Health & Wellness

Public Health System

Residents of Vernon and the North Okanagan are in the Okanagan Health Service Delivery Area. Interior Health Authority delivers services including hospitals and health centres, health promotion and prevention, home care, residential care, mental health and other related health services.

Vernon Local Health Area

The Vernon Local Health Area (LHA) serves almost 66,000 residents with 90 general practitioners or approximately 1.4 practitioners per 1,000 people and in 2009, 84.9% of the population had a regular medical doctor. In addition, there are over 30 dentists providing a range of dental services.

City of Vernon Health Facilities

Vernon Jubliee Hospital, a 162-bed regional hospital, has 1,320 employees and provides acute and emergency care, ambulatory care, medicine and surgery, psychiatry, maternity, and pediatrics. The hospital recently saw the opening of the $180-million Polson Tower expansion and is slated to become a satellite teaching hospital for the new school of medicine offered by the University of British Columbia Okanagan. The City of Vernon has two residential care facilities: Gateby Intermediate Care Centre and Noric House. Gateby Intermediate Care Centre is a 75-bed facility providing 24-hour nursing for patients requiring complex care along with a rehabilitation/social/respite day program. Noric House is an 85-bed facility providing 24-hour nursing for patients requiring complex care.

The Downtown Primary Care Centre located in the City provides confidential health care to anyone needing assistance regardless of income, race or social situation. Medical office assistants, a nurse practitioner, part-time physicians, and a clinical coordinator/case manager staff the facility. A range of health services is provided and integrated health services (mental health, addictions, integrated care, and aboriginal health) also use the space.

Other health and wellness companies in the Vernon area include: