A big thanks to doctors for keeping Halton healthy

A big thanks to doctors for keeping Halton healthy

Release Date: Apr 25, 2014

Every year, Halton Region and the local hospitals celebrate the efforts of Halton’s physicians and recognize their contributions to our community with Physician Appreciation Week, which takes place April 28 to May 2.

May 1 is also the fourth Doctors’ Day in Ontario. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female physician in Canada.

“Halton’s physicians work tirelessly year round, making a difference in every life they touch,” said Gary Carr, Regional Chair. “Having access to a family doctor helps ensure effective health care and contributes to the high quality of life our residents enjoy. On behalf of Regional Council, I’d like to say a hearty thank you to all the physicians who choose to make Halton home to their practice and help keep our community safe and healthy.”

Now in its 11th year, Physician Appreciation Week in Halton was originally established in 2003 by the Halton Physician Recruitment program. Today, attracting new physicians to establish medical practices in Halton continues as a priority in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. The Physician Recruitment program addresses both current physician needs and the needs of the future. A collaborative effort with all four Local Municipalities, local hospitals, clinics and community representatives, the initiative is well on its way to meeting the goal of a family doctor for every Halton resident. Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment program has helped bring more than 200 new family doctors since 2003.

Halton’s Physician Recruitment program also continues to provide support to the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in Burlington. The Family Health Centre is part of the 2009 Halton McMaster partnership which saw Halton Region and the City of Burlington provide ten-year funding to McMaster University to help establish a variety of programs in the Region. In June 2013, the first group of Halton McMaster Family Health Centre family medicine residents completed their training and from those five residents, three are now establishing practices in Halton.

To see a list of doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. For more information on the physician recruitment program, visit www.haltondoctors.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Angela Sugden-Praysner
Physician Recruitment Coordinator
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7929

Heather Burnett
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7763
1-866-442-5866
heather.burnett@halton.ca