Local Nurse Practitioner Hired for Eastend and Shaunavon

The Cypress Health Region’s Primary Health Care (PHC) program is pleased to welcome Chet McCuaig into its Nurse Practitioner team. McCuaig will be working as a full time Nurse Practitioner sharing time in the communities of Shaunavon and Eastend.

“We are very excited to welcome Chet back into our Cypress Health team. Chet is a well-known face in and around the southwest as well as to our existing PHC team. He comes with an impressive reputation behind his work and we’re looking forward to our patients benefitting from his arrival,” commented Peggi Holmes, Manager of Primary Health Care services for the Cypress Health Region.

McCuaig graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2007 and worked for the Cypress Health Region in various roles from January 2008 to December 2012. He completed his Nurse Practitioner (NP) training in 2012 following a preceptorship in Maple Creek where he worked under the guidance of fellow NP Dawn Kalinowski. He was then hired as a NP in Nipawin where he has worked since 2012.

“It’s very exciting to be back in the Cypress Health Region and to be able to provide a much needed service to the communities of Eastend and Shaunavon. The Wolf Willow Health Centre in Eastend has a reputation for providing excellent care to its residents and community members and I intend to uphold that reputation wholeheartedly. I’m really looking forward to working with Dr. Wasko and all of the staff and clients in these communities. It’s truly great to be home,” said McCuaig.

He is expected to begin his employment with the region in mid to late September though exact dates are still being determined.

Nurse Practitioners (NP) are registered nurses with enhanced knowledge and skills gained through additional education and clinical practice. As a member of the PHC team, the NP can complete physical exams, diagnose and treat minor and uncomplicated health issues and chronic health conditions, conduct routine physicals, prescribe some medications, order some laboratory tests and x-rays, make referrals to other health providers, assist patients in developing a personal plan to improve one’s health, and is involved with education and health programming in the community.

To schedule a medical appointment with a nurse practitioner or physician at any of the region’s primary health care clinics please call ahead to secure a date and time. In the great majority of cases, an appointment can usually be secured on the same or next clinic day with one of the clinic’s health providers. Patients are reminded to schedule appointments for non-urgent medical needs as doing so alleviates unnecessary emergency room wait times for those facing true medical emergencies.