Re­cruit­ment suc­cess­ful

East­ern Health ex­pects to de­liver ob­ste­tri­cian/gy­ne­col­o­gist for Car­bon­ear hospi­tal by spring

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Ex­pec­tant moth­ers in the Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion area who have had to travel to St. John’s for ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy ser­vices will be re­lieved to learn East­ern Health has re­cruited a full-time ob­ste­tri­cian/ gy­ne­col­o­gist for the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

That’s the lat­est word from East­ern Health on its on­go­ing re­cruit­ment ef­forts.

The new spe­cial­ist is ex­pected to start work at the hospi­tal in early April, ac­cord­ing to Zelda Burt, me­dia re­la­tions man­ager with East­ern Health.

Car­bon­ear Gen­eral has been with­out ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy ser­vices since last fall when the sec­ond of two spe­cial­ists re­signed. The move left lo­cal gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers with no al­ter­na­tive but to re­fer their preg­nant pa­tients to avail of ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy ser­vices in the cap­i­tal city.

Dr. Os­car How­ell, East­ern Health’s vice-pres­i­dent of med­i­cal ser­vices and di­ag­nos­tics, told The Com­pass last month they were talk­ing to ob­ste­tri­cians/gyne­col­o­gists at the lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­nal lev­els about com­ing to prac­tice their spe­cial­ties in Car­bon­ear.

Point­ing out one in­ter­na­tional grad had in­di­cated a de­sire to come to Car­bon­ear, Dr. How­ell said at the time, “we hope to have that ex­pe­ri­enced ob­ste­tri­cian/gy­ne­col­o­gist work­ing full-time in Car­bon­ear by Fe­bru­ary-march.”

A LIT­TLE FAITH — Larissa Whalen of But­lerville is shown hold­ing her baby girl, Faith El­iz­a­beth Phoebe. Faith was the first baby born at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal in 2012, ar­riv­ing just be­fore 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, weigh­ing in at six pounds, nine ounces. She is the grand­child of Clif­ford and Ni­cole Whalen. Larissa named her lit­tle girl af­ter her best friend, Faith Pot­tle of Shearstown, who passed away sud­denly last fall.

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