Cortes Community Health Association
The Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) is a Charitable organization
that is governed by a Board of volunteer Directors elected by the membership.
The CCHA owns and operates the Cortes Health Centre as well as providing a
variety of community programs
Submitted – The Cortes Community Health Association was incorporated in 1993, with the long term goal of providing consistent medical coverage to the residents of Cortes Island. Operating as a not-for-profit organization, it is run by a volunteer board of directors made up of local community members. In 2005, after extensive fundraising, the Cortes community came together to open the Cortes Community health Centre, a medical Centre designed and built entirely through local efforts. The Health Centre building was designed to house a physician, laboratory, dispensing pharmacy, two examination rooms, and a treatment room for office procedures and emergency use. The Centre is also used on a regular basis by provincial mental health and public health services offered through the Vancouver Island Health Authority. With a brand new building, Cortes was able to attract a full time doctor, as well as two VIHA nurses. The centre is currently being operated by a Physicians group, 5 doctors who work together to ensure full time medical coverage is available to the community throughout the year. An additional 8 staff members provide support as MOAs, cleaning staff and administrators.
New Group Practice
The CCHA is pleased to announce that Cortes now has one of the first Joint Practice Groups for rural areas in BC. Under this new arrangement, a group of doctors jointly sign an annual contract to deliver General Practice health services at our clinic.
The CCHA funds and operates a wide variety of community programs. Programs for Youth and Families can be found on the Cortes Family Website cortesfamily.ca