Va­cant physi­cian po­si­tion filled at hospi­tal in St. Lawrence

New doc­tor com­ing to US Me­mo­rial

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL ST. LAWRENCE, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

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.

COLIN FAR­RELL — SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

US Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in St. Lawrence

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