Canadian Medical Association

Okotoks, Alta.; University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 1994; family medicine. Died Feb. 21, 2020, aged 49. Survived by his wife and daughters. The Rocky Mountain House Primary Care Network (PCN) in Alberta commented: “Dr. van Zyl came to the Rocky Medical Clinic from South Africa by way of Manitoba. With him he brought a passion for medicine and patient care that cannot be taught. As the chronic disease physician lead for the PCN, he pushed us and taught us the importance of patient-centred care and self-management. He engaged us by challenging our thinking process and he believed we were capable of great things. We developed a health journal for patients to track their health needs. We designed a chronic disease management program to support patients by teaching them how to manage their own health. He helped put the Rocky PCN on the map as a place for health care innovation and team development. Dr. van Zyl was also on the Board of Directors for a number of years, and he helped to develop the PCN into what it is today: a place for patients to come and get the best education and support regarding their health. The loss of Dr. van Zyl as a physician will be felt throughout the health care community, and his loss as a friend and mentor will be felt for a long time to come.”

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