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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 a 15 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, respiratory therapy, and oncology services are also offered.

Specialists regularly visit the area. Referrals to physicians/specialists in other urban centres are done on an as needed basis.

Currently there are 23 family doctors, 2 orthopedic surgeons, one radiologist, two psychiatrists, one general surgeon and one internist practicing in Dawson Creek. Typically, families moving to Dawson Creek are able to quickly find a family doctor. Two walk-in clinics serve the community.

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.

New Hospital

Execution of the Design-Build Agreement for a new Dawson Creek hospital is anticipated to take place in 2022 and construction to begin shortly after. The hospital is expected to be ready for patients in 2026.

The new building will be approximately 19,400 square metres (209,000 square feet) and have 70 beds, which is an increase of 24. The emergency department will also increase in size, with treatment spaces increasing from 10 to 15. The new facility will continue to provide a range of surgical services as well as chemotherapy, ambulatory care, radiology, clinical support and pharmacy services. 

There will also be space for a laboratory and diagnostic imaging, and a perinatal unit including labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum rooms and a nursery to support new parents and families. Mental health service delivery will be brought up to modern standards with a new inpatient suite and an increase of beds from 15 to 18.

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. Veterinary clinics provide animal healthcare to livestock and pets.

Literacy

The Dawson Creek Literacy Society provides literacy training through their many programs including Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP).

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. For more information, visit dawsoncreekliteracy.ca

South Peace Health Services Society

The South Peace Health Services Society is a not-for-profit society dedicated to enhancing medical care in the Region by concentrating its efforts on doctor and nursing retention, and providing affordable accommodations for patients receiving medical treatment in Dawson Creek.

The first major project of the society is the Bulterys Community House (illustrated below). The former doctor’s office located near the Dawson Creek & District Hospital will serve to provide health professionals as well as visiting patients with an affordable place to stay while in the City. The project has received support from several local governments and First Nations, as well as funding arrangements through the Lakeview Credit Union.

Dawson Creek Society for Community Living

DCSCL provides a wide range of services to adults with developmental disabilities and seniors.  Services include staffed residential options such as staffed resources, home share and supported living; community inclusion services such as self-help skills, home support, supported employment and a learning centre called the Opportunity Centre.  They also provide assisted living services to seniors. DCSCL also owns and operates over 121 units of housing for adults with developmental disabilities, families and seniors.

For more information, call 250-782-2611 or visit dcscl.org

South Peace Community Resources Society

South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in the Peace Liard Region, providing community and residential services. The Society exists to meet the needs of children, youth and families, individuals who have experienced violence, victims of crime, adults with developmental disabilities, children with special needs, couples, people at risk of being homeless, seniors, and individuals experiencing trauma or difficulties in their life. Their program offerings include Mizpah Transition House, Reconnect Youth Program, Family Support Counselling, and Legal Advocacy.

For further information about the diversity of programs they offer throughout the region, please contact them at 250-782-9174 or visit www.spcrs.ca 

South Peace Child Development Centre

The Centre has offered early intervention services and programs to children and families in the South Peace Region since 1988.  The Centre offers Infant Development, Building Blocks and Family Education as foundational growth and developmental support for infants and young children alongside their parents or care providers. 

The centre provides Pediatric Health services; Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language therapy for children 0 – 6 years of age.  The Lifeskills and Respite programs are available for children up to 19 years, once deemed eligible by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.   Referrals to all services can be made directly by the parents or any medical or service provider.  Also offered to the public are three licensed Preschool programs as well as free public educational sessions on a variety of foundational parenting topics every third Wednesday of the month.

For more information, call 250-782-1161, or toll-free at  1-855-782-1160 or visit them online:
www.spcdc.ca or www.facebook.com/southpeacecdc

Nawican Friendship Centre

The Nawican Friendship Centre receives funding from various government agencies and foundations. Current programs include:  The Northern Corridor Aboriginal Jobs Plan, Youth Outreach, Cultural & Wellness Programs, Women’s Empowerment Workshops, Mental Health and Addictions Services as well as a community hot meals and community building events.

In addition, the Nawican Friendship Centre is a drop-in Centre open to all members of the Dawson Creek and surrounding areas.  The centre keeps an updated job board and provide public use computers and a comfortable heated space for community fellowship.  The centre offers culturally sensitive programs and services in a respectful, friendly environment to all who come through their doors. 

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 115 publicly subsidized beds. There are 111 private rooms, 24 of which are dementia care units. Each room has a bathroom for privacy. There are also 2 private rooms for respite care and 2 private rooms for community palliative needs.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.

Childcare Facilities

Growing Childcare Options

The Province of British Columbia, through its regional health authorities,  licenses child care operators of a number of types.

  • Group child care – under 3 years old
  • Group child care – 2.5 years old to school age
  • Group child care – school age (before-and-after 
  • school care)
  • School Age Care on School Grounds
  • Multi-age child care
  • In-home multi-age child care
  • Family child care
  • Preschool – 2.5 years old to school age
  • Occasional child care
  • Recreational Care

Other child care options defined by the province include Registered Licence-Not-Required Child Care, Licence-Not-Required Child Care and In-Child’s-Own-Home Care.

Dawson Creek offers a growing range of child care options available to families. A recent addition is Before and After School care at Ecole Frank Ross and at Crescent Park Elementary. 

School District 59 and YMCA partnered to give parents an early morning and late afternoon service for a seamless day of care and education at their neighbourhood school for children ages 5 through 12. 

Contact South Peace Child Care Resource & Referral office at 250-782-1138 for the complete list of the licensed child care facilities or visit childcarechoices.ca/main/North 

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.

Fire Protection Services

The Dawson Creek Fire Department (DCFD) provides fire and rescue services to the City of Dawson Creek, the Dawson Creek Airport and an 8 km rural area around the city. 

The Dawson Creek Fire Department is staffed by a Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, a Fire Prevention Officer, 16 Full-Time Firefighters, and 8-12 Auxiliary Volunteer Firefighters. 

As of January 1, 2022 the expansion areas of South Dawson, Briar Ridge, and Riley’s Crossing now receive fire protection services from the DCFD. 

DCFD currently responds to numerous incidents including fire suppression, road rescue, hazmat, confined space entry, rope rescue, and wildland fire.

The department has the following equipment:

  • 1 fire engine (pumper)
  • 1 fire engine (pumper) for rural response
  • 1 ladder truck
  • 1 tender (tanker)
  • 1 Freightliner/Hub 4×4 Rescue truck
  • 1 one-ton truck with removable water tank for grass & brush fires, with additional motor vehicle rescue capabilities
  • 2 command vehicles
  • 1 fire prevention vehicle

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 have been treated to a tour of the Fire Hall over the years.

Ambulance

The BC Ambulance Service is responsible for emergency transportation of the sick or injured. The Dawson Creek department has 15 full-time and 22 part-time paramedics and operates multiple ambulances including 1 full time ambulance, backed up by two 90 second cars during the day shift and one at night.

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 through 911 and responds to approximately 3,500 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.

Police Services

The Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment polices an area of approximately 6,000 square miles that includes Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Rolla, Groundbirch, 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, and  Business Watch.

South Peace Search and Rescue

South Peace Search and Rescue is a volunteer Search and Rescue organization, available to support Ground Search and Rescue activities throughout the Peace Region. They currently have 20 active GSAR members and 1 manager. All members receive search training, have wilderness or advanced wilderness first aid training with some members trained in more specialized disciplines. Equipment includes 2 pickups, a mobile command post, and a litter-equipped UTV.