Barnard-Thomp­son named Fam­ily Doc­tor of the Year


WEST NORTHUM­BER­LAND — A Cobourg-based doc­tor has re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant recog­ni­tion from her peers.

Dr. Kath­leen Barnard-Thomp­son is a 2017 re­cip­i­ent of the On­tario Col­lege of Fam­ily Physi­cians Re­gional Fam­ily Physi­cian of the Year Award.

“I am honoured to be rec­og­nized by my col­leagues who are equally de­serv­ing of recog­ni­tion for their tire­less work to cre­ate a com­mu­nity of car­ing in Northum­ber­land, Dr. Barnard-Thomp­son said when asked for her com­ment on the award.

She is one of the doc­tors at the Northum­ber­land Fam­ily Health Team of­fice in Northum­ber­land Mall and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lau­rel Savoy con­grat­u­lated Barnard-Thomp­son on her “wellde­served award.

“All of us at Northum­ber­land Fam­ily Health Team are very proud to work along­side Dr. Barnard-Thomp­son in the de­liv­ery of in­ter­dis­ci­plinary pa­tient­cen­tred care.”

A me­dia re­lease from the On­tario Col­lege of Fam­ily Physi­cians states this about the nom­i­na­tion, and the award pre­sen­ta­tion that is slated for Nov. 23 in Toronto: “Nom­i­nated by their peers, the award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to seven On­tario fam­ily doc­tors – one from each re­gion of the prov­ince – who pro­vide ex­em­plary care to their pa­tients and are pas­sion­ately in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties that con­trib­ute to ex­cel­lence in fam­ily medicine.”

Well-known lo­cal physi­cian Dr. Mark Es­sak, past chair and lead physi­cian of the Northum­ber­land Fam­ily Health Team, stated in a me­dia re­lease that “Dr. BarnardThomp­son serves her pa­tients tire­lessly. She is a great role model for our com­mu­nity and re­gion, show­ing new grads how one should be a com­plete fam­ily doc­tor.”

She was part of group cre­at­ing the lo­cal fam­ily health team in Cobourg.

The re­lease states fur­ther that Dr. Barnard-Thomp­son is “depart­ment chief, Ma­ter­nal Child Ser­vices at the Northum­ber­land Hills Hos­pi­tal, she is a strong sup­porter and ad­vo­cate for the “MoreOB” per­for­mance im­prove­ment pro­gram within the ob­stet­ri­cal unit, and a mem­ber of the Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.”

It also notes that “through­out her 12-year med­i­cal ca­reer, BarnardThomp­son has pro­vided the full scope of fam­ily prac­tice care - in fam­ily medicine clin­ics, in the emer­gency depart­ment, in nurs­ing homes, in hos­pi­tal wards, and in ob­stet­ri­cal and new­born care.

De­scribed as ‘strik­ing a per­fect bal­ance be­tween au­ton­omy and su­per­vi­sion’, she is a val­ued re­source to the res­i­dents she teaches at the Univer­sity of Toronto and Queens Univer­sity. She was (pre­vi­ously) rec­og­nized for her out­stand­ing work in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in 2015, when she was one of two doc­tors to win the Ru­ral On­tario Med­i­cal Pro­gram Pre­cep­tor of the Year Award.”

Dr. Kath­leen Barnard-Thomp­son

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