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Long Range FPN

A Family Practice Network, or FPN, provides a mechanism through which a physician group can address common practice and patient needs, have a collective voice on issues facing family practice, and address local population health needs, in coordination with the Regional Health Authority (RHA). The FPN structure is a physician‐led, non‐profit organization. 

The Long Range FPN was formed in mid-2018 and represents participating family physicians in Western Newfoundland. The name represents our vision for the FPN, referring to the Long Range Mountains and symbolizing a long-term vision for family practice renewal.

How do I become a member?

Publications

Long Range FPN Newsletter

Long Range FPN Strategic Review

For more information, contact:

Ian Hodder

Senior Program Consultant

Ian is the Senior Program Consultant responsible for the design, development, and operations of the three program streams, as well as evaluation of all related programs & activities. As well, he is responsible for leadership and stakeholder engagement with physician groups.

Contact
tel.(709) 702-3706‬
tf.(800) 563-2003
e.ihodder@nlma.nl.ca

Long Range Family Practice Network FAQs

  • A Family Practice Network, or FPN, provides a mechanism through which a physician group can address common practice and patient needs, have a collective voice on issues facing family practice, and address local population health needs, in coordination with the Regional Health Authority (RHA). The FPN structure is a physician-led, non-profit organization.

  • The Long Range FPN was formed earlier this year and represents participating family physicians in Western Newfoundland. The name represents our vision for the FPN, referring to the Long Range Mountains and symbolizing a long-term vision for family practice renewal.

  • Through Western area physician consultations, the FPN has identified several priorities to start with, including:

    • Improving access to health services for in-need populations, including the elderly, patients with mental health issues, and patients with chronic disease;
    • More effective use & integration of eHealth and the increase of information/decision supports to optimize practice and patient management; and
    • Increased engagement with Regional Health Authority (RHA) consultants and core regional services to streamline patient consultation and referral needs.
    • Membership in FPNs is categorized into voting and non-voting.
    • Voting members will be practicing family physicians/general practitioners (GPs) who deliver the majority of their services in the geographic area (this includes locums) and who are licensed and in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL).
    • Non-voting members can be Medical Residents holding a full or educational license with the CPSNL, or a retired GP.
  • Yes, salaried family physicians can participate within the FPN, and we encourage participation to facilitate increased collaboration with your physician colleagues and other providers on common needs.

  • The Executive Director is responsible for all FPN operations and management as well as the implementation of all Long Range FPN priorities. FPRP is currently recruiting an Executive Director for Long Range FPN. In the interim, please contact Ian Hodder, FPRP Senior Program Consultant, via email at ihodder@nlma.nl.ca or by calling (709) 726-7424, ext. 324. Alternatively, please contact any of the Long Range FPN Board Members.

  • The Long Range FPN will work with Western Health to address common health care goals and gaps in our local communities, contributing to improved population health outcomes. It will also provide practice and clinical support to family physicians, which will lead to improved access for patients.

    1. Dr. Amy Pieroway, Corner Brook (Chair)
    2. Dr. Paula Cooper, Corner Brook (Vice-Chair)
    3. Dr. Dave Thomas, Channel-Port aux Basques (Treasurer)
    4. Dr. Shanda Slipp, Corner Brook
    5. Dr. Tim Griffin, Corner Brook
    6. Dr. Mark Smallwood, Corner Brook
    7. Dr. Jim Bowen, Norris Point
    8. Dr. Chris Whitten, Corner Brook
    9. Dr. Nicola Penney, Corner Brook
  • Funding is provided through an annual operational budget allocation for administrative expenses such as the hiring of an Executive Director to run the FPN, and for administrative and governance services provided by the physicians who take on a leadership role. Funding is based on membership numbers.

  • Please contact Ian Hodder, FPRP Senior Program Consultant, via email at ihodder@nlma.nl.ca or by calling (709) 726-7424, ext. 324. Alternatively, please contact any of the Long Range FPN Board Members.