New doctor is in at HGMH
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital will soon welcome its newest physician, Dr. Eric Bilodeau, who will begin accepting patients out of his new office as of July 1.
Dr. Bilodeau, 36, says he chose the Alexandria institution because of the way it treats its doctors.
“They are very welcoming,” says the Hawkesbury area resident. “They’re repainting my office, doing everything they can to bring doctors here.”
Before becoming a physician, he was in the military for a while and then worked for Air Canada as a check-in agent before going back to school in Ottawa to study pharmaceutical science before attending medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury. He finished his residency at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa in 2017.
Shortly after that, he started working out of Hawkesbury. He later spent about a year “living out of my jeep,” working in hospitals in Engelhart, Kirkland Lake, Cochrane, North Bay, and Hearst.
But now that he’s going to start practising here in Glengarry, he says he’s happy to be settling down.
This won’t be the first time that Dr. Bilodeau has worked at the local hospital, where he has had privileges and has done a number of shifts in the emergency room.
Dr. Bilodeau’s office, located near the southwestern corner of the building, consists of a reception area and two examination rooms.
Dr. Bilodeau has a number of restrictions placed on him by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) following a complaint at his former practice.
Under an order issued January 30, he is not allowed to perform circumcisions or vasectomies, nor is he allowed to practise in any out-of-hospital premises. He is only permitted to work in hospitals in which he has privileges or at family medicine and walk-in clinics.
Dr. Bilodeau says he is cooperating with the investigation.
In the meantime, HGMH doesn’t seem too concerned about the investigation.
“This interim practice restriction does not affect his ability to practise family and emergency medicine in its full context at HGMH as long as the restriction is respected,” a hospital representative wrote on HGMH’s Facebook page. “The CPSO has raised no concerns with Dr. Bilodeau opening a practice in our community as long as the above interim practice restriction is followed.”
Dr. Eric Bilodeau