New doc­tor is in at HGMH

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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.

Re­stric­tions

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

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