Health Department

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The Health Department provides Home Care, Community Health, and Patient Travel programs and services. The Home Care and Community Health programs support vary from client-to-client dependant on individual needs. Services can include advocacy during hospital stays or medical appointments, assistance with housecleaning, medical supplies, and medical transportation. The Home Care and Community Health Nurse Supervisor will work with the client and/or family to plan care around the identified needs and assign a worker based on the individuals’ needs.

Health Centre Calendar

Contact Info:

  • Home Care
    • Phone: 250-292-1478
    • Email:
  • Community Health
    • Phone: 250-292-1478
    • Email:

    Blood Pressure Clinic Info: Click Here for More Info

  • Patient Travel
    • Phone: 250-292-1478
    • Email:
  • Mental Wellness Resources


    FOUNDRY 778-646-2292

    501 Main Street, Penticton

    For First Nations youth aged 12 – 24, 24/7 crisis line, in-person counselling by appointment.


    JAMIE HOLLOWAY, Child & Youth Mental Health Clinician

    250-293-6784 (call or text) 


    KUU-US CRISIS LINE SOCIETY  1-800-588-8717

    Youth Line: 250-723-2040

    Adult Line: 250-723-4050

    First Nations and Aboriginal specific 24/7 crisis line service BC. KUU-US Crisis Line Society works and operates on the unceded territory of Tseshaht and Hupacasath



    Answered by staff 24/7.


    YOUTH IN BC 1-866-661-3311


    For youth resources or talk with a counselor online 24/7.


    KIDS HELP PHONE 1-800-668-6868


    24/7 e-mental health service offering confidential support to young people.

    Support also available by Text at 686868




    A 24/7 phone line that offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. “On-Line” Chat Counseling Service.


    A national service for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.

     BC SUICIDE SUPPORT LINE 1-800-784-2433

    If you are in distress or are worried about someone in distress who may hurt themselves call: 1-800-784-2433   (help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

     CANADIAN VIRTUAL HOSPICE: Honouring Grief and Loss


    MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION LINE: 310-6789 (no area code needed) Answered 24/7/365

    Provides emotional support, information on appropriate referral options and support relating to mental health and wellness.


    If you require additional information, please feel free to contact the Band Office and ask to speak with one of the Health Team staff.




Meet our Community Health Assistant, Saisha Wagnitz:

“I grew up in Burnaby, BC and moved to the Similkameen at the end of 2018. Originally arriving to pursue a different career path, I was thrown into an eye-opening situation that led me to what I am doing now. Being certified with my OFA Level 3, travelling throughout BC and the Yukon for work, and living in rural communities for many years has given me a new outlook on the difficulties of rural healthcare for working families, prenatal and postnatal care, assisted living and palliative care for Elders, mental health, and so much more. As USIB’s Community Health Assistant, I want to ensure that members feel supported and heard now more than ever. My goal is to help change the way healthcare is made available to our community. “

Meet our Community Health Care Aide, Lindsay Bishop:

“I grew up in Keremeos and lived there most of my childhood and adolescent life. I then moved to Princeton and currently reside there. I took the Resident Care Aide course in 2008 and it has been an amazing 13 ½ yrs of keeping clients care needs at a paramount level. Since I was young, I always knew I wanted to work in the Healthcare field. The most rewarding thing about being a Care Aide is being able to keep the clients in their own home and help them achieve their daily goals, activities, and daily living and how to make them feel the most dignity and respect . I am not only there for them physically but also there for their mental health too and I let them know that I am there to listen and comfort them at any time always. I believe I positively impact the lives of others everyday; I give myself compassionately and empathetically so the clients can live happily and with ease. I am proud to be a Care Aide and I love what I do because I am most passionate about making a difference.”

Meet our Homemaker, June Fairweather:

“I have lived here in Hedley for about 28 years, but I am originally from Shuswap. I have been a Homemaker for USIB for approximately 4 years now and thoroughly enjoy being able to provide homemaking services to the community members and look forward to continue to provide these services for many more years.”