Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre Offers Mindfulness Program
This article provides information on one of the primary care positions at the community health centre, the Nurse Practitioner, and on an innovative community program being offered by Nurse Practitioner Heidi Krebsz.
Community Health Centres are non-profit, community-governed organizations that provide primary health care, health promotion and community development services using multi-disciplinary teams of health care providers who are paid by salary rather than through a fee-for-service system.
Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre (RVCHC) has been providing care to clients since 2004. While originally established to serve the local population of Killaloe and surrounding area, it has grown from one physician, nurse and social worker, to a robust healthcare team with close to 700 rostered clients from multiple municipalities.
At RVCHC, our team is comprised of Physicians, Nurses, Social Worker, Respiratory Therapist, Administration, Clerical support and Nurse Practitioners.
A Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has completed additional specialized training in primary health care. Nurse practitioners work independently and do not require supervision from a physician. However, the team approach of CHCs allows for easy consultation between practitioners when issues arise that are outside of scope of practice or area of expertise. Nurse Practitioners care for patients with many chronic medical conditions as well as providing preventative, maternal-child health care and treatment of acute, episodic illness. NPs can prescribe medications, order lab and other diagnostic testing (with some limitations). Our Nurse Practitioners have their own client practices and provide education and health promotion community services.
A new service RVCHC will be offering beginning in September is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. During this 8 week program (facilitated by Nurse Practitioner Heidi Krebsz) participants will learn many different mindfulness based practices that can help reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, improve focus and concentration, and help you feel more at ease and content, and approach life’s challenges from a different perspective. This program may be beneficial for those experiencing stress related to work, family, chronic health conditions, chronic pain, mental health issues etc. and can assist with the development of positive coping strategies.
The program is open to everyone. A 1 hr information session is required before registering for the program. If you are interested in finding out more about these sessions, or any of our programs or services, contact us at 613-757-0004.