Physician Recruitment program scores high

Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment program has attracted and retained an impressive number of physicians. Since 2003, the program has helped bring over 130 new family doctors to Halton. In addition, several family physicians have been recruited to cover long term locums, such as maternity leaves, and several other new family physicians have established part time practices in the area.

The Physician Recruitment program addresses the issue of family medicine physician recruitment, ensuring the delivery of effective health services to Halton residents today and in the future. The program has enjoyed tremendous success: over 20 family physicians have established their practice in Halton over the past year. To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians.

An increased patient demand, an ageing population, planned physician retirement, changing physician practice patterns and a projected population growth in Halton of 25 per cent by 2019, mean that the need for new physicians will continue.

An award winning marketing and promotion strategy for the Physician Recruitment program includes, among other things, community tours and physician meetings for prospective family physicians, a website, participation in trade shows, recruiting events and an advertising campaign. This year’s campaign also includes sponsorship of Docs on Ice External Link, an annual fundraising doctors’ hockey tournament.

As a former hockey player, I’m really looking forward to this event, and to be able to showcase Halton as a tourism destination of choice.

The Doctors’ Hockey Club, host for the 2011 tournament, is made up of Halton, Hamilton and Mississauga hockey-playing doctors.  With the help of local volunteers, the tournament raises funds through a combination of registration fees, sponsorship, donations and special events. Funds raised through Docs on Ice Oakville 2011 will support the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton.

A number of NHL Alumni will be honoured guests at Docs on Ice Oakville 2011 including former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs Wendel Clark and two-time Vezina Trophy winner Johnny Bower.

You can learn more about the tournament by visiting www.docsonice.ca External Link.  For more information on Halton Region’s physician recruitment program, visit www.haltondoctors.ca External Link, dial 311, 905-825-6000, ext. 7929, toll free 1-866-442-5866, or TTY 905-827-9833.

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