New clinic to help with family doctor demand

A new medical clinic in Red Deer will help with the demand and shortage of family physicians in the area.

Horizon Family Medicine is located in the southeast corner of Real Canadian Superstore as part of the multi-million dollar renovation to the building.

“Within Central Alberta, a growing percentage of the public are without a regular family physician for ongoing health care needs,” said Martin Penninga, business manager.

“Horizon Family Medicine seeks to provide visit opportunities through booked appointments and walk-in medical care. As part of the Red Deer Primary Care Network, our goal is to provide an excellent clinical patient experience and top quality healthcare services. We also believe that timely access to family physician expertise is of importance as well as developing strong relationships with our patients.”

Horizon Family Medicine is bringing three new doctors to Red Deer who will practice alongside some well-respected familiar faces.

The clinic is set to open this month.

“One of our objectives is to provide opportunities for Red Deer and area patients seeking a family doctor,” said Penninga. “Co-locating the clinic in Superstore integrates our convenient clinical services with store retail and pharmacy options.”

The new clinic will incorporate a full spectrum of family medicine including booked appointments and walk-ins. In addition to regular family practice, other important medical services will include drivers and pre-employment medicals as well as WCB medicals.

The clinic will utilize a fully integrated electronic health record system to ensure patients’ medical information is comprehensive and care is continuous.

Horizon Family Medicine partners with seven physicians; four established and three new to Red Deer. They include Dr. Nav Rattan, Dr. Raymond Comeau, Dr. Marci Wilson, Dr. Mark Darby, Dr. Kerri Johnstone, Dr. Brian Dembinski and Dr. Emily Hornby.

The new 3,100 sq. ft. family medical centre will have 12 examination rooms and related facilities.

Horizon Family Medicine will also be opening another family medical practice location in the “No Frills” grocery store in Sylvan Lake in September.

“Looking to the future, our goal is to provide excellent, comprehensive care to patients and expand our services to meet the growing patient demand in the Red Deer region,” said Penninga.

For more information visit or phone 403-342-7259.

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