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General Information

Canadians and British Columbians are fortunate to enjoy a universal Medical Services Plan.

The North Okanagan Health Region provides acute, residential and community-based health services to the entire population of the North Okanagan, Shuswap and Columbia regions of British Columbia.

The Interior Health Authority has four Health Service Areas within the region – Okanagan, Thompson Cariboo Shuswap, Kootenay Boundary and East Kootenay. The health authority’s mission is to "Promote healthy lifestyles and provide needed health services in a timely, caring and efficient manner, to the highest professional and quality standards."

Over 100 doctors including several optometrists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and massage therapists work in the region. There are several clinics in most areas as well as specialist offices for eye surgery, spine and sports physical therapy, and cardiologists. There are over 50 dentists and dental specialists in the North Okanagan. In addition to regular medical services, the region has a number of alternative medicine offices, including reflexology, healing energy and aura work, and Vernon has acupuncture,reflexology and naturopathic doctors.

Major health facilities for the North Okanagan can be found at Health Link BC.

North Okanagan Health Unit has offices located in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

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There is one hospital in the North Okanagan Region:

  • Vernon Jubilee Hospital
    This facility offers a wide array of medical and heath services such as emergency, diabetic day care, intensive care, maternity and pediatrics, a cancer clinic, psychiatric care, respiratory therapy and surgical services. This hospital is the major health facility within the region with a total of 159 beds, 183 extended-care and special extended-care beds. Any medical situation that can not be handled at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital will be transported to the Kelowna General Hospital.

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Long Term Care/Intermediate Care


  • Good Samaritan Canada Heron Glen
  • Heritage Square
  • Noric House
  • The Gateby


  • Parkview Place
  • Schaffer Residence at Oakside

Salmon Arm

  • Arbor House
  • Hillside Village

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Other Health Resources

Hospice House

The Society was incorporated in 1984 as a charitable organization with the purpose of supporting those with a palliative diagnosis, their loved ones and the bereaved. Initially formed as a small volunteer organization with a visiting program, the Society is currently recognized as a leader in the development and delivery of comprehensive hospice palliative care services. The Hospice House has recently been expanded and is now a 12 bed facility.

Programs and services are offered to residents of the North Okanagan. Referrals for counselling services, volunteer support or admission to Hospice House may be made through Community Care Nursing, physicians, self, family or friends.


Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan:

The region also has a Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan. This organization facilitates and coordinates community planning and development by encouraging communication and cooperation among social, educational and health services in the North Okanagan. The Council provides an information and referral service, social research and consultation services, a volunteer bureau and a seniors information and resource bureau. The Council also produces the "Can We Help You?" Guide.

The "Can We Help You?" directory is a guide to the community services available in the North Okanagan. This directory provides an alphabetical listing of all of the organizations within the region that provide community services including health services, counseling, culture and recreation as well as information about housing, education and government agencies. The "Can We Help You?" Community Directory can be purchased from the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan> or found online.

For more information, contact:
Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan
3205 31st Ave
Vernon, BC V1T 2H2
Telephone: (250) 545-8572
Fax: (250) 545-0091

The People Place:
This community facility serves the needs of people of all ages and from all walks of life in the North Okanagan. This facility houses 18 non-profit service groups and acts as a central location for information, service and assistance.

For more information, contact:
The People Place
3402 - 27th Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 1S1
Telephone: (250) 558-6585
Fax: (250) 558-1514

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The Region has specialized resources for the mentally challenged.

Kindale Development Association

This organization provides services for people with special needs through both residential and day programs. The day program accommodates approximately 10 clients from Armstrong, Enderby and Vernon. The Association also offers pre-vocational and counseling programs, semi-independent training, behavioural management and a communication program.

Vernon and District Association for Community Living:

Vernon and District Association for Community Living operates the programs for persons with intellectual disabilities: Venture Woodworking, All Occasions by Venture - a retail wedding shop, Recycle Cycle - a bicycle repair and retail shop, a day activity centre, and life skills training programs.

North Okanagan Community Life Society :

This organization operates three homes, three semi-independent apartments and a Day Centre for mentally and physically challenged individuals. It provides a Development Centre to assist each individual in learning the skills of daily living. The mentally challenged are encouraged to take part in community activities with community access being a major objective of this organization.

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