Vacant physician position filled at hospital in St. Lawrence
New doctor coming to US Memorial
The U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence is getting a new family practice physician.
Eastern Health media relations manager Tracey Boland confirmed the news on Friday, Oct. 26.
In an e-mail to The Gazette, Boland explained that the new physician will be starting at the health care centre on Monday, Nov. 12.
The position at the hospital was made vacant approximately two-months ago when a doctor who had been working at the hospital left to go to another area.
St. Lawrence Mayor Paul Pike said it is hard to retain physicians in the town due to the demand for service.
“When you’re on-call every second weekend, it can be (difficult),” said Pike.
There was some discussion regarding a new doctor coming to the town during a council meeting in St. Lawrence held on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
“I think it would be important to welcome (them),” Pike suggested during the meeting.
It was also suggested that physicians in town be included in community functions.
“Let it be noted now in the minutes,” said Pike, “that we as a council would like groups to invite physicians (to events) to make them feel part of our community.”
The town also discussed other ways of helping retain physicians in the town such as clearing driveways in the winter months.
US Memorial Hospital in St. Lawrence