A medical home for life
Three people share their experiences
BY JAQUELINE LOUIE
PHOTOS BY NEIL ZELLER
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) provide people with ongoing, team-basedcare that’s anchored by a family doctor and a medical home, a headquartersfor all health concerns, throughout every stage of life. Three patients explainhow their PCN has helped improve their health.
Jason Cheever lost 60 pounds withguidance and support from theCalgary West Central PrimaryCare Network.
“It was surprisingly much easierthan I thought it would be,” saysCheever, 57.
It’s good motivation
He lost the weight by following ahealthy eating plan. “I never thoughtabout calories. Eating healthier foodwas enough for me to lose all thisweight and exercising decreasedmy hunger.”It all began in 2012, when Cheever’sdoctor, Dr. Indu Khosla, diagnosedhigh blood pressure and arthritis inhis knee. She recommended usingthe PCN to help him eat healthy, bemore active and lose weight. At thetime he weighed 317 pounds.
Margot Bergevin, a PCN nurse,advised him on healthy eating,hydration and active living anddiscussed his actions and goalswith him.
“It’s good motivation,” Cheeversays. He now walks 45 minutes aday, six days a week, outdoors or ona treadmill and is aiming to weigh215 pounds. “It’s a lot easier havingsomebody helping you.”
With help from his PCN, Jason Cheever found losing weight “surprisingly much easier” than hethought it would be.