Thanking doctors for keeping Halton healthy

Halton’s Physician Appreciation Week (April 28-May2) is the perfect time to thank our doctors for all they do to keep us healthy.

Now in its 11th year, Physician Appreciation Week in Halton was originally established in 2003 as part of the Halton Physician Recruitment program, supporting our commitment towards achieving the best possible health and wellbeing for all.

During Halton Physician Appreciation Week, we say a collective thank you to all of Halton’s dedicated physicians who work tirelessly year round, making a difference in every life they touch. Thanks to our physicians, Halton is a safe and healthy community, and a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Attracting new doctors to establish medical practices in Halton is a priority in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. A collaborative effort with all four Halton Local Municipalities, local hospitals, clinics and community representatives, the program has helped bring more than 200 new family doctors to Halton since 2003.

Not only does our Physician Recruitment program market Halton to current and prospective physicians to help ensure all our residents have access to a family doctor, it also supports the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in Burlington. The Family Health Centre is part of the 2009 Halton McMaster partnership which saw Halton Region and the City of Burlington provide 10-year funding to McMaster University to help establish a variety of programs in the Region.

And this partnership is garnering concrete results with more physicians staying in Halton. Last year, the first group of Halton McMaster Family Health Centre family medicine residents completed their training and from those five residents, three are now establishing practices in Halton.

For a list of doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. To learn more about the physician recruitment program, visit www.haltondoctors.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Enhancing online information for local physicians – The new www.halton.ca/physicians

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting our local physicians at Halton’s Physician Appreciation dinner. The dinner is held in honour of Physician Appreciation Week as a token of thanks for the contributions physicians make each and every day. Our local physicians strengthen our community and are one of the key reasons Halton is a wonderful place to call home.

Achieving the best possible health for our citizens is one of the key priorities for Halton Region, and we recognize we can’t do this alone. We work every day with physicians and other health care professionals in our community to offer programs, engage residents in active, healthy lifestyles, and provide consistent, quality health information.

Physician web

Of course one of the key ways we provide health information is through our website, and over the past few years, we’ve been focused on increasing the interactivity of our site and improving the content we make available to our residents and professionals in the community. This includes the recent launch of our new physician-targeted web pages at www.halton.ca/physicians.

This section of our site has been completely revamped to provide more targeted and timely public health information to physicians to help them in the everyday care of their patients. It also informs physicians about the range of local services and resources available by the Health Department and other organizations who support their patients outside of the doctor’s office.

The new section of the site is easier to navigate, more visually appealing and will be kept up to date with the latest health information. The pages also link to our physician recruitment section targeted to new physicians who may be looking to set up practice here in Halton.

We hope the new online tools will benefit the work physicians do every day to make Halton Region the best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Physician Appreciation Week – Celebrating Halton’s Physicians

Halton’s physicians are committed to excellence and deliver high-quality care to patients.Physician appreciation

This week, April 29 to May 3, is Physician Appreciation Week. Now in its 10th year, Physician Appreciation Week in Halton was originally established in 2003 as part of the Halton Physician Recruitment program.

Together with local hospitals, we celebrate the efforts of Halton’s physicians and recognize their contribution to our community. Local hospitals will host coffee or luncheon events with the Mayors of their respective communities this week and, with support from corporate sponsors, Halton Region will host a networking event for physicians across the region.

Attracting new physicians to establish medical practices in Halton is a priority in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. A collaborative effort with all four Halton Local Municipalities, local hospitals, clinics and community representatives, the program has helped bring 182 new family doctors to Halton since 2003.

Halton physicians play a major role in the high quality of life we enjoy in Halton.  During Halton Physician Appreciation Week, we say a collective thank you to all of Halton’s dedicated physicians. Halton doctors work tirelessly year round, making a difference in every life they touch. Thanks to our physicians, Halton is a healthy and safe community, and a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. To learn more about the physician recruitment program, visit www.haltondoctors.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Our thanks to Halton’s physicians

The week of April 30 to May 4, 2012 is Physician Appreciation Week in Halton. During this week, Halton Region and local hospitals recognize physicians for their contribution to our community. The week was originally designated in 2003 by the Halton Physician Recruitment program which aims to ensure that each and every resident in Halton has access to effective health services today and in the future. 

To achieve this goal, Halton works together with our Local Municipalities, physicians, local hospitals, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and others.

These efforts are paying off. Halton Region’s award winning Physician Recruitment program has attracted and retained a record number of physicians, helping to bring 160 new family doctors to Halton since 2003.

Healthy communities rely on accessible, quality medical care. Whether welcoming new life, treating daily health issues or performing life saving surgery, Halton’s physicians provide compassionate and professional care. It is in large part thanks to our physicians that we enjoy such a high quality of life in Halton.

During Halton Physician Appreciation Week, we join together as a community to say thank you to all of Halton’s dedicated physicians.

Our doctors help to make Halton a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and retire. Thank you for making such an incredible difference, each and every day.

To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians.

To find out more about Halton Physician Appreciation Week or Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment Program, contact Angela Sugden-Praysner, Physician Recruitment Coordinator, by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, or visit www.haltondoctors.ca.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Hats off to Halton’s Physicians

May 1, 2011 was the first ever Doctors’ Day in Ontario External Link. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female physician in Canada. Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill, successfully introduced the motion to the Ontario Legislature last month to formally recognize the incredible work that doctors do.

In Halton, we have celebrated Physician Appreciation Week for nine years. During this week, May 2 to 6, 2011, Halton Region and local hospitals recognize physicians for their contribution to our community.  The week was originally designated by the Halton Physician Recruitment program which was established in 2002 to ensure residents have access to effective health services today and in the future.  Since its inception, the program has helped bring over 130 new family doctors to Halton.

Halton physicians keep our community healthy and thriving.  We are fortunate to have such excellent medical care available. During Halton Physician Appreciation Week, we join together as a community to say thank you to all of Halton’s dedicated physicians.

As an additional gesture of appreciation, this year Halton Region partnered with the Doctors’ Hockey Club and the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton External Link to host Docs on Ice External Link, an annual fundraising doctors’ hockey tournament.  Doctors volunteer in the community through events such as Docs on Ice, helping to make Halton a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and retire.  The tournament brought over 900 doctors and medical students to Halton in April. With the help of local volunteers, the Docs on Ice raised $150,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton.

There was a wonderful feeling of camaraderie throughout the three-day event. I know this same spirit exists among the physician community as a whole, and contributes to its success here in Halton. 

Once again, thank you to all of Halton’s physicians.  We very much appreciate your role in keeping Halton healthy.

To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. To find out more about Halton Physician Appreciation Week or Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment Program, contact Angela Sugden-Praysner, Physician Recruitment Coordinator, by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, or visit www.haltondoctors.ca External Link.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”