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Contact Person: Marilyn Butcher
Company Name: Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics
Phone Number: 705 671 1661
Website   http:// sdnpc.ca

The Nurse Practitioner Solution: Double Award for Patient Care Leaders
Sudbury, Ontario, May 7th 2009: Canada’s newest innovator in patient care, the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics (SDNPC) team, has received two awards from leading organizations. Recently honoured by the RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) at an awards ceremony in Markham, Ontario and by the YWCA in Sudbury, the home of Canada's first Nurse Practitioner-led clinic, this ground-breaking team was as surprised as any to win both of these prestigious awards. 

award.jpgThe coveted RNAO in the Workplace Award is given to an Ontario-based agency that promotes excellence in nursing practice, to the ultimate benefit of the patient. The promotion of full participation of registered nurses in shaping and delivering health services is part of the RNAO's mission. This is exactly what the SDNPC team does every day, already delivering much-needed care to over 2300 previously orphaned patients.

A Gala award ceremony, held in Sudbury May 1st, saw a standing ovation for the group, and heartfelt recognition from a community in dire need of primary care solutions. The YWCA “Group Women of Distinction Award” recognizes the significant contributions of a group of women, which has been a source of inspiration and motivation for the advancement of women.  All members of the group must have contributed in an individual way as well.  

“What pleases me most about these awards is the recognition given to the team.  Each and every member is 100% committed to providing the best possible health care for clients”, says Roberta Heale, NP and President of the Board of Directors of the SDNPC.  Marilyn Butcher, NP and along with Heale, co-founder of the SDNPC, remembers the line-up of patients waiting for care on opening day in August of 2007. Many were elderly people, crossing a busy intersection with the help of canes and walkers. “Without this team and its dedication beyond the call of duty, we could not have succeeded so well in caring for these people”, says Butcher.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have additional education and advanced decision-making skills in assessment, diagnosis and management of simple and chronic illness, such as cancer and diabetes – for patients of all ages. NPs have authority to treat many illnesses and injuries as well as to write prescriptions for medications of many types. They also order laboratory tests, x-rays and other diagnostic exams, and can refer patients to other health care professional, including specialist physicians.

SDNPCNP-led clinics provide comprehensive primary care with a team approach. Each patient is registered to the clinic and sees their NP for the majority of their health care needs. A physician, as part of the team, is available on site to collaborate on more complex care issues. Orphan patients live in fear of ending up in hospital, or even becoming an ALC statistic, by nature of the sporadic care they receive at walk-in clinics and overcrowded Emergency Departments. NP-led clinics are part of the solution to Ontario’s growing primary health care challenge.  

With wait times and ALC at the top of Health Minister Caplan’s agenda, the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics team is approved to open a second site in Lively this fall.  During a visit to the Sudbury clinic site in April of 2008, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was quoted as saying, “The future of health care is right here in Sudbury.” 

For more information about the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics and their services see http://sdnpc.ca .

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