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New management for maternity care

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Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network has announced the transition of management of low-risk maternity care to the Riley Park Maternity Clinic’s physicians.

That means the doctors are going to run and oversee the clinic’s daily operations, like many family doctor practices around Alberta.

“We believe this new model of a physician managed clinic — along with team-based care support from the PCN — will be the best path forward for everyone,” says PCN executive director Jake Jennings. “Other PCNs in Calgary have made the same change and the results have been successful.”

Minimal impact to patients

Much of the change will be behind the scenes and patient care will not be affected. Patients can continue to see the doctors and nurses at the Riley Park Maternity Clinic and deliver at the Foothills Medical Centre.

“Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible for staff, physicians and patients,” adds Jennings.

The PCN is committed to keeping patients up to date on any changes that impact them. The transition is expected to be complete in a year — May 2025.

Strong future of team-based care

A primary function of the PCN is to provide integrated team-based care — health professionals who support family physicians to care for Albertans. This transition will see the PCN continue to support low-risk maternity care with health team members such as nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and mental health counsellors.

This transition also aligns with the principles outlined in the provinces’ Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System initiative:

  • access to team-based care
  • integration between primary health care and community care
  • a foundation of a coordinated and accountable primary health care system

Albertans can access free support from the PCN health professionals. A variety of free health workshops are also available.