FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Fort Nelson physician group has taken the next step in realizing the vision of creating locally innovative, accessible and sustainable health services for the Northern Rockies Region by joining the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice.

The announcement was made on Tuesday morning.

One of 35 divisions across B.C., the Rural and Remote Division works with physicians, health authorities and stakeholders to support patient care.

The division supports over 140 physicians and nurse practitioners in 13 different chapters covering the province.

The Rural and Remote Division’s mission is to support and enable rural communities to enhance rural health, rural work and rural living in their communities.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with the physicians in Fort Nelson as part of our Division. Rural communities are stronger together and we look forward to sharing what we have learned in our other communities and hearing about local solutions developed in Fort Nelson,” said Division Co-chair and Gabriola Island family physician, Dr. Tracey Thorne.

Led by Dr. Marius Mostert, the Fort Nelson physicians have been working on numerous initiatives in the Doctors of BC’s growth and sustainability portfolio.

“The opportunity to engage and work with other rural and remote locations across the province supports us in furthering our strategic priority of creating meaningful collaboration with strategic partnerships that influence improved access to and sustainability of rurally relevant primary care in our community,” said Dr. Mostert.

According to a release, physicians will familiarize themselves with the resources available to them and create a plan to consult community members on the most important issues in primary care for Fort Nelson residents.