Frequently Asked Questions

What is Primary Care?

Primary care is all the services you receive for your basic, everyday health needs. It is your entry point into the healthcare system. Every single Albertan needs primary care. It could be

  • a visit to your family doctor
  • a call to Health Link
  • an appointment with a therapist

In Alberta, primary care services are provided by family doctors, primary care networks (PCNs), and Alberta Health Services (AHS). Primary care includes the initial care, treatment and follow-up of various conditions, as well as referrals to the rest of the health system when needed.

Primary care also encompasses the promotion of wellness, and the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

Which health professionals belong to our Primary Care Network?

Our Primary Care Network (PCN) has a variety of health professionals to ensure we have all your family’s general healthcare needs covered. Our clinicians include:

  • Family Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Exercise Specialists
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Mental Health Navigators & Behavioural Health Consultants
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) 
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  • Dietitians

Why is primary care important?

Primary care is the foundation to building healthier Alberta communities and a strong, sustainable healthcare system. It gives you and your family a home in the healthcare system, supported by a team who know and understand your unique needs.

What we do?

SPPCN is the network hub for supporting the primary health of our geographic area. In our system, family doctors are the driving force of a multidisciplinary team.

We strive to ensure every Albertan has access to:

For our physician members, healthcare professionals, and our clinics:

Areas we serve

The Sherwood Park - Strathcona County PCN serves the areas of Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont, Redwater, Gibbons, Bon Accord, parts of Edmonton, and surrounding communities.

We currently serve over 130,000 patients and support over 120 primary care doctors and their clinics.

History of our Primary Care Network

The Sherwood Park - Strathcona County Primary Care Network (SPPCN) was established in 2007 under Legal Model #1 as a joint venture between the Sherwood Park Family Physicians Not-for-Profit Corporation (NPC) and Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Our Geographic Service Area expanded in 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Sherwood Park - Strathcona County PCN (SPPCN) expanded its geographic reach to include areas previously served by Alberta Heartland Primary Care Network (AHPCN), including Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont, Redwater, Gibbons, Bon Accord and surrounding area, and SPPCN now covers a population of more than 130,000 patients.

What do we do?

Sherwood Park - Strathcona County PCN is a non-profit health care organization created by the family physicians of Sherwood Park and Alberta Health Services (AHS) to improve the quality of primary care in our community.  In partnership with AHS, the PCN’s goal is to help family doctors and their clinics provide timely and effective care for patients. Working in a PCN is a great way to help your community. 

Learn more about our PCN

Who are we looking for?

Our PCN continues to search for qualified, enthusiastic clinical and administrative staff to help our family doctors and clinics succeed.  If you have a dynamic personality, are eager to help patients, and interested in working in a health-focused, fun-filled environment, give us a call. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Sherwood Park – Strathcona County Primary Care Network is an equal employment opportunity employer. 

Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other factor protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act. We are committed to affirmative actions that will build on the strengths of our current workforce and continually enhance the diversity of our organization.

Recruitment and Selection

All employment opportunities at Sherwood Park - Strathcona County Primary Care Network are posted for a minimum 5 working day period.

How we process applications

Applicants are invited to submit their application, along with a current résumé, demonstrating that they meet the minimum criteria for the position being sought.  

At the closing date of the posting, all applications are screened, and candidates selected for an interview are contacted. 

For non-management positions, interviews are attended by a minimum of two SPPCN employees, one of which is a manager. For management positions, SPPCN may opt for a physician to be present.