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Dawson Creek & District Hospital

Originally operated as St. Joseph’s Hospital by the Sisters of Providence, the Dawson Creek and District Hospital has evolved into a community hospital.

There are 31 acute care beds (15 medical, 10 surgical, 3 higher level of care, and 3 obstetric) as well as a15 bed regional psychiatric ward.

The facility houses a full diagnostic and treatment centre for local and regional services. There is a complete range of in-patient services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, psychiatry and rehabilitative medicine.

Also available is a wide range of out-patient services, including day surgery, 24/7 emergency room, x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan and laboratory services. Physiotherapy, occupational and respiratory therapy services are also offered.

Specialists such as audiologists, dermatologists, dental surgeons, urologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, prosthodonists,  rheumatologists, and paediatricians regularly visit the area. Referrals to physicians/specialists in other urban centres are done on an as needed basis.

Currently there are15 family doctors, 2 orthopedic surgeons, one radiologist, two psychiatrists, one general surgeon and one internist practicing in Dawson Creek.

The Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation focuses on fundraising for capital equipment purchases.  Volunteer opportunities abound in this non-profit, charitable organization. Through many different activities, the Foundation has been able to donate several pieces of equipment not otherwise available.

The Women’s Hospital Auxiliary operate the hospital gift shop and focus on patient comfort and care.

Dawson Creek Health Unit

The Peace River Health Unit is located in Dawson Creek. Public health services include:

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Infant hearing testing
  • Dental
  • Nutrition
  • Licensing
  • Long Term Care
  • Home Nursing Care
  • Rehabilitation in Occupational therapy
  • Home Support
  • Health Service for Community Living
  • Community Geriatric Services
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Tobacco Reduction/Enforcement

The Peace River Health Unit is responsible for licensing child care facilities.

Other Health Professionals

Dawson Creek has professionals in the fields of private physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic operating in the city.

For dental care there are several professionals offering dentistry, orthodontic and denture services.

Several pharmacies are found throughout the city.

Animal healthcare is provided by several veterinary clinics and professionals in and around Dawson Creek.

Literacy

The Dawson Creek Literacy Society provides literacy training through the following programs:

Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP)

  • Basic upgrading in reading, writing and math
  • GED prep
  • College prep
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Small group instruction
  • Drop In service for those that need assistance with all types of government forms and applications
  • Learner advocacy and support

English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP)

  • English language classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • English Café – a social network for newcomers
  • Settlement Assistance Services
  • Citizenship classes

The Chiron Learning Centre provides a friendly non-threatening environment for learning basic reading, writing, math, science, social studies and computer skills.

Through the Career and College Preparation (formerly Adult Basic Education) program, students may achieve a BC Adult Graduation Diploma and other literacy advancements at Northern Lights College.

Nawican Friendship Centre

The Nawican Friendship Centre provides alcohol & drug counselling as well as a soup kitchen.

Other programs include Baby’s Best Chance, Bible Study and Culture Study.

Youth drop-in, youth reading assistance and youth homework sessions are also available.

The Nawican also hosts crafts and social gatherings for youth, women and elders.

South Peace Community Resources Society

SPCRS operates the Mizpah Transition House and the Reconnect program. Other programs offer supports and services for independent living for handicapped adults, family counselling and counselling for children and youth.

Society for Community Living

The Society operates apartments and group homes for developmentally disabled individuals. Care for these clients is 24/7 and includes a wide range of services including life skills and job skills.

Childcare Facilities

Registered License Not Required Family Child Care is offered in the caregiver’s own home and serves children from birth to age 12 with a maximum of 2 children or a sibling group other than the care provider’s own children. They are registered with the South Peace Child Care Resource & Referral.

Dawson Creek has 1 Registered License Not Required Family Child Care operators.

Licensed Family Child Care is offered in the caregiver’s own home and serves children from birth to age 12 with a maximum of 7 children, including their own.

Dawson Creek has 13 licensed Family Daycares.

Preschool

Early Childhood Educators provide part time care (maximum of 4 hours a day) for groups of children ages 30 months to school aged. A group can have up to 20 children, with at least one educator and one assistant.

  • South Peace Child Development Centre
  • Monkey See Monkey Do Preschool
  • Mother Goose Preschool
  • Miss Patti’s Preschool

Group Daycare

Group daycare is offered in public facilities with trained Early Childhood Educators providing care for groups up to 25 children, aged 30 months to school age. There must be at least 1 educator for every 8 children.

  • Campus Kids Daycare
  • Kiwanis Child Care Centre.
  • Building Blocks Daycare (South Peace Child Development Centre)

Out of School Care

Out of School Care is provided for up to 24 school aged children before and/or after school and on school holidays. There must be at least one trained responsible adult for every 12 children.

  • Canalta Out of School Care and Morning Care
  • Tremblay Out of School Care
  • Notre Dame After School Care Program
  • Youth Care Centre (School Holidays Care)
  • Kiwanis Child Care Centre
  • Dick and Jane’s Playhouse (located in Ron Pettigrew Christian School)

For a complete list of the licensed child care facilities in Dawson Creek please contact the South Peace Child Care Resource & Referral office at 250-782-1138 or prococcrrsp@spcrs.ca

South Peace Child Development Centre

The Child Development Centre offers programs for children from infant to 19 years of age with disabilities or developmental delays. This includes the Bagne therapy pool for exercise and fun. Lessons are also available for children of the community.

The Lions Society of B.C. and other funding partners support the Child Development Centre in Dawson Creek. This facility offers programs in physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, infant development, preschool, daycare and family support services. The Centre offers programs designed to identify and develop the abilities of each individual child, giving them a sense of confidence and self-worth.

Since 1988, the Dawson Creek Child Development Centre has been offering therapy to families living between the Alberta border and Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge.

Geriatric Services

There are different levels of care available in and around Dawson Creek. Housing, care, and services are provided by Rotary Manor, the Southview Housing Society, and the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living.

Rotary Manor is comprised of 111 complex care beds,  2 Respite beds, and 2 Community Palliative Rooms.  It also provides day care services for seniors in the community.

The Southview Housing Society operates Southview Apartments (31 seniors units) and 26 assisted living units at Northview (service provided by Dawson Creek Society for Community Living).

Dawson Creek Society for Community Living operates Rotary Village with 31 units of independent living for seniors. They also operate Aurora Housing which is a 3-part project providing independent living units for low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income families. Dawson Creek Society for Community Living also operates two group homes with a total of ten beds. In total Dawson Creek Society for Community Living in conjunction with Southview Housing Society serves 140 people in 130 units of housing in Dawson Creek, and employs around 120 people.

Fire Protection Services

The Dawson Creek Fire Department provides fire and rescue services to the City of Dawson Creek, the Dawson Creek Airport and a 8 km rural area around the city. The department is a full-time fire service comprised of a Chief, Deputy Chief, a Fire Prevention Officer, 16 firefighters and one dispatcher. There are also 12 auxiliary volunteer firefighters.

The department has the following equipment:

  • 1 ladder truck
  • 1 pumper truck
  • 1 pumper truck for Rural areas
  • 1 tender (tanker)
  • 1 aircraft crash/rescue truck
  • 1 rescue truck
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 1 1ton truck with water tank for grass & brush fires

The Department also conducts fire code inspection services and public education programs, including Fire Prevention education, Learn Not to Burn and Juvenile Fire Setters. Many children of the community have been treated to a tour of the fire hall over the years.

The Dawson Creek Fire Department is also the dispatch centre for the six volunteer fire departments in the rural areas. These serve Tomslake, Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Moberly Lake and Arras.

Police Services

The Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment polices an area of approximately 6,000 square miles that includes Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Rolla, Arras, Farmington and Kelly Lake. The members of the Dawson Creek Detachment are committed to making Dawson Creek a safe community. RCMP Members are also involved in the community through many programs such as:

  • D.A.R.E.
  • Community Policing
  • Rural Crime Watch
  • Citizens on Patrol
  • Speed Watch
  • Crimestoppers
  • Business Watch

Victim Services

Dawson Creek Victim Services provides victims of crime with information, practical assistance and emotional support. They provide support at the hospital, with police and in court. Referrals to other services are made when appropriate. Critical incident stress debriefing is also provided. Victim’s assistance workers also accompany police to assist with death and accident notification, including sudden death calls.

Ambulance

The BC Ambulance Service is responsible for emergency transportation of the sick or injured. The Dawson Creek department has 34 paramedics (4 full-time and 30 part-time) and operates multiple ambulances including a 1 full time ambulance, a 90 second car, and access to a 3rd car when necessary. A 90 second car is ready 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and dispatched within 90 seconds of receiving an emergency call. 

The response area from Dawson Creek includes all of the Peace Region and those areas of Alberta close to the border, including Bay Tree, Bonanza and Gundy. The ambulance service in Dawson Creek is dispatched from Kamloops through 911 and responds to approximately 3000 calls annually. Dawson Creek is the regional training centre for paramedics in the Peace District, with other regional training occurring in various locations as warranted. All paramedics have an Emergency Medical Responder certificate or Primary Care Paramedic designation.