Stephenville/Bay St. George Area
The Bay St. George Area is known for its scenic coastline, natural beauty and ethnic diversity. The area is home to a blend of French, English, Scottish and Mi'kmaq Indian ancestries, combining to form a unique mixture of culture and tradition. According to the 2011 Census, the total population for the Bay St. George area is 18,970 and is home to two unique population groups: the Francophone population, specifically on the Port au Port Peninsula and the Aboriginal population four aboriginal member bands within the area: Flat Bay Indian Band, Indian Head First Nations Band, Port au Port Indian Band, and the St. George's Indian Band (Federation of Newfoundland Indians, 2010).
The Primary Health Care area for Bay St. George (BSG) includes 6 municipalities: Stephenville, Kippens, Lourdes, Port au Port East, St. George's, and Stephenville Crossing as well as 2 local service districts: Barachois Brook and Bay St. George South. The Town of Stephenville is the main service centre for the surrounding smaller communities. Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital is located in Stephenville and provides many of the essential health care services for the area. It is important to note that it is situated 87 km from the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook.
Health services available from Western Health in the BSG Area include:
- Western Health Psychiatry Clinic: 1 Outpatient Psychiatrist who also provides consultation to Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital on a daily basis.
- Long Term Care: Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre is a 114 bed facility in Stephenville Crossing that provides nursing, dietitian, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy services to its residents. It also has a senior's adult day program and meals on wheels service. The Emile Benoit House is also located at this site and has 20 apartments in the congregate housing and 38 cottages for senior independent living.
- Rural Medical Clinics: In addition to Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, there are 7 rural medical clinics located throughout BSG: Jeffery's Medical Clinic; St. George's Medical Clinic; Stephenville Crossing Medical Clinic; Bay St. George Medical Clinic (Stephenville); Stephenville Community Clinic; Lourdes Medical Clinic (with a Nurse Practitioner 2 days a week); and DeGrau Medical Clinic (with a Nurse Practitioner 3 days a week).
- Community Based Health Services: Located throughout the BSG Area including Mental Health and Addictions (Stephenville), Speech Language Pathology (Stephenville), Audiology (Stephenville), Community Health Nurses: Continuing Care Focus, Community Health Nurses: Public Health Focus, Community Occupational Therapist, Community Supports, Primary Health Care Wellness Facilitator.
The BSG Primary Health Care Management Team monitors and supports Primary Health Care in the Bay St. George area. A multidisciplinary Primary Health Care Team works together to maintain and improve the services and well-being of the residents of the BSG area, adhering to the Principles of Primary Health Care and incorporating these into community partnerships to build capacity in our communities.
The BSG Community Advisory Committee (CAC) works with the Primary Health Care Teams to act as community champions to provide support and assistance in planning, implementing, and evaluating Primary Health Care initiatives. The Committee was established in 2010 and is made up of members from various communities throughout the BSG area and has included representatives from education, healthcare, towns, churches, Aboriginal, as well as a representative from Western Health.
The BSG CAC utilizes a population health approach to address the needs of the population of the BSG area. The BSG CAC has supported numerous events throughout the area including an "Activity a Month" campaign in 2011where there were free activities offered to the general public throughout the year including guided walks, yoga, zumba, and T'ai Chi Chaun. They have also hosted healthy living events in schools, a day-long learning and skill building event titled "Falling into Wellness" in September 2012 and most recently, a Community Cafe in collaboration with the Community Education Network.
The BSG CAC is excited about the opportunities to improve the health of the population in the BSG area and expand its membership. For more information on how to become a member, please click here.