Robin Thoen is the Pass Herald’s new health contributor

January 1, 2017

When it comes to health, knowledge is power and the more we know, the better we are able to take care of ourselves. It"s with this in mind that Robin Thoen, Crowsnest Medical’s Clinical Care Coordinator, will be contributing to the Pass Herald with a bi-weekly health column.
Twice a month, Thoen will write an article covering a different health topic relevant to the population, sharing “little tidbits on things that are offered in the clinic,” she says, “or things that are happening in the community that are healthy options, and also directing people to where they can find relevant and good quality health information.”
Look out for her debut article in the Pass Herald’s first 2017 issue, where she will offer motivation for New Year’s Resolutions. “The start of year is a good time to think about your health and your goals for 2017,” she says. “But I will also be focusing on the idea that making health changes can happen at any time of the year.”
Thoen has a Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University, and has worked in acute care for nine years, two of which were spent working between the Pass Hospital and the Pincher Creek Hospital. She started in the role of Clinical Care Coordinator two months ago.
The responsibilities of Clinical Care Coordinator are broad, but focus primarily on facilitating processes and offering a supportive role to the clinic. “The idea is to fill in gaps and help the clinic function in the best of its ability,” Thoen explains. Chronic disease management and quality improvement are additional important responsibilities within her scope of practice.
Thoen is working hard to make Crowsnest Medical Clinic more than simply a place to fill prescriptions and treat infectious disease. She sees the clinic playing an active role in the community and encourages the public to contact the clinic should they have any concerns or questions relating to their health. “The clinic is here to be people’s medical home and if they have a question or concern, they can come to us,” she says. “We may not have the answer right away, but we can find it for them and we can direct them to the resources and the specialist that will have the best answer or the best place to get that answer. We’re here for the community and we’re going to serve the community the best we can.”
Thoen moved to Crowsnest Pass in 2014 once her husband was hired to work in the region. “We always liked the area and always wanted to live where we play, and this was a good opportunity,” she adds.
Thoen already has a clear vision for the Clinical Care Coordinator position. “I’m excited to see where I can take it and what kind of impact it can have,” she says. “There really is this sense of community here and I think that the clinic can be a really big part of that. We have the capacity to help whole communities achieve whatever their best health is.”

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