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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.