Bella Bella shoreline

Adventure awaits you in this friendly island community. Home of the salmon, the whale and the bald eagle, Bella Bella is an island community on the beautiful B.C. “Inside Passage,” set in the rain forest at the edge of the ocean. The climate is mild and the area is a paradise for kayaking, sport fishing, hiking and photography.

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Health care team in Bella Bella

Located off the Central Coast of British Columbia, 690 km north of Vancouver, Bella Bella is surrounded by a magical world of channels, inlets and old-growth forest. It is home to salmon, orcas, humpbacks, bald eagles and the other denizens of the Pacific Northwest.

Life in Bella Bella is defined by its physical geography and population of about 1500 people. Bella Bella is home to the proud and progressive First Nation community of the Heiltsuk Nation.

Here you will discover the challenges and rewards a remote location adds to the practice of health care. This is the place to be if you enjoy professional challenges, multidisciplinary rural health care, aboriginal culture and the outdoors!

ƛúxválásu’ailas Heiltsuk Hospital (previously R.W. Large Memorial Hospital)

The ƛúxválásu’ailas Heiltsuk Hospital in Bella Bella has seven acute beds, seven long-term care beds and a four-bed Emergency Department open 24/7, along with Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services. It offers telehealth services as well as specialty clinics. ƛúxválásu’ailas Heiltsuk Hospital also has an Intensive Case Management team for mental health and substance use. There is a medical clinic and a pharmacy located in the hospital.

The healthcare team at ƛúxválásu’ailas Heiltsuk Hospital includes Physicians, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Personal Care Assistants, Laboratory and Radiology Technologists, Combined Lab/X-Ray Technologists, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistants, and Support Services Personnel.

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Relocation assistance available

We can help you get here! For select positions, new employees may be eligible for financial relocation assistance of up to $5,000 reimbursement for eligible expenses. Please inquire with your application or contact us for more information.

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Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Provincial (British Columbia)

If you qualify for the B.C. Loan Forgiveness Program, the Province of British Columbia, will forgive the outstanding B.C. portion of your Canada-B.C. integrated student loan debt at a rate of up to a maximum of 20% per year for up to five years. If you complete five years of employment, all or a percentage of your B.C. student loan debt will be forgiven. While you are in the loan forgiveness program, the Province will also pay any outstanding interest that accumulates during each year you are registered in the program.

Federal (Canada)

The Government of Canada offers Canada Student Loan Forgiveness to eligible family doctors, residents in family medicine, nurse practitioners, and nurses who work in under-served rural or remote communities that lack the primary health care they need. This change will help more Canadians get the health care they deserve.

Loan forgiveness can only be applied to outstanding Canada Student Loan balances. Canada Student Loans converted to a line of credit, private loan, or an Ontario Medical Resident Loan are not eligible for loan forgiveness.

Canada Student Loan forgiveness applies only to the federal portion of a student loan. It does not apply to the provincial or territorial portion of a student loan.

Monica Stevens

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“I’ve always wanted to work in the Great Bear Rainforest. Plus the teams and community members have been so welcoming.”

Monica Stevens, Medical Technologist, Central Coast

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