About Us


The Saddle Hills Primary Care Network (SHPCN) is comprised of fifteen family physicians and two long-term locums who work alongside other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive primary care services to approximately 17,000 patients within the catchment area.

The PCN has proposed two priority initiatives, based on previous successes and our dedication to further implementation of the Patient Medical Home Model. These initiatives are Primary Care Transformation & Practice Support and Patient Centered Medical Home. The elements are largely consistent with the two previous PCNs (See History below) but are now better aligned to identified Zone service plan priorities and provincial initiatives.

Service Plan Priorities: Addiction & Mental Health, transitions in care, service planning and evaluation framework.
Focus Populations: Indigenous health, frail/complex seniors, maternal/child care, Addiction & Mental Health, and chronic co-morbid.

SHPCN serves the communities of Beaverlodge, Hythe, Wembley, Sexsmith and Spirit River. Saddle Hills PCN also provides services to residents of surrounding communities and municipalities.

The PCN is also committed to continuing outreach clinics to a nearby First Nations community.

Increased mental health services are needed in the PCN catchment area, and the PCN continues to work diligently with AHS Mental Health & Addictions to close service gaps.

West Peace PCN went live on August 1st, 2007, with four family physicians.  

The Sexsmith Primary Care Network (PCN) also went live in August 2007 with three family physicians. In September 2010, three family physicians in Spirit River were approved to be a part of that PCN. The PCN was renamed to “Sexsmith/Spirit River Primary Care Network”.

The Merger: In 2017, physician members from West Peace PCN began merger talks with the neighbouring Sexsmith / Spirit River PCN. As the population needs and PCN programs developed were similar between the two PCNs, it was agreed that joining together would be advantageous. The amalgamation of the two PCNs was approved by Alberta Health, and as of April 2018, the organization was rebranded as Saddle Hills PCN.