first community event, the REALTORCare® Community Fair put on by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board, they had close to 100 surveys completed. Showing community partnership, in collaboration with the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack and the Chilliwack Hospital and Health Care Foundation, the Division was able to offer a one-night stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack as a prize draw to everyone who completed the survey. Gloria Humphries, a Chilliwack resident and local Realtor with Homelife Glenayre Realty Chilliwack was the lucky winner. 

"The GP for Me Community Health Care survey gives me the opportunity to have my voice heard. The opportunity to win the door prize was an added bonus, but I completed this survey because I want to help shape the future of health care service delivery in my community," said Gloria Humphries when asked why she filled out the survey.

"As a local Foundation invested in the health of our community, we strive to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for EVERYONE. We recognize that access to primary health care services is an essential component to the overall health of our community," said  Donna Dixson, the Director of Community Relations, when asked why the Chilliwack Hospital and Health Care Foundation is supporting this initiative. "The Chilliwack Division of Family Practice is one of our most supportive partners, especially with the Healthy Kids Initiative and the Live 5-2-1-0 health promotion message, and when we heard about A GP for Me, we were excited to see how we could work together to make a difference in our community."

You have until December 31st, 2013, so go here to take the survey today!

Once completed you can be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes:

Grand Prize – Weekend escape to Manning Park Resorts (valued at $378)
2nd Place Prize – Gift certificate for Cheam Source for Sports (valued at $250)
3rd Place Prize – Passes to a local recreation centre (valued at $100)

It’s worth your time. Yes, there’s the opportunity to win great prizes, but most importantly to help shape the delivery of primary health care services in our communities.

For more information, visit www.chhcf.org and connect on Facebook here.


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