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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 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.

Long Range FPN Executive Director – Gary Kelly

Gary Kelly officially began his role as Executive Director for the Long Range FPN on October 15, 2018. Gary has more than 20 years’ experience working with physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada and internationally, during which he developed a deep understanding of the complexities of primary health care and the unique challenges facing family physicians today. He has directed and managed comprehensive healthcare programs with the primary goals of helping physicians improve access to services and improving communication with specialists and patients. Physicians in the Long Range FPN area (western Newfoundland) can reach Gary at (709) 660-0100 or gary@longrangefpn.com.

How do I become a member?

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.

  • Gary Kelly is the Executive Director of the Long Range FPN. He is responsible for all FPN operations and management as well as the implementation of all Long Range FPN priorities. Please contact Gary via email at Gary@LongRangeFPN.com or by calling/texting (709) 660-0100. 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.

  • Dr. Shanda Slipp (chair)
    Dr. Paula Cooper (vice-chair)
    Dr. Dave Thomas (treasurer)
    Dr. Tim Griffin
    Dr. Julie Warren
    Dr. Mark Smallwood
    Dr. Jim Bowen 
    Dr. Wendy Graham

  • Funding is provided through an annual operational budget allocation for administrative expenses such as the hiring of a Manager 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 Gary Kelly, Long Range FPN Executive Director, via email at Gary@LongRangeFPN.com or by calling/texting (709) 660-0100. Alternatively, please contact any of the Long Range FPN Board Members.