- Our Town
Two new doctors recruited
It’s cause for celebration.
A group of concerned citizens which has been working to recruit doctors to Chase has been successful.
Two physicians have committed to move to town, one in mid-September, the other the beginning of October.
“It is a success story attributed to so many people,” says Lynne Moyer, a member of the recruiting committee, explaining that Dr. Cornel Barnard, who practises in Chase, invited a group of citizens to join him in finding physicians for the community. That was nearly a year ago.
“A lot of it is luck, but a lot of it is hard work,” Moyer says of the process involved in successful recruiting.
One doctor who was travelling through the area recommended Chase to a doctor friend, and the other one had worked at White Lake so was interested in settling in the area.
Once committee members were told of the two doctors, they contacted them to ask what they could do for them.
Moyer notes that a course committee members took in May on doctor recruitment in rural communities was very helpful.
“It all made perfect sense once she (the instructor) taught us. ‘This is how you work with and keep these doctors.’ It was an extremely helpful course that the village paid for.”
Attracting a doctor can involve a range of steps to make the transition easy.
“It went from everything from finding stables for a horse, to what is the best choice of cell phone provider,” she says, explaining that one member of the team worked on behalf of the doctor’s spouse’s employment and his interests.
Moyer added that Interior Health does a lot of screening and matching for compatibility as part of the process.
“Many, many communities make the mistake of expecting IH to be able to do it all. What I learned from this, if a community steps in and knows what we know, knows what we learned, there would be much more success in getting doctors into our rural, our smaller communities.
“It was a very, very interesting course we took back in May.”
Moyer says the process included help from many people, including several merchants who provided gift certificates for a warm welcome. One citizen contributed a website.
Mayor and council provided the recruiting group with a budget, so that recruiting signs will be available in the future when needed.
Chase’s need for doctors is not a new one. In the past, doctors worked under contract with IH, but would often leave when their contracts ended. Now the community has moved to private practice where the physician does their own billing.
Moyer says the group is very pleased and she has one piece of advice for other communities seeking doctors.
“If you want to get doctors in your town, get involved.”