L-R Robb Foote, Lakeland PCN executive director,
Dr. Makus, neurologist, Margaret Prociuk, nurse practitioner,
Brenda Rosychuk and Corrine Lotoski, Lakeland MS Society
Image credit: St. Paul Journal

PCN/Community partnership pays off

​The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada – Alberta and Northwest Territories Division recently announced Lakeland Primary Care Network (PCN) is the recipient of their Professional Care Division Award. The PCN was nominated due to the work they have undertaken and partnerships they have built with the Lakeland MS Society where together they are serving as a model for excellence in rural health care delivery. The PCN and the local MS society share office space in the St. Paul Wellness Centre. Since moving into the shared space with the PCN in the spring of 2015, the exposure for the Lakeland Region has been outstanding. It has opened up a number of opportunities for collaboration, and is an example of the integrated, multidisciplinary care that is a cornerstone of the MS Society's Way Forward initiative. The Lakeland MS Society and the PCN both sat on the province-wide MS Care Coordination Collaborative committee. In the fall of 2015, the Lakeland MS Society teamed-up with Toward Optimized Practice and the PCN to hold an MS Group Medical Visit. This effort highlights the PCN's approach to working with key partners in enhancing care, and bridging gaps in rural health care delivery. Lakeland PCN will be recognized in Edmonton as part of a formal awards ceremony at the MS Connect '17 Conference taking place September 29-30.