Municipality of Kincardine Commits to Physician Recruitment

Posted On Thursday October 14, 2021

The Municipality of Kincardine is actively recruiting family physicians to work a combination of clinic, hospitalist, and Emergency Room (ER) shifts. A significant number of residents do not have access to a regular family practitioner for primary care.  The South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Kincardine Emergency Room is also understaffed and at continual risk of daily or night closures.

Within the Municipality, there are more than 14,000 patients and just 10 family Physicians who - along with primary care - provide hospital inpatient coverage, nursing and retirement home care, pregnancy and baby wellness programs, palliative care, memory clinics, mental health management, and care for patients in all stages of life.

“A vibrant community is dependent on reliable access to healthcare,” commented Chrystel Murphy, Physician Recruiter. “The goal is for every person to have access to a family physician to support their wellbeing and for our hospital to have the necessary physicians to support hospital services and the emergency room. We are hard at work to recruit 3 new family physicians.”

“Council has established an incentive package that will be flexible to meet the needs of physicians during the recruitment process,” said Doug Kennedy, Councillor and Physician Recruitment Committee Chair.

As part of that incentive package, visiting physicians have access to locum house accommodations. Two homes were generously purchased by The Society of United Professionals in 2014 to support the Municipality’s physician recruitment. The Society of United Professionals is the union of choice for more than 8,000 professionals across Ontario including 1200 local members who perform technical and supervision roles for Bruce Power.

“These accommodations are crucial to our physician recruitment efforts, and we wholeheartedly thank The Society of United Professionals for their substantial support.” said Murphy.

Members of the community who would like to help with physician recruitment efforts are invited to join the Municipality of Kincardine “Physician Squad” - a group of area ambassadors willing to showcase attractions, activities, and quality of life to visiting physicians.

For more information about the Physician Squad, or to join, please contact Chrystel Murphy, Physician Recruiter, at physicianrecruitment@kincardine.ca or 519-385-5266.

More information about the Municipality of Kincardine’s Physician Recruitment program can be found at www.kincardine.ca/pr.

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