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October 18, 2011

Twenty Five Doctors Recruited to Rural Communities

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Original Article found in The Fairview Post:

Nearly 25 general practitioners and specialists have been recruited to rural communities in northern Alberta this year as Alberta Health Services (AHS) continues its physician recruitment strategy with the support of community partners and organizations.

A new physician is planning to come to Fairview upon completion of his residency at the end of June 2012.

New physicians in northern Alberta have improved local access to a family doctor and made specialized services available to more people, says Dr. Chris Eagle, President and Chief Executive Officer of AHS. Our physician recruitment strategy for northern Alberta is showing promising results and improving access to primary care for residents in many communities,. says Dr. Eagle.

We know there is still much work ahead of us. Albertans, wherever they live, must have access to a family doctor and other primary care services in their communities, so they can remain healthy and enjoy a good quality of life. AHS, Alberta Health and Wellness, and our partners continue to work diligently to make this happen..

Health Action Plan, jointly developed by the Government of Alberta and AHS, and supported by the provinceís stable, 5-year funding. Other communities in northern Alberta with new physicians include Grande Prairie, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Hinton, Lac La Biche, Fort McMurray, Whitecourt and Onoway. Steady progress is being made on other physician practice opportunities across northern Alberta, says Dr. Kevin Worry, Medical Director of the AHS North Zone.

Physician recruitment is a challenge nationwide and initiatives like our physician recruitment strategy and strong support from communities, programs and a range of organizations are making Alberta successful in attracting doctors,. says Dr. Worry.

AHS is continuing to work to recruit physicians to northern Alberta to meet the needs of our communities.

To achieve this goal, AHS employs two full-time physician recruitment officers in the North Zone, and works closely with the Rural Physician Action Plan, a provincial organization that assists in recruiting and retaining physicians. Practice opportunities in northern Alberta are posted on the organizationís website,

Health Advisory Councils ñ each consisting of 10 to 15 volunteer members who facilitate dialogue between their communities and AHS ñ play a vital role in supporting physician recruitment by providing information about local health needs.

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