The most recent doctor changeover in the region will see long-time physicians parting ways with the Peace, but also new professionals stepping into the scene.
Dawson Creek will say goodbye to Dr. Mike Pilgrim, who plans to retire this summer, and to the region’s only internal medicine specialist, Dr. Marc Lambiotte, this June, according to a Northern Health recruitment memo obtained by the Alaska Highway News. Dr. Servaas Verster left in late December.
But two doctors, Dr. Johan Faasen, who will start “as soon as paperwork permits,” and Dr. Leonard Juul, who will arrive “as soon as his immigration allows,” will be moving to Dawson Creek, the internal memo, dated Feb. 17, indicates.
Another potential physician, Dr. A. Oyedeji, may be arriving in the fall, and another physician, Dr. Clayton, recently completed a locum and site visit from Feb. 29 to March 18.
In Chetwynd, which was “almost down to no physicians,” according to Angela de Smit, chief operating officer for Northern Health, the health situation is improving.
Dr. Sadeer Hanoosh joined the medical team there in mid-February, and another doctor will be joining the ranks in August or September.
“They were able to retain one physician and they’re up to four now, with a fifth one in August, September,” de Smit said.
In Fort Nelson, Dr. Okeona arrived in mid-February, the document says. In Tumbler Ridge, Dr. Pillay “has returned and intends to stay,” and Dr. Solomon will likely be joining in summer 2016.
Hudson’s Hope will say goodbye to Dr. Rurik Hubner, who leaves March 31, with one of Fort St. John’s departing physicians, Dr. Ramesh Kamath, filling in for four months when he leaves the Fort St. John Primary Care Clinic April 1.
Dr. Mugurel Nicolae, Dr. Gbena Oluyede, and Dr. Abdallah Hassan Abdalla have all left Fort St. John in recent weeks, and Dr. Kehinde Oluyede is leaving in June.
Dr. Paul Mackey, who’s served Fort St. John for 20 years, plans to depart this September.
However, the Fort St. John community welcomed Dr. Olusgen Oyedeji in January, and a psychiatrist, Dr. Afridi, has just arrived in Fort St. John. Dr. Cam Jeffrey has signed a letter of offer, according to the document, but has no set arrival date.
Additionally, Dr. Hayatay will arrive in Fort St. John this summer, as will Dr. Nobar.
Obstetrician gynecologist Dr. Adegbenro is slated to start work in Fort St. John as well, but has not confirmed a start date, the document indicates.