Physician recruitment in Niagara has come a long way. It wasn’t that long ago when Niagara residents read headline after headline about physician shortages throughout the region. Today however, those problems seem like a distant memory.
According to Niagara Health, there are over 500 doctors in Niagara, 34 of whom were recruited in the last year. In the last six years, Niagara Health said they recruited 150 physicians, resulting in more care that is closer to home for Niagara’s residents. However, like most communities across Ontario there is still a shortage of family physicians.
Dr. Kathleen Quinn, a Nephrologist, joined the Kidney Care Program in January. She said that she is thrilled to work in an organization that has been strongly successful in physician recruitment.
“There are a lot of new specialists who have come on who are enthusiastic about their work. And the collaborative atmosphere that we have here between services is one of the huge draws of joining Niagara Health,” Dr. Quinn said.
Niagara Health’s Interim Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President Medical, Dr. Johan Viljoen, said they had to expand their staff to accommodate the growing number of patients.
“The services we provide within Niagara Health have expanded, and that has required the higher positions with particular skill sets. But also our departments have grown, the volumes of patients that we take care of have grown, and so we’ve had to bolster our manpower on just about every front,” Dr. Viljoen said.
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