The Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre (PCFHC) is growing, to serve the medical needs of our town and area’s 20,000 people.
Building the PCFHC: A Community in Action
In 2004, two of Petawawa’s three family doctors stopped practicing in the area. That left one doctor at the limit of his patient load to meet our medical needs.
Concerned citizens stepped forward from the town and Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. A Community Health Committee formed. Plans for the PCFHC, a not-for-profit, were soon in place.
During the winter and spring, people made donations. In July 2005 the PCHFC opened its doors. By November 2006, it had provided care for more than 3,700 people during more than 6,200 patient visits.
The PCFHC mainly provides treatment and health education. As it grows, it will add illness prevention and health promotion programs.
The PCFHC’s Family Health Team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, a dietitian, a pharmacist and a health educator. We are actively recruiting for additional doctors.
The PCFHC is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.