Docs vs. Jocks in­tro­duces new physi­cians to Gan­der

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY ADAM RANDELL THE BEA­CON

James Pat­ton Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal physi­cians and high school stu­dents squared off on the soc­cer field on Oct. 5 for a Docs vs. Jocks fun game. The idea be­hind the game was to in­tro­duce new physi­cians to Gan­der and have a bit of fun in the process.

Dr. Gill Starkes, one of the or­ga­niz­ers said over the last month seven new physi­cians have been added to the hos­pi­tal’s med­i­cal staff. She thought the soc­cer game would be a great way to welcome the new staff to Gan­der.

“This is a fun, in­ter­na­tional group of peo­ple – there were many among the new group of doc­tors that re­ally love soc­cer and have come with young chil­dren, so we are re­ally try­ing to plug them into the com­mu­nity,” said Starkes.

She also added it was a way to pro­mote recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and soc­cer in the area – as it’s a low-cost, low-in­jury sport that pro­motes ac­tive liv­ing.

The gath­er­ing was used to raise cash and food do­na­tions for the area food bank.

PI­ETER VAN HEER­DEN PHOTO

A Docs vs. Jocks soc­cer game saw James Pa­ton Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal physi­cians square off against high school stu­dents on Oct. 5

PI­ETER VAN HEER­DEN PHOTO

The idea be­hind the match was to in­tro­duce the seven new physi­cians added to the hos­pi­tal’s med­i­cal staff over the past month to the town.

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