Labrador-Gren­fell Health ap­points new VP of Med­i­cal Ser­vices

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

Labrador- Gren­fell Health has ap­pointed Dr. Gabe Wool­lam as the vice- pres­i­dent of Med­i­cal Ser­vices.

Wool­lam is a prac­tic­ing physi­cian at the Labrador Health Cen­tre, Happy Val­leyGoose Bay, and has served as chief of med­i­cal staff for the Labrador Health Cen­tre since 2010. Since join­ing Labrador- Gren­fell Health in 2008, he has also had ex­ten­sive in­volve­ment in train­ing med­i­cal stu­dents and fam­ily medicine res­i­dents through the North­ern Fam­ily Medicine ( NORFAM) pro­gram in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Fac­ulty of Medicine at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity.

“My eight years of prac­tice in Labrador have given me an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the unique chal­lenges in pro­vid­ing care to a di­verse and ge­o­graph­i­cally re­mote pop­u­la­tion,” said Wool­lam. “Dur­ing my time as chief of staff at the Labrador Health Cen­tre, I have worked to main­tain an en­vi­ron­ment which at­tracts and re­tains phys- icians, which I hope has made pos­i­tive im­pacts to pa­tient care. I am look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on new chal­lenges in over­see­ing the pro­vi­sion of med­i­cal ser­vices through­out the Labrador- Gren­fell Health re­gion.”

He is a clin­i­cal as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in fam­ily medicine at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and has served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties with sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the New­found­land and Labrador Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the So­ci­ety of Ru­ral Physi­cians of Canada.

He is a re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the Award of Ex­cel­lence from the Col­lege of Fam­ily Physi­cians of Canada, and the Gus Rowe Clin­i­cal Teach­ing Award from Me­mo­rial Univer­sity of New­found­land.

Wool­lam suc­ceeds Dr. Michael Jong, who re­tired last month as vice- pres­i­dent of med­i­cal ser­vices. Dur­ing a 35- year ca­reer as a physi­cian, ed­u­ca­tor, ad­min­is­tra­tor, men­tor and re­searcher in Labrador, Jong con­trib­uted greatly to the de­vel­op­ment and en­hance­ment of med­i­cal ser­vices in the Labrador- Gren­fell Health re­gion.

Tony Wake­ham, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Labrador- Gren­fell Health, wel­comed Wool­lam to the ex­ec­u­tive team and said his ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sional back­ground will be as­sets in po­si­tion­ing the re­gional health au­thor­ity to adapt to changes and chal­lenges in the health-care sec­tor.

Wake­ham also de­scribed Jong as a ded­i­cated, hard­work­ing, knowl­edge­able and ex­em­plary in­di­vid­ual whose tire­less work went beyond medicine and in­flu­enced ev­ery facet of the health ser­vice through­out North­ern New­found­land and Labrador.

“We ex­tend best wishes to Dr. Jong as he takes on other tasks and em­braces other chal­lenges in the health care sec­tor. He has un­doubt­edly left an in­deli­ble mark on health care ser­vices in the re­gion and is held in high re­gard by his pa­tients and for the re­la­tion­ships he forged with Abo­rig­i­nal groups and health­care providers far and wide.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Dr. Gabe Wool­lam, left, is suc­ceed­ing Dr. Michael Jong as vice-pres­i­dent of Med­i­cal Ser­vices of Labrador-Gren­fell Health.

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