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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 RE-Boot FPN was incorporated on October 23, 2019, and has chosen a name that represents the expansive geographic area it represents: “RE” representing the “Rural Eastern” portion of the province, “Boot” representing the Burin Peninsula, and “RE-Boot” to signify the beginning of improvements and change in family physician practice. RE-Boot will be focusing on Physician Wellness, developing offerings to improve family physician relationships across practices, specific to physician wellness activities and improving work/life balance. In addition, focusing on support for new graduates, including developing and making available supportive structures for new graduates (e.g. orientation information and processes for acute care facilities, services and contracts). Locum programming is another key priority, focusing on pool/program/networks to support related needs. Lastly, RE-Boot will be focused on RHA collaboration working with Eastern Health on solutions to reduce consultant referral wait times across priority consultant services, e.g. for Rheumatology and Neurology patients.

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Documents Disclaimer: Information posted by the FPN is only up to date at the time of posting. With changing guidelines and policy we highly recommend you continue to use Primary Source Verification whenever possible.  

Deborah Wearn

RE-Boot FPN Executive Director

Deborah started her role with the RE-Boot FPN on June 15, 2020. With over 25 years experience in the non-profit sector, she has provided leadership to numerous provincial and national initiatives in both NL and Ontario. Her extensive experience engaging various stakeholders brings a unique perspective to the FPN. Her most recent work with CNIB reinforced the importance of community collaborations as she worked with the Department of Health and Community Services, Eastern Health, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and allied health professionals to ensure the effective delivery of vision rehabilitation therapy across NL.

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RE-Boot 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 RE-Boot FPN was formed fall of 2019 and represents participating family physicians from the Burin & Bonavista Peninsulas, Clarenville & area, Conception Bay North, and Trinity North, Newfoundland.  The name represents our vision for the FPN.  RE-Boot represents Rural Eastern physicians, history of the Burin Peninsula including reference to the “boot”, and a restart, or “RE-Boot” in family practice. The reference is symbolic to the FPN and provides a mechanism to support and achieve Family practice needs and pursuit of improved patient care.

  • The RE-Boot FPN will provide family physicians with a structure and supports to address physician and practice issues in our local area.  Through area physician consultations, the FPN has identified several priorities to start with, including:

    • In collaboration with the RHA, identify effective communication & collaborative mechanisms to engage priority consultant services.
    • Implement solutions to discuss, define physician and consultant practice & referral needs, and streamline referral processes where possible.
    • In addition, identify solutions for more effective shared care with priority allied health resources.
    • In partnership with the RHA, prioritize patient access & service needs through FPN member surveys, focus groups.
    • Identify and develop other opportunities to improve family physician relationships across practices, e.g. physician wellness activities, practice management activities in partnership with FPRP.
    • Develop activities to identify/leverage common regional and local practice management needs and increase knowledge exchange through FPN developed solutions, or leveraging FPRP, other FPN solutions that match local needs.
    • Develop supportive structures for new graduates (e.g. orientation information, processes for acute care facilities, services and contracts), and expanding where applicable Resident site training experiences across rural eastern region, or local communities based on identified FPN needs.
    • Development of solutions to reduce and identify efficiencies for administrative responsibilities in practice, e.g. leveraging other practice management support programs, e.g. FPRP, or other FPNs, and incorporating FPN specific needs & solutions with FPN physician offerings.
    • 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.

  • An FPN Executive Director will be hired, dedicated to FPN Board operations, management, and implementation of all FPN priorities with FPRP support.

  • The RE-Boot FPN will work with Eastern 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. Jackie Elliott, Port Blandford (Chair)
    2. Dr. Megan Hayes, Harbour Grace (Vice-Chair)
    3. Dr. Annabeth Loveys, CBS (Treasurer)
    4. Dr. David Kwinter, Burin
    5. Dr. Chris Peddle, Carbonear
    6. Dr. Philip Holloway, Carbonear
    7. Dr. Erin FitzPatrick, Burin Bay Arm
    8. Dr. Sarah Small, Clarenville
    9. Dr. Gordon Stockwell, Clarenville
  • 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.

  • Contact any of the Board Members or by contacting Ian Hodder, Senior Program Consultant with the Family Practice Renewal Program. Ian has been working closely with the RE-Boot Board and can be reached at or (709) 726-0118 ext. 324. Alternatively, please contact any of the RE-Boot FPN Board Members.