“The Little Health Centre That Could” has been a part of the fabric of Pender Harbour & District for more than 40 years. In that time it has grown and changed but is still there to serve the community by offering community-based health care services.
The building and land is owned by a non-profit Society and provides nursing services to the public free of charge. The Health Centre does not bill the Medical Services Plan for the care you receive from the nursing staff. Rather, some nursing services such as home care nursing, ambulatory care and drawing blood for laboratory testing, are funded by a contract between the Health Centre Society and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
The building is maintained through a bylaw grant from the SCRD. This pays for utilities, custodial services, garbage removal, general and grounds maintenance etc. The rest of our funding comes from community donations, the enormous fundraising efforts of our wonderful Auxiliary, and the rent paid by the other health care professionals who rent space in the Centre. Most visits are by appointment, including laboratory services. However, if you are in need of emergency care or require an assessment of an illness or injury, the nurses will be happy to see you and either treat you here or advise you of your options.